Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 533 - Wed. November 21st, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Ben Hogan Advice That You Should Not Heed
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Tom's Featured Tip: Ben Hogan Advice That You Should Not Heed

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! As you read this, my wife and I are in Texas visiting my two sons Tom and Tim - and we're getting aquainted with our first great grandaughter Tatum Mallory Tucker! Life is good.

This week's article is short but very sweet. Learn from it.

I am a huge Ben Hogan fan, and I utilize some of what he teaches in his various books for my own swing and in my golf instruction.

One of my favorite books is "Ben Hogan's Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf". However, there is one piece of advice in that book that could do more harm than good: the grip.

Here's the grip that Hogan recommends in his books:

This grip is a neutral to weak grip. If you read his books and blindly adopt this grip, you'll probably be seeing me or another instructor for a lesson to correct a slice.

Hogan was a prolific "hooker" of the golf ball, and to counter that he adopted a weaker grip. It worked for him, and it will work for you if you hook the ball all the time.

The problem is that about 98% of the people learning to play golf are natural slicers, not hookers, and this grip will only make that problem worse.

For the average player, I recommend a stronger grip position like the one below.

The "V" on the right hand should point towards the right shoulder

A stronger than neutral grip will help you release the clubhead. "Releasing" the clubhead is simply squaring the clubface up at impact (the strike).

Keep these two points in mind as you experiment with your grip:
  1. A stronger grip promotes a good release, and it also promotes a draw.

  2. A weaker grip cures a release that's too aggressive (hooking the ball too much), and promotes a straighter ball flight or even a fade.
A consistent curvature to your shots is one thing that every high level player strives for. Keep these two rules in mind and experiment to find the grip that works best for your swing, and you'll begin to see some consistent curvature on your shots.

When that happens, it will be a major breakthrough for your scoring.

Try it, you'll like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan