The Position of Left Thumb Determines the Ball Flight
I have talked about the importance of the position of your left thumb on the last article. (Please see How to Grip with Your Left Hand)
The position of your left thumb can determine the clubface angle at the top of the golf swing.
The clubface angle at the top where the club shaft is parallel to the ground affects the ball flight, so lots of pros check their clubface angle at the top.
Clubface Angle at the Top
Let me explain how to check your top position.
If the clubface is facing toward the sky at the top, the clubface tends to close through impact causing a hook.
If your clubface is facing straight ahead (ex. clubfae is perpendicular to the ground), you tend to hit a slice.
So you want the clubface to point somewhere between those two positions.
But if you are hitting the ball well, don't pay too much attention to the clubface angle at the top as long as the clubface is square at impact.
So what determines the clubface angle at the top?
Lots of times, the position of your left thumb on the grip determines the clubface angle at the top.
At the top of your golf swing, your left thumb comes right underneath the shaft. Left thumb is supporting the shaft at the top position.
So pay attention to the position of your left thumb on your grip.
If it's positioned more towards the right side on the grip, the clubface tends to face more toward the sky allowing you to close the face at impact for a draw.
Lots of golfers have a wrong position at the top and try hard to fix it on the downswing with variety of wrong moves. They are successful on some occasion but most of the times fail.
You will never hit consistent shot if you manipulate your club on the downswing because it's really too late.
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