This one’s a classic.
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I remember when How I Play Golf came out to the bookstores. I immediately bought one and I think it’s a very good book Tiger has put together.This is a must to get. If you don’t have one yet, GET IT NOW! Tiger will teach you everything from trick shots to health fitness. Although I DO NOT recommend you to copy his swing mechanics unless you are under 18, there’s so much short game and putting in this book that can help your golf game.
There’s no denying that Tiger Woods has taken golf by storm. It seems like every time this 25-year-old swings a club, another PGA record is shattered. While his explosive drives, accurate approach shots, and steady putter certainly contribute to this success, both fans and critics agree that it’s Tiger’s devastating mental game that has propelled him to become the premier golfer of our time. Now Tiger shares his thoughts on what he calls the game of a lifetime. He reveals the five secrets he believes are responsible for his success-a combination of physical, metaphysical, and psychological practices he uses daily to keep his game in top shape and help him to transcend all the ups and downs of golf. Best of all, Tiger reveals his unique approach to the game for the first time ever in this one singular volume.
Get it here:
How I Play Golf
by Tiger Woods
Wow, THIS is too much information. Tiger Woods uses an interlocking grip like Jack Nicklaus, which the right pinky fits between the left pinky and the left 4th finger.
That’s how Tiger grips his clubs but that might not be the best way for you. The interlocking grip is great for those who feel comfortable with it. I started golf with an interlocking grip but have switched to the overlapping grip after a year or so. I still feel the overlapping grip fits me better but grip really is a personal thing. It’s not something you can write 5 pages about it. It’s something you just need to feel good and confident about it when you are hitting that golf ball for $10 a hole.
My suggestion, never ever look at an ezine article for golf stuff. Whoever wrote it doesn’t know jack shi* about golf and it’s just information you don’t need.
My advice, stick to a natural grip. But then again, I do let you choose what grip you will finally end up using. That’s the greatest freedom of all for golfers.
In honor of the British Open we would like to pay respect to the wind-cheating knockdown 5-iron. Take a 5-iron, choke up a little; open your stance about 20 degrees; play the ball toward your back foot; shift your weight forward; have your hands pressed forward; and take the club back waist high and come down aggressively on the ball with very little wrist action. This shot can be used from under trees, from out of divot, off hardpan, off loose sand, into the wind, or when loft simply isn’t necessary. The shot will produce a low roller that will keep you out of trouble.
The above is an excerpt from a master PGA professional. Although I have full due respect for his experience, it’s in my experience through teachers like Butch Harmon and players like Tiger Woods, that that’s NOT the right way to hit the knock-down shot. First, don’t choke. Second, don’t open your stance. And third, don’t play the ball off the back foot. Finally, fourth, do not shift your weight forward.
Choking will really choke you mentally and physically. Opening your stance will only confuse you. Playing the ball off the back foot and shifting your weight forward will only make you hit down on the ball, causing the ball to shoot up in the air.
So, just take your regular stance, play the ball in the middle, have weight balanced 50-50, and do NOT come aggressively down on the ball. Just swing nice and smooth 1/2 or 3/4.
That’s my 2 cents from the best coaches and players who have played this shot. If you don’t believe me, just go ask Tiger or Butch Harmon.