Controlling the Ball Flight using Grip Pressure
We have talked about the grip pressure last time. You can experiment with the grip pressure and find lots of interesting results.
Tom Watson once said that he controls his ball flight using different grip pressure than normal.
At one tournament, he was leading the tournament with 3 shots and standing on the tee ground at the 18th hole. There was water on the left side. The wind was blowing from right to left.
To avoid water, Tom Watson held the club little tighter than normal with the last three fingers of his left hand and maintained that firmness though impact.
The shot he hit was a strong fade against the wind from the right. He won the tournament by 2 shots.
He later said that he learn this technique from his father.
Why was he able to hit a fade with this technique?
Well, by holding it with the last three fingers of his left hand, he was kind of restricting his right hand. He held the club little tighter with his left hand to keep the clubface from turning over through impact.
If you want to hit a draw, you should hold the grip little lighter than normal with your left hand. This will make it easier to turn the clubface over through impact causing the ball to draw.
I think it's really fun to experiment with grip pressure.
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