Fundamentals to a Good Grip

By: Ben Throckmorton

You would have to think that mid to high handicappers and beginners who want to improve their golf swings and games in general and who have the most potential to improve their scores would embrace solid, time-tested fundamentals and use these time-tested techniques to improve their ball striking and scores... BUT for whatever reason, most don't. Most look to gadgetry and gimmick teaching to improve their games with little or no results. Every season it's a new theory, a new gadget, a new gimmick, but most important, they shoot the same old score, never seeing any real results where it counts.

Most of these players are looking for instant gratification or "the silver bullet" that will allow them to play great golf with little or no effort. Let me go on record right now and tell you...THE SILVER BULLET DOES NOT EXIST! You will never find this "silver bullet" in a gadget or gimmick, no matter how much cash you spend. The closest thing you'll ever find to a "silver bullet" is solid fundamentals. The better your grip, posture, and alignment are..the easier it will be for YOU to hit good solid shots that fly toward your target. It's that simple.

Golf is just much easier from good, solid fundamental positions!

If you have lots of time to practice and play and you have good hand eye coordination coupled with a lot of GOD given talent, it is possible to play at the highest levels without being fundamentally sound, without being squarely aligned, without a good grip, and without good posture.... BUT if you're like most of us weekend players who don't have time to practice and who get very little playing time, then you'd better have good fundamentals if you ever hope to improve your game.

The grip is one of the most important, if not THE most important, fundamental in all of golf and yet it is one of the most over
looked, under-practiced fundamentals of the game. At least 2/3 of the people I observe hitting balls and playing golf are struggling
with a bad grip and worse than that, most don't even realize it. If we're talking about 15 handicappers and higher the percentage of
bad grips is much higher than 2/3.

In part 2 we'll talk a little about why your grip is so important and how you can go about building a sound grip that will produce solid, accurate shots, and lower scores round after round.

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