How you place your hands on the golf club and your grip pressure may determine the end result of the swing more than any other variable in the swing. The grip happens to be the first thing we do and if we start with a good grip and a good foundation, we give ourselves a greater chance to hit a great shot. With an improper grip and excessive grip pressure, we are much more inclined to use the small muscles in our hands instead of initiating the backswing with our big muscles (our shoulders).
Have you seen other golfers carrying around these 4-foot long, very thin, brightly colored fiberglass sticks? These are alignment sticks, and they are extremely popular with high school, college and tour players, and now also amateur golfers.
Beyond alignment, these sticks can be utilized in dozens of ways to help you improve your swing. Use your imagination and no doubt you could find dozens of uses for this sleek training aid. I can tell you that if you are looking for a versatile training aid that is both inexpensive and effective, the alignment sticks are what you’re looking for. This particular aid is more cost effective than lessons and makes practicing more productive. Depending upon how the sticks are used, they can provide restriction and immediate feedback.
Alignment is likely the most overlook and under appreciated fundamentals in golf. Often times while playing a round of golf, we feel directionally challenged. When shots consistently veer off target, we as golfers have a tendency to adjust our fundamentals, our swing and too often find yourself compensating one shot after another.