"Certain points may be noted about the grip, but it is a mistake, in striving after a prescribed fashion, to work the hands into a position of discomfort. In the first place, a few inches of the shaft should be allowed to project above the left hand, for thus a greater command over the club is acquired. Secondly, since, as will be shown later on, the club has to turn in the right hand at a certain point in the swing, it should be held lightly, in the fingers, rather than in the palm, with that hand. In the left hand it should be held well home into the palm, and it is not to stir from this position throughout the swing. It is the left hand, mainly, that communicates the power of the swing ; the chief function of the right hand is as a guide to direction." Horace G. Hutchinson

2011 - 2023

OGF F5-F9-F12

Download : "The secret of getting rid of your slice is to make your left hand square the club face on its own. Then you learn how to add the right hand so that it does not stop the left doing the necessary movement to bring the club face square. It is important to get this left-hand action fixed in your mind. As Bob Goalby, who was a top class American tournament player in his time, explains, 'It is just like thumbing a lift with the left hand. The left hand does not follow on through straight, it bends at the elbow and the thumb flicks to the left at the finish.' Not a bad picture to have in mind." 'THANKS FOR THE GAME' The Best of Golf with HENRY COTTON Sidgwick & Jackson London Copyright © 1980 by Henry Cotton Penina 1980 Open Champion 1934 (with a record round of 65), 1937 and 1948. British Ryder Cup Captain in 1947, 1953

Download : "Now you are at the top of the swing. The down-swing, so-called, need not be a swing at all; but a firm, clean hit at the ground under the ball. Above all, a downward hit, gashing the turf and coming firmly through it to the ball by the straightening of the elbow and tightening of the wrists and fingers at the moment of striking. Thus you will communicate to your ball that underspin which holds it firmly on its course through the air, even though the gale blows roughly upon it." 'Iron play' Charles Clarke COMMON-SENSE GOLF, Professional to the Rotherham Golf Club, Yorks NEW YORK McBRIDE, NAST AND COMPANY 1914

The left wrist is acting as a hinge; it turns AFTER impact Henry Cotton 1952

Download : "With the strong left arm I have, I am able to hit past my left wrist and can actually control the flight of my ball by regulating the point at which I brake (not break, note) my left arm and allow my wrists to throw." 'MY SWING' HENRY COTTON Open Champion 1934, 1937, 1948, London Country Life Limited Published in 1952

Download : "This is a downhill chip shot from a scruffy lie and you can see that I play it with my right hand well down 'on the metal'. I play it with a hinged left wrist and from there, as I start on my way down, the hands will go forward so it will not be a lofted shot but a push onto the green with the hands low." 'THANKS FOR THE GAME Worth Knowing' The Best of Golf with HENRY COTTON Sidgwick & Jackson London

"I don't think the fundamentals will ever change. All right, then. What are the major things a golfer must do to be correctly poised and positioned as he hits through the ball? He will be essentially correct in the impact area if he learns to execute three major movements. 1) He must initiate the downswing by turning the hips to the left. 2) He must hit through to the finish of his swing in one cohesive movement, hitting with his hips, shoulders, arms and hands, in that order. 3) He must start to supinate his left wrist just before impact. This is, essentially, all he need concentrate on. The average golfer's problem is not so much a lack of ability as it is a lack of knowing what he should do. The left is a power hand too." Ben Hogan

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