Alignment and Grip are 2 basics that we think we have covered every time we swing. But they may be the cause of your inconsistent hits. Just take a reality check to make sure that your setup is not the cause of your directional and distance problems. I was amazed to see how well these 2 checks improved my dumb habits that started to creep into my swing.
Ask your Buddies to Check your Shoulders!
Golfers have a natural tendency to line up with their shoulders angled left of the target, even when their feet are perfectly square.
Pete Styles on Golf Info Guide by Thomas Golf has a great video on this. Short clubs are not so bad because you line up with the ball closer to the center of your stance. The driver setup is with the ball off your leading foot so it tends to shift your shoulders forward to the left and causes over the top hits (swinging outside to inside across the ball) or just a dead left pull. So when you setup with your driver let your shoulders tilt instead of letting them point to the left.
Grip, Get it right!
Watching Henrik Stenson (and for that matter, all 30 golfers in the season ending thriller) I was reminded of this tip.
Grip your clubs with your lower hand “weak” to generate more power. Yes, that’s what I said: weak to generate more power (with the V between your thumb and first finger pointing up to your right shoulder for right handed golfers). If your grip is strong (V pointing to the right of your right shoulder) you are limiting the club head rotation in the back swing and you are depending on swing speed and body rotation to power through the hit. Extra distance comes from wrist lag and the whipping action when your wrists release and turn over at impact.
Alignment and Grip Are So Important: They can destroy your swing plane (the angle that the club travels around your spine). A good swing plane gives you the best chance to hit straight shots by returning the club square to the ball at impact. Groove a consistent, repeatable swing plane like a pro and you’ll have the ball striking consistency, length and accuracy that every golfer is looking for.
GOLFSTR+ may help you with Every Swing in Your Game but if your alignment and grip are in trouble don’t blame GOLFSTR+