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Class Continues Oct 11, 2011

Q:  I tend to grip the club too tight. When I do this the club gets out of my fingers and more in to my palms causing lost yardage, miss hits, hands hurting after a round and duck hooks. I know I need a grip pressure of a four on a scale of 1 to 10, but how do I obtain that 4 and maintain it through my swing?

Steven J. Elliott

A:  I am not at all convinced the club should sit in the fingers; in fact it should be a good part in the palm of your leading hand. The heel pad of your hand must be on top of the club, but the act of trying to have the club sit in your fingers might be why it slips around so much. As for grip pressure, I don't necessarily think 'four' pressure level is right for everyone, some do better with a firmer grip. My guess is you are too much in the fingers and too loose, put it more in the palm and firm up, good luck.

Q:  I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and recently I played my first 18 holes of golf. I was able to finish two strokes behind a golfer that has been playing for many years and had lessons. I was told by many others to go out and buy a cheap set of clubs and spend time on the golf course before I buy a good set of clubs. Money is tight being in the military, so would it be a waste of money to buy a cheap set of clubs, then turn around a year later and build my dream set of clubs? Thank you for your time, I love the show.

Kyle Secrest

A:  As with just about anything you get what you pay for with golf equipment. As a marine, I think I can take it you are fit and strong so you will almost certainly need a set of clubs that have stiff shafts. Most inexpensive sets you would buy from any big superstore, Sports Authority, K Mart etc. will not usually have the best components and the shafts are often not very good. I would suggest buying a used set but a premium brand, Ping, Titleist, Taylor Made etc. with a stiff steel shaft. Many golf stores have good used clubs, but probably ebay is the best place to get what you need at the right price, hope this helps.

Q:  What exactly is the feeling to have regarding the right hand in the swing?  Is it to just keep the face on path, or to give a “hit” at impact?  Is it passive or aggressive?  I am afraid of coming over-the-top if too aggressive.
Charlie (Holiday, FL)

A:  The right hand and arm have a very important job in the swing, to stretch the left arm and add structure to the whole motion. The job of the right hand is not to flip the clubhead past the left arm just as you hit the ball. A good thought to have is that on the downswing the pull of the left arm and the push of the right arm must be equal and opposite, so in an ideal golfing world you are neither pulling more with the left nor pushing more with the right at impact, hope this helps.

Q:  When you’re on the course doing well, then suddenly your swing goes bad how do you get your rhythm back? Do you have any tips or quick drills to help a player get back to pars instead of triple bogeys?

Jodi Cunningham (Browns Summit, NC)

A:  When struggling, always swing slower and shorter.  It's amazing how slow your swing can feel and yet hit good shots. For my own game the feeling of a slow motion downswing really helps, although when I watch video it is never as slow as it feels. A slower and shorter swing with less wrist makes for more consistent shots. Try taking video of your swing at what feels like 50 % normal speed, you will probably be surprised at what you see, good luck.