Zach Johnson Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)
Zach Johnson Pro Golfer, Swing Sequence (Video)

In golf, we’ll quite often see the shorter hitters and the not so big guys, work on little compensations in their swings to try and generate the most power possible and Zach Johnson probably falls into that category. So when Zach Johnson sets up, he has a little bit of a strong grip in his left hand, he clapses the three, three and a half knuckle grip. That’s going to cause issues where the golf club face get’s a little bit closed at the top of the backswing, bringing the face down a little bit closer to impact. And normally with the three knuckle grip, three and a half knuckle grip, you would be encouraging the ball to get more down on the left hand side. But as the next part of Johnson’s swing, where he works incredibly hard to keep the club face a little bit square through the impact phase and actually keep it on the line. This is one of the real positive parts I like about his technique, is through impact is incredibely wide and long through the ball, desperately trying to avoid that left hand pulling around and then hooking. He takes his hands and his arms straight down the target line.

So viewed from the side on angle, a little bit of a strong grip causes a little bit of a problem. He picks the golf club up and outside the line, then shifts the face to the top, then brings the golf club down, this ball should be heading left, but he holds on to the face really long and keeps it straight through, and just steers the ball down the right line. One thing I’d like to see in your game is that you have less faults, less compensatory actions. So if you’re starting out in the game of golf, we can’t over estimate how important getting the grip right is.

So when you’re setting up to the golf ball, point your fingers nicely straight down towards the floor, run the golf club from the pad in the middle of your index finger, just above the pad in your little finger, so we place it right through here. Close the hand around, and if done correctly when you look down at that hand, you should see a two knuckle, or maybe at a stretch two and a half knuckle, quite neutral grip. If you then let your right hand sit on there nicely, the V from the right forming four finger points nicely from your chin. That position is a neutral grip, that should allow a nice neutral one piece take away, more importantly a neutral club head position on the top, that’s going to be delivered down. You can make mistakes in your grip and compensate for them, but if you’re new to the game of golf, I’d rather you had good neutral fundamentals, you don’t have to have a compensation that Zach Johnson has in his technique.

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2013-07-08

In golf, we’ll quite often see the shorter hitters and the not so big guys, work on little compensations in their swings to try and generate the most power possible and Zach Johnson probably falls into that category. So when Zach Johnson sets up, he has a little bit of a strong grip in his left hand, he clapses the three, three and a half knuckle grip. That’s going to cause issues where the golf club face get’s a little bit closed at the top of the backswing, bringing the face down a little bit closer to impact. And normally with the three knuckle grip, three and a half knuckle grip, you would be encouraging the ball to get more down on the left hand side. But as the next part of Johnson’s swing, where he works incredibly hard to keep the club face a little bit square through the impact phase and actually keep it on the line. This is one of the real positive parts I like about his technique, is through impact is incredibely wide and long through the ball, desperately trying to avoid that left hand pulling around and then hooking. He takes his hands and his arms straight down the target line.

So viewed from the side on angle, a little bit of a strong grip causes a little bit of a problem. He picks the golf club up and outside the line, then shifts the face to the top, then brings the golf club down, this ball should be heading left, but he holds on to the face really long and keeps it straight through, and just steers the ball down the right line. One thing I’d like to see in your game is that you have less faults, less compensatory actions. So if you’re starting out in the game of golf, we can’t over estimate how important getting the grip right is.

So when you’re setting up to the golf ball, point your fingers nicely straight down towards the floor, run the golf club from the pad in the middle of your index finger, just above the pad in your little finger, so we place it right through here. Close the hand around, and if done correctly when you look down at that hand, you should see a two knuckle, or maybe at a stretch two and a half knuckle, quite neutral grip. If you then let your right hand sit on there nicely, the V from the right forming four finger points nicely from your chin. That position is a neutral grip, that should allow a nice neutral one piece take away, more importantly a neutral club head position on the top, that’s going to be delivered down. You can make mistakes in your grip and compensate for them, but if you’re new to the game of golf, I’d rather you had good neutral fundamentals, you don’t have to have a compensation that Zach Johnson has in his technique.