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  We now come to the right thumb and forefinger-and vitally important they are.  The club-shaft, so far, is lying in the little fingers (not the palm, remember) of the right hand.  Now it will also fall snugly and securely into the bent right forefinger, which, thus placed, automatically provides added power and firmness to the swing as well as helping to steady the club at the top of the backswing.

  The right thumb is tremendously important.  Never, never have it pressed on top of the shaft, or, still worse, on the right side of the shaft.

  In either of these positions the wrist is locked and the thumb is restricting the swinging of the club head.  This leads to a fatal recoil action at the top of the swing which at once throws the club head off line.

  Look for the player with the right thumb firmly on the shaft and there you have a snatcher.  No, the correct position for the right thumb is diagonally across the shaft with the tip of the thumb meeting, or almost meeting, the tip of the fore­finger.  Only the right portion of the ball of the thumb is actually against the shaft, thus permitting the free, controlled, but unimpeded movement of the club when swung.

  We have now built up a placement of the hands on the shaft in which the back of the left hand and the palm of the right are directly aligned facing the proposed line of flight.

 Golf Grip Step 6

 The complete grip - front view.

  The grip is mainly in the fingers, not ruggedly in the palms which would be sheer ham-fisted ness.  It is through the fingers that the feel of the club head is transmitted and the main pressure will be applied by the top two or three fingers of the left hand and the two middle fingers of the right.  The third finger of the left hand is vital in my opinion, but I will deal with that separately before we leave the grip.

  The two "V"s formed by the thumbs and forefingers on the shaft will be parallel.  This is of paramount importance, a must if the two hands are to work in cohesion.  The "V"s will be closed, and they should point to a spot between the chin and the right shoulder.  Within these narrow limits you can work to find which is most suitable for you.

  It is advisable to have half an inch or an inch of the top of the shaft protruding above the heel of the left hand when the grip is completed.  This is what the Americans call "choking" the shaft and it gives better balance and feel of the club head.

 Golf Grip Step 6

 The complete grip - back view.

  We are almost there, but not quite.  To further weld the hands into one unit of control the right hand must rise as high as possible on the left.

  It may not come easily or appear comfortable at first, but I urgently stress the need to work on this aspect of the grip.  In this drawn up position the fleshy pad below the base of the right thumb will fit snugly over the left thumb, so closely that a coin placed by a friend between the pad below the right thumb and the upper side of the left thumb will not fall out.

 Golf Step 8

The final test of a secure golf grip througout the swing.  A coin placed between the base of each thumb in the completed grip should still be securely in place at the top of the swing.


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