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Just a fluke or does this make sense
I'm a 20ish handicap. Have a fairly strong left hand grip (about 3 knuckles). Also have a strong right hand grip actually, but I fight that hand b/c it seems to naturally want to go weaker.

Anyway, my bad shots are fades that start right and fade right (every club).

I read in a recent article (as I've heard Haney say many times) to face the back of your left hand/watch toward the target at impact. Can't really do this with my strong grip.

Anyway, tried weakening my left hand this morning so it faced the target. It's probably neutral now. Felt awkward in the backswing but made some VERY good contact.

I'm going to try it out a few more times obviously, but does this make sense? I've always heard to go to a STRONGER grip to draw the ball.

Thanks.

-TJW
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If your ball is starting right and curving further right, most likely you are coming through the ball from the inside with an open clubface.

 

A strong grip can help to hit a draw, the issue is that if your grip gets too strong, you will end up "holding on" to the clubface to prevent a big hook. Effectively hitting a block with every shot so that you don't hook it way left. A weaker grip allows you to release the club without fear of a big grip.

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A strong grip can help to hit a draw, the issue is that if your grip gets too strong, you will end up "holding on" to the clubface to prevent a big hook. Effectively hitting a block with every shot so that you don't hook it way left. A weaker grip allows you to release the club without fear of a big grip.

 

I have to agree with this statement. I will put both hands in a weak position when I really want to tear the covers off. I will try to release and turn over my hands as hard and fast as I can without the fear of hooking it. Most of the time it's a powerfade! :drinks:

 

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Thanks for the responses.

 

My grip is a mess right now. I have a VERY hard time releasing the club. It's just a big mental block. Think of how you would hit a greenside pitch shot where you didn't release the club on your follow through and that's what my full swings are like.

 

That said, while the stronger grip is somewhat of a band-aid for this, it seems that a neutral grip is a better long term fix. With the neutral grip, my mind feels that if I don't release the club I'm DEAD.

 

The problem is, some days I'm able to release and some days I'm just not. Just have to keep working on it.

 

Any other thoughts or tips are welcome.

 

-TJW

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