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So I read a few posts talking about pressure points and hands staying together throughout the swing.

Went to the course to play a practice 9 today and took notice of my hands, and sure enough they come apart at around 9 oclock on my backswing and come together on the way down.

The slipping is happening between my lifeline of my right hand and my left thumb (Im a righty)

When I kept them together on purpose I pushed EVERYTHING to the right, it was a push slice...

Any tips on keeping the hands together without hitting that push slice everytime...

I went back to hitting my normal way and things fixed themselves, but "fixed" isnt the best thing in my game. Shot 4 pars on 9 holes and still ended up with a 44

Jim
post #2 of 8

Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

Sounds likes the pressure you are applying with your right palm is causing your left wrist to bow to the left at the top of your backswing. You must make sure there is no bowing of the left wrist by applying equal pressure with the left hand back torwards the right so that the left wrist is pretty flat at the top of your backswing without any cupping.
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Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

I posted something recently on this topic, and it's really just about keeping the hands working together as a unit. If there's alot of tension in your grip (trying to squeeze them together) you might be locking the wrists and leaving the clubface open.

This #1 pressure point (lifeline covering thumb) is a swing key that works for me; but some people do not like to think about the hands at all in their swing.

When I first noticed that my hands were separating during my swing, I really focused on keeping them together. I'll admit my grip pressure was about a 9 out of 10 at first. But now that it's more comfortable, I'm just thinking about supporting the club through the swing with medium pressure.

Sorry if I led you astray!
post #4 of 8
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Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

LOL, I hit a 7 iron about 20 yards today, got about a foot off the ground and took off after about 5 yards just sliced to the right for another 15, Ive never hit a shot like that...

Its very weird, do all the good guys keep the pressure on that point?? Seems very awkward

Jim
post #5 of 8

Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

No, as I mentioned earlier, not everyone thinks about pressure points in the grip. Fred Couples and Vijay Singh actually have their right hand coming off the club through impact. I've noticed alot of people appear to have very light grip pressure, especially with the right hand. Ben Hogan even calls the right hand thumb and index finger potential "swing wreckers", because they can trigger the right shoulder muscles if you apply too much pressure.

I was having a problem where the club was sliding around alot in my right hand during my swing and the clubface was twisting at impact. So I had to work on my grip to get the clubface square at impact. It has helped me make much more consistent contact lately.

If you weren't having problems squaring the clubface, I wouldn't worry about it. Remember I'm a 12 handicap so always take my golfing info with a grain of salt!
post #6 of 8

Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

A little drill that makes me think of my grip and hand/wrist position is, after you make your grip, take the thumb and the index finger and open them up like you are making an imaginary gun. You know, thumb up and index finger pointing forward. Then swing like that. That will make you feel what it comfortable for you to control the club.
I saw this on the Golf Fix and it really helped me.
post #7 of 8

Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

Originally Posted by kleraudio View Post
So I read a few posts talking about pressure points and hands staying together throughout the swing.

Went to the course to play a practice 9 today and took notice of my hands, and sure enough they come apart at around 9 oclock on my backswing and come together on the way down.

The slipping is happening between my lifeline of my right hand and my left thumb (Im a righty)

When I kept them together on purpose I pushed EVERYTHING to the right, it was a push slice...

Any tips on keeping the hands together without hitting that push slice everytime...

I went back to hitting my normal way and things fixed themselves, but "fixed" isnt the best thing in my game. Shot 4 pars on 9 holes and still ended up with a 44

Jim
There's a drill I do that involves using a something other than a 10-finger baseball grip to hold the club properly and stretching. With an overlapping grip (vardon?) and being flexible enough that my left hand can move freely with my right hand all the way throughout the swing I don't ever recall having my hands separate during the swing.

Another alternative to the 10-finger grip is the interlock, but my finger joints don't agree with that one.
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Re: Hands not staying in place on backswing...

Sounds to me like you may be trying to get the club further back at the top by opening your hands a bit rather than completing a full shoulder turn. I've had this problem as well, my instructor pointed it out. Totally subconscious move and difficult to deal with IME. The swing thought that helps me, when I remember to use it, is just to make a full shoulder turn and keep the wrists passive at the top.
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