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Most golf instructors advocate gripping the club with the hands in a “neutral” position. The telltale sign is when the crease between the thumb and forefinger of both hands point at (or near) the right-handed golfer’s right ear when addressing the ball.

The neutral golf grip may be considered ideal, but many players can benefit from rotating the hands a touch to the right, or into a “strong” position. A stronger grip can cure a number of ills, including slicing and a lack of power.

While most professionals’ grips are neutral or close to it, notable pros with strong grips include Fred Couples and Paul Azinger. If your grip is neutral or to the “weak” side (rotated to the left), you may find that a stronger golf grip:

• Feels more natural when setting up and taking the club back.

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• Promotes a fluid, powerful release through the ball.

• Allows you to hit right-to-left shots (draws)

To adjust your grip into a stronger position, turn both hands about 1/8 inch to the right of where you normally place them. The 1/8-inch measurement is recommended because a grip change is one of the most awkward adjustments in golf and takes time to get used to.

To check your golf grip position, look at the knuckles on your left hand as you hold the club. If you can see three knuckles at address, your grip is in a good, strong spot.