Weather's bad, can't golf, so I am re-reading Pelz' short game bible. I
will confess that the first time I went through the book, I didn't
exactly march through it from beginning to end, choosing different
sections to read as they interested me. And of course, anyone who reads
that book probably comes away with, as a major idea of Pelz', the idea
of his 4-wedge, 3-swing system. Which I did.
But I discovered something else in it today that I missed the first
time. Don't know how, it's not like it's hidden or anything, but I'm
very interested in it.
I've tried playing with the 3-swing system, trying to get my distances
down, and I have never been particularly effective at it. I've tended
to attribute it to my clubs and the ability to practice more on it than
I have, but now I see something else.
I grip a golf club according to the SLAP model, with my left thumb on
the right side of the shaft. It's a bit of a strong grip, but one that
is necessary, apparently, to make the SLAP swing work correctly.
I've always used that same grip on my short game as well. Imagine my
surprise in reading the Pelz book and finding out he promotes a
*neutral* grip for those short shots, not the "power" grip as he refers
If there's a consistent flaw in my short shots, it's a tendency to pull
the shot a bit. I'm now thinking that my grip is the culprit, and that a
more neutral grip will allow for a better release of the club, a less
handsy swing, and a better ability to control distance than I have.
Is anyone else using different grips for short game and full swing
game? How about the finesse grip Pelz advocates? Are there any other
grips that you've found to work better in the short game, such that you
can control distance better than with another grip?
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