Grip cause & effectJuly 20 2012 at 8:16 PM
|Don M (Snowman) (Login Snowman9000)|
SAGF Members 2006
I have come to realize that I never gave enough respect to why a certain grip (hands, not the club handle) is a match, or not, for a certain swing.
Last year and this year I took lessons from an NGCI, and each time he had me put the trail hand in the fingers. Weeks later I would be hitting pulls and hooks. Of course by the time the hooks developed, I wasn't able to see the connection. I'm always wondering if I've changed my stance, am using different irons, my back is acting up, you know the merry-go-round.
Midsummer last year I figured out it was the finger grip. I went to the previous NG grip, which is essentially the same as the IMA grip. The hooks went away.
When a new season starts, I am always lost and have to learn it all again. I went through the same thing this year. I looked at my notes and read what I wrote last year about the grip and the hooks. I switched back to the IMA grip and what a difference. Just night and day. The first round with the IMA grip I actually had to play a fade, because that is what was happening. But what a relief! I only missed 3 fairways, and those just barely missed. I hit 11 greens instead of my lately usual 5 or 6. I hope I can get rid of the fade, but it wouldn't be that hard to live with.