One of the key movements essential to consistent ball striking and accuracy is the rotation of the left hand through impact.
However, if the left hand begins to over rotate through impact, the results on ball flight can be quite dramatic. Normally, an over rotation of the left hand will lead to shots that begin low and left of the intended target line, the greater the rotation, the more the ball will move to the left during its flight.
For golfers to hit more successful shots, it’s important not to over rotate the left hand. Here are a few ways players can practice a correct rotation.
- Slow down rotation - At the point of impact, the back of the left hand should be pointing directly down towards the target. This helps ensure the club face is square when it reaches the ball. To practice this position, players can practice striking through the ball, feeling the back of the left hand is pointing down the target line for as long as possible.
- Check your grip - If a player’s left hand is over rotating it could be the cause of an overly strong grip. When the left hand becomes too strong it sits on top of the grip showing three or more knuckles when viewed from above. As the left hand comes into impact, the hand will rotate to a neutral position with the back of the hand facing the target. This will cause a closed club face and a shot flying off to the left. To ensure this doesn’t happen, players should focus on keeping the left hand in a neutral position, this means two and a half knuckles when viewed from above with the V created by the left thumb and forefinger, pointing up towards the right shoulder.
- Ensure the hips are turning - If the hips become inactive during the down swing, the hands can become over active in an attempt to compensate. The hips need to turn through impact so the upper body can follow. If they don’t turn through impact, the hands can ‘flip’ over through impact. To ensure the left hips turn through impact, ensure you finish the swing with the belt buckle facing the target.
- Don’t get wristy - If the wrists and hands become too active during the back swing they could return to impact in the same manner. Practice taking the club away with the shoulders keeping the hands, wrists and arms connected.