It happened again. You almost had the perfect swing, but something is keeping you from hitting that shot. You just can’t seem to get it right, and you don’t know what you’re doing wrong. Many professionals say it might be your grip.
“Having a great swing with a bad grip is like having a great automobile with a bad engine,” says PGA Master Professional Dennis Clark. You need both to be operating smoothly in order to be successful.
What kind of grip do I have?
There are three main types of golf grips: neutral, strong, and weak. Each grip has a unique effect on your swing and thus, your game!
You can tell what kind of grip you have by grasping your club as if you are setting up to swing, and evaluating your hand placement. Be sure to pay special attention to the location of your thumbs.
Grips are determined by where your hands lay in relation to the center of the club. Generally speaking, a neutral grip indicates that both of your hands fall squarely in the middle of your club. Strong grips place your hands slightly to the right, and weak grips place them slightly to the left.
It’s important to note that you must account for both of your hands when assessing your grip. Your left hand may be in neutral position, while your right leans towards strong. You can adjust each hand individually, thereby manipulating your swing to impact the direction of your ball.
Which grip is the best?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Changing your grip can be beneficial or detrimental depending on the current location of your ball, and the direction you’d like for it to go. The trick is to choose the correct grip for each situation.
A strong grip is often best when attempting to hit from the inside. It creates the potential for a draw or hook. Conversely, a weak grip is best when attempting to hit from the outside, as it creates the potential for a fade.
Neutral grips are considered more versatile and, according to the Grateful Golfer, are best used by players that have perfected all other aspects of their swing.
When should I change my grip?
When you decide to change your grip will depend greatly on your current game. Some golfers change their grip prior to each shot, allowing them to maneuver the ball in the desired direction based solely on their position of play. Other golfers choose and stick with a single grip that seems to work for them the majority of the time.
If you decide to try a new grip, it’s best to start at home. Practice the new grip as often as you can without swinging. When it feels like second nature to pick up the club with your new grip, begin practicing on the course.
It is only through trial and error that you will learn how the change might affect your game. If you find that your ball is performing in a way you didn’t expect, be sure to evaluate the rest of your swing before giving up on your new grip.
Whether you’re looking for the ultimate summer travel location, somewhere to soak up the local history, or eat cultural food and drink some of the best wines, Western Europe has it all. Taking a solo trip, gathering up some friends, or taking the whole family are all great ways to experience these beautiful country. Here are some of the best places to see.
The region of Tuscany is known for its picturesque landscapes and rich foods. The many wineries and pastarias will have you saying Buon appetito! The largest city in this region is Florence. Florence has many historic churches, most commonly known is the city’s Duomo. The medieval and renaissance periods flooded the city with famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Just north of this region is the Italian Riviera. This is where you will find Cinque Terre, a charming collection of five coastal villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
Athens is home to many historical sites. Plan your day early to beat the mediterranean heat and hike up to the Acropolis. Here you’ll see the ancient ruins of the Parthenon. From this site, you can also look down on the Temple of Olympian Zeus. While you’re here, be sure to stop by a street cart for an authentic gyro. And for those stateside, it’s pronounce like “YEE-ro.”
If the city of Paris isn’t on your bucket list, add it right away. Some of the most famous sites to see in Paris are of course, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame cathedral. After touring all these historic sites, you’re sure to work up a hunger. The word “cuisine” is French for the kitchen, and its reputation for food precedes it. The neighborhood restaurants and bistros pride themselves on exquisite taste and presentation of their dishes or pastries.
The city of Berlin has been shaped by many of the famous and historical figures who have passed through its streets, but also, it has been known to shape the people as well. The city is textured by history in every turn you make. Additionally, the locals are known for their seeking of a good time. For those who say New York is the city that never sleeps, I can tell you they have never been to Berlin!
There have been many misconceptions about Switzerland when it comes up as an idea for a vacation destination. Switzerland is usually thought of as a winter destination since the Alps and many mountainous regions are throughout. More so, it is known for high end watches, famous knives, deluxe chocolate and top notch resorts and spas. However, this small country has more than winter sports and an expensive culture to offer for all types of travelers.
Imagine walking on cobblestone that is hundreds of years old. Listen to the clip clop of feet. Smell the fresh crisp, clean mountain air. Walking through a small lakeside town, cafes and shops line the street. As the Alps lay as the backdrop for the scene that is Switzerland there does not seem to be a more perfect place to visit than Switzerland.
Switzerland has an assortment of traditions since it can be viewed as a small melting pot of cultures. Numerous languages and an array of people from all over make up this small country. Learning about the Swiss from the people can be an exciting and new way to learn more about the country.
Before heading to the great outdoors, some of the old and classic cities have plenty to hold. Geneva and Zurich have multiple experiences for everyone such as parks, museums, churches, top rated gourmet restaurants and other architectural buildings. Even if the larger cities do not hold appeal, the small villages and towns in the country are small and quaint and perfect for a quieter and more intimate feel.
Switzerland has some of the most diverse outdoor fun. Winter sports can continue all the way into April. The giant and picturesque scenery of the lakes have plenty offerings for all types of aquatic sports and even relaxation by the water. There are plenty of options for adventure and can be everything from high adrenaline to a fun calming activity.
No matter which type of traveler is heading to Switzerland, there are choices for everyone to the mountain climber to the spa enthusiast to the history buff. Heading to Switzerland in the spring offers more to do and things to see in one of the oldest and beautiful countries in Europe. Spring time in Switzerland will be a trip of a lifetime for anyone.
JB Hoover is the Founder and Principal of National Quality Construction in Tustin, Orange County, California. Prior to starting his own business, JB spent over ten years as Vice President of Construction at a Custom Boutique Homebuilder. JB mainly focuses on real estate rehabilitation, which consists of flipping foreclosed homes into dream houses for young couples or people buying their first home. Other than his passion for his professional endeavors, JB is also passionate about golf, travel, and cars.
As a student at Whittier College in Los Angeles, JB Hoover enjoyed cars so much that he used to flip and customize them to earn extra money. However, he found few cars that he loved too much to sell and decided to keep them instead. Today, JB’s car collection includes seven rare vehicles — some of which include a few Mercedes-AMG cars, which are modeled after racing cars and are known to be characterized by the company’s courage and passion in the car-making industry.
In fact, JB’s passion for cars is what inspired him to get into the construction and development business. He noticed one of his frequent buyers had a large collection of exotic vehicles, and questioned the buyer about their career. The buyer said he was a successful construction developer in the area, and built residential real estate for families and young couples. JB became fascinated by the business, and decided to pursue the same career path by earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in real estate. He then combined his two passions of flipping cars and construction into a business that creates affordable homes for everyday buyers.
When JB Hoover is not on the job, he enjoys traveling internationally. With four continents and dozens of countries visited under his belt, JB has truly experienced the different cultures, cuisines and different climates that he’s exposed to on his travels. He particularly enjoys Western Europe in countries like Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
In addition, JB Hoover enjoys golfing on several of the beautiful golf courses that overlook the Orange County skyline. As a player of over 20 years, JB is no longer the talented golfer he used to be, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying time outside in the California sunshine and attempting to become a scratch golfer again. Inspired by watching golf on TV and observing his grandfather and great-grandfather play the sport, JB Hoover played golf in high school and college and hopes that he, too, can play the game well into his 90s as his grandfather and great-grandfather did.