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Give the target the back of your hand
Jack Nicklaus
June 06, 1966
Whether you have a gun in your hand or a golf club, if you expect to hit a target you must first take aim. Because so many parts of the body—hands, feet, knees, hips and shoulders—are involved, taking aim in golf is a complicated process. Let's consider just the matter of the hands. Do you have the habit of taking your grip on the club while you are waving it around in the air? Many golfers do, but this is a very inaccurate way of getting the club face and the hands on line. You should begin by placing the club head on the ground behind the ball and squaring the face to the target. Then, keeping the club firmly in place, position your left hand so that the back of the hand is also aimed directly at the target. Next, place the right hand on the club so that its palm is square to the same line. Now your hands and the club face are properly aligned, and at least one error has been eliminated right at the very beginning. This step-by-step method of taking the grip makes adjusting for a draw or a fade relatively easy. For a right-to-left draw you merely turn the club face slightly to the left of the line to the target; for a left-to-right fade, turn the club face slightly to the right of this line.
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June 06, 1966

Give The Target The Back Of Your Hand

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Whether you have a gun in your hand or a golf club, if you expect to hit a target you must first take aim. Because so many parts of the body—hands, feet, knees, hips and shoulders—are involved, taking aim in golf is a complicated process. Let's consider just the matter of the hands. Do you have the habit of taking your grip on the club while you are waving it around in the air? Many golfers do, but this is a very inaccurate way of getting the club face and the hands on line. You should begin by placing the club head on the ground behind the ball and squaring the face to the target. Then, keeping the club firmly in place, position your left hand so that the back of the hand is also aimed directly at the target. Next, place the right hand on the club so that its palm is square to the same line. Now your hands and the club face are properly aligned, and at least one error has been eliminated right at the very beginning. This step-by-step method of taking the grip makes adjusting for a draw or a fade relatively easy. For a right-to-left draw you merely turn the club face slightly to the left of the line to the target; for a left-to-right fade, turn the club face slightly to the right of this line.

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