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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.
T.J. Tomasi teaches at Nantucket Golf Club in Nantucket, Mass.