An Easy Method to Create Better Golf Fundamentals

How many people really take the time to work on better golf fundamentals?

Not many, I imagine… not from the stuff I see when I’m out playing.  So I’ll ask another question: how do you feel about joining the PGA?  It’s not that PGA, ya knucklehead.  It’s an acronym:

  • P is for Posture,
  • G is for Grip,
  • A is for Alignment, and

Alright, alright… the last one’s just for fun.

I have to say: I love this.  It’s such a simple golf swing tip- and can be practiced anywhere.

For transparency’s sake, it’s not my original idea… it’s been over a decade since I first heard about and implemented it, and it worked so well for me I figured an updated version with my own little tweaks would be a good idea, to keep this idea alive.

 

First, a little PP presentation:

 

Posture

This one can actually be tricky.  What is good posture?

I like to think of it as being athletic.  Weight centered, like a short stop ready to move in any direction.  Feet are about shoulder width apart, though tweaking it for comfort (narrow or wide) would be fine.  The back is straight, but may be a little curved at the shoulders.  The arms hang straight down.

As you set the club down, the butt end should be about a hand’s width away from your zipper.  Not too far, but not too close, either.

Grip

The grip can be where people get messed up the most.  Ever see those pictures with the line drawn on the glove?  It’s a perfectly straight line… but why?

Here’s what I’ve done:

grip2 (a)

It ain’t straight.

Why, do you ask?  The straight line idea (the red line) starts off near the first knuckle of the index finger.  To me, that’s just uncomfortable.  My line is more natural, and works within a concept that I apply to my grip.

Annika Sorenstam’s “Sixth Finger”

Annika Sorenstam is famous among teachers that the heel pad of her gloved hand was like a “sixth finger”.  My line accounts for that ideology.  Take a look at this:

grip2

Can you see the lines on my index finger and heel pad, where they line up?  The tip of my index finger will just naturally wrap itself around the club, and the thumb and heel pad will just close up on top of the grip.  Like these steps:

1. grip2

2. grip step 2

3. grip step 3

Looks like a normal grip to me, and the heel pad will act as that “sixth finger” to help maintain stability.

Now, the question that usually comes up is, should I use an interlocking grip or an overlap (aka Vardon) grip?  My response is whichever works best for you- and the 10-finger (“baseball”) grip is also viable.

There’s no correlation between grip type and performance.  Some will argue that “well, Tiger and Jack use/used an interlocking grip, so…”.  So, what?  Between the two of them, they have 32 majors.  Sure, they both used interlocking grips… but they did a helluva lot more right with the rest of their golf swings and mental approach than any of us are doing.

Food for thought: Jim Furyk uses a double-overlap grip, where the pinky AND the ring finger of his right hand are on top of his left hand.  Hmm….

Alignment

Alignment can be the easiest of the three to practice.  All you need is three clubs- one to hold, while the other two are set on the floor.

the PGA method to better golf

Technically, you can do this with two clubs, but I like the third (unseen in the pic) to help visualize just how far away my shoulder line points from the actual target line.  The picture should show that the club laid across my shoulders (with the green grip) is parallel to the club at my feet.

 

By now you’re probably thinking “WTF (and I don’t mean “Wrist To Floor”), man?  You’re in your jammies, in your house, taking pictures to help me play better golf?!  How the hell is that supposed to work?!”.

That’s fair… but remember earlier when I said it could be practiced anywhere?  I meant it.

So let me ask you this: how often do you practice?

None of these involve actually swinging a club.  If you wanted to (and had the room), feel free to go for it.

Do these whenever you get some free time.  Even at night, writing a post before bed, in your PJ’s half-watching an EPGA broadcast on the TV.

 

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