The Golf Swing

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Set Up - Correct Distance of Hands from Body

Did you know that your clubs differ in length in 1/2" increments? A 9 iron is 1/2" shorter than an 8 iron , an 8 iron 1/2" shorter than a 7 iron etc. So how do you add consistency to ball position and make sure your hands are the proper distance from your body? Try this method. Set up to the ball as you normally would and place your club on the ground behind the ball. Remove your right hand from the club without changing the position of the club. Make a fist with your right hand and extend your thumb. Now place your fist against your left thigh. The tip of your thumb should just touch the butt of your club. Then simply place your right hand back on the club and you're ready to go. The only other piece of advice I would give you is not to leave the clubface on the ground. After determining the proper distance of your hands from your body and placing your right hand back on the club I like to raise the clubface off the ground (change the angle of the spine don't pick up the hands) as it makes for a smoother takeaway. Use this method for all your clubs and you'll always have your hands the proper distance from your body.


At 8:46 PM, Blogger Marty said...

Great tip. I know after reading your method for measuring this distance, I have been doing it wrong for a long time. If this distance is too much, it would certainly have an impact on your swing plane, ball contact, etc.


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