How to Shape Shots With Your Grip

How to Shape Shots With Your Grip

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Point your left thumb at 1 o'clock and turn your wrist (but not the club) more to the right for draws and the left for fades (<i>left</i>). Regardless of the type of shot you're trying to hit, make sure your right thumb points to 11 o'clock (<i>right</i>).
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This story is for you if…

• You’re not sure you’re placing your hands correctly on the handle.

• You want an easy way to shape shots off the tee and from the fairway.

Try This!

Grip your club with your left hand only and cock your wrist so that the shaft runs perpendicular to the ground. Now, imagine that the handle rests in the middle of a clock face, with the bottom of the grip running through 6 o’clock and the top through 12 o’clock. Adjust your left hand position until your thumb rests on the right-hand side of the grip, at the 1 o’clock position. Next, place your right hand on the grip. This time, adjust your hold so that the thumb on your right hand rests on the left side of the handle, at the 11 o’clock position. This sets your hands in a fundamentally correct, neutral position that allows you to control the position of the clubface without unduly rotating it open (potential slice) or closed (potential hook).

To hit it straight, reset your grip by turning your left wrist (not the club) until you can only see two knuckles on your left hand.

To hit an easy fade, keep your left thumb at 1 o’clock and reset your grip by turning your left wrist (not the club) counterclockwise until you can only see one knuckle.

To hit an easy draw, keep your left thumb at 1 o’clock and reset your grip by turning your left wrist (not the club) clockwise until you can see three knuckles.


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