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John Phillips Tuition Series:
Are Your Clubs Helping Your Game?

How many golfers play golf with the wrong equipment?

How many people go to work with clothes that don't fit? The answer is none, so why do so many people play with clubs that are incorrectly fitted for them?

Over the next few pages, I will help spread some light on club lies, shafts, grip sizes and how they go hand in hand with sound fundamentals to improve your game.

Determining the Proper Grip Size

The proper grip size plays a significant role in a golfers' ability to control the club and in turn the flight of the ball. The correct grip size provides the golfer with a positive control throughout the swing and the ability to return the club back to the correct position at impact. Many golfers like the feel of larger grips, but this may limit the ability to release the club properly back square to the ball.

To check your grip size and find out whether you need larger or smaller grips, take the club with your left hand, placing it from your first finger through the palm of your hand. If your 2nd and 3rd finger just touch the inside of your palm, you know the grips are correct.

Larger grips may be used by players who hook the ball because of a strong hand position or over active hand action in the impact area. Golfers suffering with arthritis will also benefit from larger grips because they will not have to grip the club with as much pressure, resulting in less discomfort.

Smaller grips may be used by players who slice the ball due to a weak grip position, by making the grips smaller it will promote a better release through impact, resulting in fewer slices.

In addition, if your club feels dead in your hands, a smaller grip may provide a better feel through the clubhead.

Note: It may not just be a poor grip taken on the club that leads to wear on your golf glove. It could be incorrect grip sizing.


Tuition Series 2 Menu Introduction Putting Chipping Pitching
Green Side Bunker Playing with Drivers Fairway Woods Improving Practice Time Are Your Clubs Helping?