Flick on the Grip
Corey Roop of Kingsville, Texas, had a problem--consistency-- and the March Issue, specifically Jim Flick's "Six Steps to a Perfect Grip" story, solved it. It took some work, though.
After seeing pictures of Tiger Wood's backswing recently, I was amazed at how perfectly flat his left wrist was in relation to his forearm and shaft.
So on a whim, for the first time, I proceeded to the back yard to hit balls into the net and videotaped my backswing. I was shocked at what I found on those tapes. My set-up was perfect, takeaway was right on, in fact, I think my swing could be a exact copy of David Duval's, yet at the very top of my backswing, before the downswing was started, I had severe case of left wrist cupping (looks as if I'm swinging a baseball bat), which was so profound, caused the shaft to go across the line of my swing plane. Then on the downswing, I somehow re-routed the club to the and manipulated my hands to square the club-face. Because of this discovery, I have found the sickness that every-now-and-then cripples my swing and ruins my scores.
To fix this, I tried making my grip weaker/stronger, varying ball positions, hinging the wrist early, flatting my swing plane even more, taking the club back more outside, and placing a ruler under my watch to see if this would prevent this virus. Nothing worked until I found the article by Jim Flick. I followed his guidelines and instantly my wrist cupping was gone. Because of this simple, yet the most important basis fundamental of them all--a proper grip--I now have a perfect flat wrist and a tour-level "top" backswing without ever having to think about mechanics while I swing. Now, I'm anticipating tour-level consistency and much lower scores.
Keep us posted, Corey. You might want to track your progress on the new Golf Digest Challenge, which just re-launched. It'll give you Short and Long Game Handicaps. And if you want one of Jim McLean's instructors to analyze your swing, just to confirm your analysis, you can do that, too.
(Photo: Dom Furore)