The Fault – Weak Trail Hand Position
A grip is defined as “too weak” when either the lead hand, trail hand, or both hands are rotated too much “towards” the target at address.
We have seen this fault in our golf school students often and it leads to compensations in the motion of the swing.
Gripping the club in a “weak” position creates an incorrect relationship to the club face in the Single Plane Swing.
As seen in the photo above, note the following:
- The club shaft moves out of alignment with the trail arm.
- The lead arm is not visible above the trail arm.
- The trail shoulder is in a high position
With a weak grip, here are some issues golfers will develop:
- Incorrect swing plane in the back swing due to improper address
- Added rotations/movement of the hands and arms during the swing
- A sliced shot
- A pulled shot
- Topped shots
- Weak / short golf shots
The “weak” trail hand position is a flaw that gives many Single Plane Golfers headaches they can’t seem to solve, and is something that we see very often at schools.
Without a good grip, it is nearly impossible to achieve the proper Single Plane Address Position. The correct grip is paramount in building a solid Foundation. The Foundation is made up by the Grip and Address and simplifies the entire motion.
The Fix – Proper Trail Hand Position
As you see above, Moe’s trail hand is in the perfect position. The V formed between the thumb and forefinger point to the trail shoulder at set up.
This will allow:
- The club shaft to move in alignment with the trail arm.
- The lead arm to be visible above the trail arm (down the line view).
- The trail shoulder to be in a proper on plane position.
With a proper grip, golfers will have the ability to:
- Be in a good position with a proper set up to have a correct on plane swing plane.
- Limit and have proper rotation / movement of the hands and arms during the swing.