If you’re experiencing pain, soreness or inflammation in any of the joints of your arms (wrists, elbows, shoulders), check your golf glove. Is the padding around the heel pad heavily worn or even ripped? If so, you might have found the reason for your issues.

Not only is it important to hold a golf club correctly if you want to generate power and allow it to “release” through the impact zone, it also reduces the stress placed on the joints of the arm. Those joints experience all sorts of different forces as you swing (flexion, extension, rotation, pronation, supination, etc.). Even stopping a swing can lead to straining the soft tissue around the joints.

A common amateur mistake, says Hall of Fame instructor David Leadbetter, is to hold the grip/shaft of the club in the palm of the lead hand [below, right] and then imbed the thumb of that gloved hand into the palm of the trail hand. The proper way to hold the club is diagonally across the fingers of the lead hand [below, left], and also more in the fingers of the trail hand. When you do this and swing a club, you should immediately sense less restriction. It might feel weird at first, but getting used to holding the club this way should do wonders for your swing and go a long way to avoiding any joint issues.

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