The Practice Regimen

By: Anthony Marcus

The Practice Regimen

By: Anthony Marcus


Like most amateur golfers, I want to hit the ball like the pros. I want to hit that booming drive or that sweet iron shot into the green that spins (just like the guys on the tour!). But typically, the end result is not always what I've envisioned. Over the years I've discovered that in golf, the key to success is a consistent practice regimen.
When trying to improve your scores, you must focus on fundamentals for success. The single most important and most overlooked full swing fundamentals are the grip and the setup. The grip determines the position of the clubface at the top of the swing. The setup writes the script for the swing and all too often amateur and professional golfers struggle due to poor address positions. All great golfers and teachers are aware of the importance of these two important elements.
A good golf setup position helps you achieve three important objectives.
First, proper posture and foot placement allows you to maintain your balance throughout the swing. All great players are balanced from address to the finish, which allows them to hit the ball squarely in the center of the clubface. Balance is the key to consistent ball striking and a good setup allows you to remain in balance when swinging.

The grip connections the player with the golf club.
Placing your hands properly on the golf club helps you better control the position of the club's face at impact. During the swing your body turns to create power. Since the body is rotating, the golf club must rotate at the same rate. In other words, the body and the club must turn together as a team.
A sound grip helps you create power and feel at the same time. Wrist action is a power source and gripping the club too much in the palm of your hand reduces wrist action. The fingers are the most sensitive parts of our hands. Placing the club more in the fingers rather than in the palm increases the amount of wrist hinge, which results in longer tee shots and more feel.
One of the most common errors among golfers is a weak lead-hand (left hand for the right-handed golfer) grip that is too much in the palm.
This produces a shot that slices and lacks power.

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