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I shot a video a couple days ago of me taking a few swings with my 8 iron in my basement. My swing is a little slow due to the fact I am on a couple rugs and don't want to ruin my clubs. I am more curious about my back swing and possible gripping of the club. Thanks!

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Usually people have the lifeline of the right hand covering the left thumb. Your hands look to be separated, with the left thumb clearly visible. I'm no expert, but your right hand grip seems a bit too strong, too far under the club.

Good balance in your swing.
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Usually people have the lifeline of the right hand covering the left thumb. Your hands look to be separated, with the left thumb clearly visible. I'm no expert, but your right hand grip seems a bit too strong, too far under the club.

This is exactly what I was hoping I would hear. When I try to cover my left thumb, I feel like I have absolutely no grip on the club. It feels like someone could come and just pull the club right out of my hand. At the top of my swing it feels like my right hand does not even support the club at all. Is this how it is supposed to be when the right hand covers the left thumb?

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This is exactly what I was hoping I would hear. When I try to cover my left thumb, I feel like I have absolutely no grip on the club. It feels like someone could come and just pull the club right out of my hand. At the top of my swing it feels like my right hand does not even support the club at all. Is this how it is supposed to be when the right hand covers the left thumb?

No, it shouldn't feel unstable. I'm going to wait for Iacas or another low-handicapper to chime in though, because the grip is important and you want to get it correct. What type of grip are you using BTW (overlap, interlock, 10-finger)?

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No, it shouldn't feel unstable. I'm going to wait for Iacas or another low-handicapper to chime in though, because the grip is important and you want to get it correct. What type of grip are you using BTW (overlap, interlock, 10-finger)?

I am using the interlock. I just tried the "correct" grip with my glove on, and it feels more sturdy. I think I was not keeping enough pressure on my right hand throughout the back swing. The "correct" grip also feels like I do not have to angle my club so far to the left in my stance to square it up.

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just read hogans 5 lessons chapter on grip. good description with illustrations. I am not the greatest golfer in the world but there are a couple of things i would like to point out to you that might help. Your left wrist looks painfully cupped at address, you could just leave your wrist straight. Second, you have kind of a chicken wing in your follow through with your left arm (I suffer from this malady too). Might help to visualize your forearms being tied together with rope (another hoganism), making sure at least one arm is always straight through your swing (left through backswing, right arm after impact). You could also keep your head still (you tilt it during your backswing). But again, I only know this because of experiencing this myself and having it pointed out by the fine members of this forum. :)
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Thanks for the tips guys. I have started trying to use the correct grip and my left arm feels alot better. It always felt so far forward in my stance. I noticed as well that my head moves, gotta try and work on that as well. I am also trying to cock my wrists. I used to be able to just start my swing and not have to move my wrists at all.
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Aside from your left hand grip being waaaay strong, the one thing that pops out at me is that you don't have much lower body/hip movement. Your left knee should bend down towards the ball and slightly to the inside of your body as your hips turn away from the ball on the backswing. I think you could do this a little more than you are. Your hips (your left hip, specifically) should initiate the downswing by turning in and towards the ball. If you freeze the video at impact, your belt buckle (if you had one) is facing almost directly towards the camera because your arms are initiating the downswing. Try and get your belt buckle rotated at least 45 degrees open at impact, I think that would be helpful in getting your hips to initiate the downswing.

The other thing I think you could try is to keep your left arm a little more straight.
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Aside from your left hand grip being waaaay strong, the one thing that pops out at me is that you don't have much lower body/hip movement. Your left knee should bend down towards the ball and slightly to the inside of your body as your hips turn away from the ball on the backswing. I think you could do this a little more than you are. Your hips (your left hip, specifically) should initiate the downswing by turning in and towards the ball. If you freeze the video at impact, your belt buckle (if you had one) is facing almost directly towards the camera because your arms are initiating the downswing. Try and get your belt buckle rotated at least 45 degrees open at impact, I think that would be helpful in getting your hips to initiate the downswing.

Ok, I will keep your suggestions in mind! I really want to get a decent swing down and then hopefully I can take some lessons in the spring time when it gets nice out. Right now I can just practice in my basement. Thanks again for all the replies, I really appreciate it!!

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You certainly have a very repeatable swing, which is great. Good shoulder turn, but not much hip turn. You are also very upright. Do you slice it? Its really impossible to find many mistakes without a behind angle.
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You certainly have a very repeatable swing, which is great. Good shoulder turn, but not much hip turn. You are also very upright. Do you slice it? Its really impossible to find many mistakes without a behind angle.

I only slice when I am using the driver off the tee, and that is a whole other problem I need to address, ha ha.

I wish I had room to get a behind angle, maybe I can jerry rig something up here soon.
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You keep your weight centered on the backswing...but its not a bad thing according to some modern swing theories. Look up tips for a stack and tilt swing.

As far as your grip which was already addressed, I would work on your takeaway. I see you are a bit handsy. You want everything for the first foot or so of your swing to move back together, propelled by your shoulder turn alone. After that first foot, you can let the club move up however much you like, as long as you keep your left arm connected to your body. Don't over-do it, or you will end up coming too far inside on your backswing which almost always leads to an over-the-top disaster downswing.
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You keep your weight centered on the backswing...but its not a bad thing according to some modern swing theories. Look up tips for a stack and tilt swing.

Thanks for the tips about the take away. I will try to implement that part into my swing. The golf swing seems like it keeps getting more complex, ha ha.

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Not much hip turn, very "mechanical" swing. Almost sort of "stack and tiltish".

All my iron shots pretty much go straight if I make good contact. I need work on my ball striking. I still top my shots a fair amount with the irons.

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Take this for what's it's worth, as I am by no means a golf pro or an expert of the golf swing. I agree with the lack of hip turn and I feel as though you may pick up your hands instead of swinging them around your body. That may be related to not turning your hips, but I am not sure. Just my 2 cents, again take it for what it's worth. Looks like a few tweaks and you have yourself a pretty decent golf swing.

I just watched the swing again and at the top of your swing there isn't much hinge in your wrists either; mind you I don't think Moe Norman did either and he was one of the best if not the best ball striker of all time.
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