Lessons From Your Glove
Almost all golfers wear a glove, but most don’t realize that a close inspection of your glove can tell you a lot about your golf swing and your equipment. It’s like your own little barometer of some things that could be going on that can negatively affect your performance.
One of the simplest things to look at is how quickly your new white glove begins to turn black . . . even if you are using grips on your clubs that are some other color. That’s because the moist an tacky glove picks up dirt and grime from your grips. Yes, they get dirty down in the bottom of your golf bag, and grips need to be cleaned regularly. The best way to do that is with a soft bristle brush and a dry, mildly abrasive cleanser like Ajax, Comet, etc. It’s a good way to invest about a half hour in your equipment on a regular basis.
Just rinse each grip with warm water, sprinkle the cleaner on it, and brush away. The white foam will quickly darken as dirt is removed from the grip and then you can just rinse thoroughly. Be sure to rub the grip with your hands while rinsing so that you can feel when there is no more soap residue – you do NOT want to leave any soap on the grip. When you are finished, your grips will feel like new.
Another great reveal from your glove is the soundness of your left hand hold on the club. The vast majority of golfers wear out their gloves in the heel of the hand, many of you much more quickly than you should. That’s because almost all golfers allow the club to move in their left hand during the swing. There are two reasons for this movement, which, by the way, is a power killer and accuracy thief.
The first problem is that most golfers hold the club too much in their palm, so that the club is across this heel pad from the start. That kind of hold on the club is very insecure and prevents you from having the kind of left-hand control good golf requires. This is actually aggravated by the fact that the largest part of the golf club grip is being held by the shortest pinky finger. Why that has never changed is beyond me. If you will grip down on every club even an inch, you will find that it is easier to hold the club firmly in the fingers of the left hand, and that will improve your distance and performance dramatically. Don’t worry about “shortening” the golf club.
The other reason golfers wear out their gloves in the heel pad area is that they are allowing the golf club to “hinge” in the downswing, rather than rotate through impact. The angle between the golf club and your left forearm should remain relatively constant from address to top of backswing back to impact. Yes, there is a little hinging, but it must be minimized to allow a proper rotational release through the impact zone.
If you do that incorrectly, you will lose much of your stored-up power. But if you do it right, the golf swing becomes much more efficient . . . and your gloves last a lot longer.
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Tim Horan says:
I use the Varden overlapping grip and the most noticeable wear on my glove is between 1st and second knuckle (but RH edge)of the forefinger on the left hand and the last joint of the third finger of the right hand. This is where the two hands are not keeping full contact throughout the swing. I get a callous on the right hand and I notice that TW always has sticking plaster on that knuckle.
Smell the glove.
Taste the glove.
I don't wear a glove, but will remember to clean my grips. I did a grip overhaul two years ago which was very successful. My grip was much too strong, and so I went back to Hogan's Five Lessons. I've learned to hold the club more in the fingers. This has helped a lot, but mostly with the driver: before I was able to play draw almost exclusively, but now my wrists can come through the zone unencumbered, allowing for all 9 shot types. I never get blisters anymore, and the only callous is by my wedding ring. I use a baseball grip with thumbs wrapped, and used to release my right hand on follow through - like Mark MacGuire. Funny stuff, but that has been ironed out thanks to Hogan.
Thank God there is Google or I would never understand half the witticisms posted here.
i get a hole on the thumb
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