One of the first questions my clients ask is, “How is my grip?”

The grip is always influenced by the posture position at address. Most common among players is a left hand that’s too weak (for right-handers, opposite for left-handers). The position of the thumb on the lead hand is very important. It affects not only the ability to hinge the club but also the resulting impact position. See the relevant AGD TV video ( and you will see a long thumb is the best position for hinging and produces a consistent backswing. A short thumb restricts hinging and negatively impacts the takeaway.

Next time you are on the range, swing with your normal thumb position and then try the long thumb to see if it gives you a better feel for the club and a better result.

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• Jason Laws is the NSW PGA Teaching Professional of the Year