Play Better Golf

Lesson 2: How to Groove Your Natural Backswing

Area: Iron Play

Site: Range or at home

Instructions by: Mike Adams

So, you have learned the basic idea on how to backswing on your most natural shape, it is now time to groove your backswing. We have learned that it is much easier to groove an on-top, under, or side-on swing by knowing how to apply pressure onto the shaft using the right hand. Here’s how you can do it in the right location and direction:

For under golfers, set up with the left hand positioned normally but with the right hand open. Position your hand a little under the handle, angled at 45 degree with the grip. Make your swing. The goal here is to keep an upward, diagonal pressure coming from your right hand to the handle, right from the beginning of the swing to its end. To get the feel for this movement, make at least 10 swings, plus 10 more using your normal hold. Do this drill regularly as a warm-up routine.

Do this if you are an under golfer

For side-on golfers, set up with the left hand positioned normally, with the right hand open and formed at the right-hand side of the handle. Make a swing. The goal here is to keep the lateral pressure coming from your right hand to the side of the handle. Repeat this swing 10 times in order to get a feel for this move, plus 10 more times using your normal hold, just to ingrain it. Do this regularly as a part of your warm-up routine.