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In thie first of our Lee Westwood Video Tips series, the Englishman talks about the grip, how to set it and how to check that it's right
Lee Westwood Video Tips: The Grip
If you are looking to work on your basics this winter, your first port of call should be your grip. Your hands are the only thing in contact with the club and that’s why it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a beginner, working on and checking your grip regularly is essential. As the driving force behind the club, your hands are also where you get your feel from and they dictate where the clubface is pointing. There are some personal preferences here but I’d suggest that you try to secure as neutral a grip as possible. This is the best way to find power and consistency in the golf swing.
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Left hand checkpoint
Starting with the left hand, place it on the grip so the shaft runs through the fleshy part of your hand at the base of your fingers. This means the club isn’t sitting too much in your palms or your fingers. As you wrap your left hand onto the club, you are looking for your left thumb to run down the right side of the grip. A great checkpoint to have at address is to check how many knuckles you can see at address. I like to be able to see two in my left hand. This is a neutral position
Joining your hands
Your hands need to work together to control the clubhead and that’s why the way you join your hands on the grip is important. I have a slightly strange mix of an interlocking and overlapping grip but it means my hands can work together. Interlocking the hands is a good way to do it for those with smaller hands (that gives you more control). For kids starting the game or lady golfers with really small hands, a 10-finger grip (baseball style) is a good option. This part is personal preference and boils down to what feels comfortable to you.
As you place your right hand into position, your left thumb should fit into the v between the fleshy part of your thumb and forefinger of your right hand. The right thumb should point down the left side of the shaft. Your last check point is to look at the v between your right forefinger and thumb – this should point towards your right shoulder.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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