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Meanwhile, Jack wasn’t done with his two up-coming teachers, and asked Rich to retrieve a jumbo gripped golf club from the golf shop.
Randy - Evan’s father - asked, “ Where should the “ V’s “ of hand placement line up? I thought they were to point toward the right shoulder. Isn’t this so?”
Jack knew that Randy’s question stemmed from popular belief that dated back to the 1940’s and 50’s
Jack answered Randy by deflecting the premise of hand placement - away from the “ V’s “, and into the wrists.
Jack said, “ The skinny part of the wrists cock up and down. The club face’s leading edge will be vertical, or plumb as is a carpenters level in carpentry.”
Could this be a unity of the body and the club? Could this bring a balanced system that is non-manipulative?
Rich arrived with a jumbo gripped driver, and handed it to Jack.
Jack said, “ Evan, hold this to see if your hands appreciate less stress and a comfortable arrangement.”
Evan said, “ Oh yeah, I can feel the difference.”
Randy said, “ Maybe the midsize grip will work - something between the standard and jumbo.”
Randy asked Evan, “ Does it feel right?”
Jack interjected, “ The grip size might be questionable, Randy, but I wouldn’t rely upon Evan’s “feel” at the moment. Familiarity has had its affect on his “feel “, both good and bad. The natural way has the better chance when disposing of “ familiar “.
Jack proceeded to show Evan the Tucson Wedge Shot, which is a specialized shot: high trajectory, short distance, minimized wrist action, mainly a progression of maximizing body turn, and a wide arc of arm movement.
Jack said, “ Evan, the wedge is held in such a way to expose only the index finger’s knuckle - no more - and at times less, or no knuckles at all.”
The procedure is - lay the leading edge of the club face to an
“ open “ position with standard hand placement that’s balanced. However, in Evan’s situation, “ open “ the face slightly more because of his “hooked” left hand placement. Place the last hand in its “throwing” position. Then with both hands turn club face back to square to the line, or natural loft of the golf club.
A golfer’s hand will lose the view of knuckles and a “hooked grip”. Could it be that Evan gets two for one ie., familiarity of high loft - no cocked wrists - limited hands, and Evan’s second reward: balanced hand placement while learning a “new” golf shot? Why not have a challenge in change of “feel”, and a new shot too?”
Evan was told to spend the next two weeks working on the Tucson Wedge Shot in all practice sessions - creating a soft lob shot around the greens, and a likeable way to balanced hand placement in his entire golf game.
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