148-yard approach to two feet
450-yard par-4 1st hole at Valhalla Golf Club
Ryder Cup singles match against Sergio García
Kim is the only pro I've seen who chokes down on the grip with every club on
every shot. He developed the habit as a boy, when he gripped down on his
father's clubs because they were too long and heavy. As Kim grew up, he tried
not choking down but couldn't make solid contact as frequently, so he went back
to choking down all the time. The idiosyncratic habit clearly works, because
few guys hit it as solidly and control their distance and trajectory as well as
Kim, the game's newest superstar.
Choke Down for Solid Contact
To see if choking
down will generate more solid contact for you, put baby powder, suntan lotion
or face tape on the face of an iron. Hit 10 shots and check the contact pattern
(inset). Choke down an inch and hit another 10 shots. Finally, choke down two
inches and hit 10 shots. Compare patterns to find the optimal grip. Be careful,
though: Choking down can make you overswing at first.
teaches at Nantucket Golf Club in Nantucket, Mass.