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The proper grip

GOLFING IN PARADISE By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course player review This week’s between shots is Jim Beggus What clubs do you use? I use Callaway
12 Aug 2012 10:59


General Manager,
Natadola Bay
Golf Course

player review

This week’s between shots is Jim Beggus
What clubs do you use? I use Callaway clubs.
Where is your home club? I am a member of Los Verda Golf Course, USA
Who is your favourite player? Tiger Woods.
What course do you love to play? The Stadium course, PGA West.
What is your favourite hole? Hole 18th at Natadola
What shot will you always remember? My shot on the 18th out of the bunker by the green.
Who are your dream playing partners? Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh.
This was what Mr Beggus had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Natadola has awesome views, great looks, and tough second shots on some holes”

Tip of the Week
This week’s tip covers the importance of a Proper Grip.
The grip is one of the single most important elements of your swing. It is the connection between the body and the club and it needs to be right to produce the desired results. The great Ben Hogan struggled through his early years on the tour when he was continuously fighting a strong grip which resulted in a severe hook ball flight. To overcome his natural quick release of the club head he experimented with his grip and finally changed it to a slightly neutral to weak. This changed help him achieve the world recognition as one of the greatest players of the game of golf.
If you are presently experiencing troubles with your game you may want to address your golf grip. For a proper golf grip there are three things you need to check for.

Fingers are the key, not the palms
Most beginners have the natural tendency to grip the golf club like they would grip a baseball and use their palms mostly. If you grip the golf club with your palms you tend to squeeze harder on the shaft and you will lose club head speed. You need hold the club with your fingers, the same way you would pitch a baseball or bowl a cricket ball. You cannot throw from your palms; you can only through with your fingers. It might feel a little awkward at first but learning to hold the club with your fingers will bring so much more enjoyment to your game.

Grip it light to grip it right
Most beginners experience a common misconception that the tighter they grip the club the farther the ball will go, this is totally the opposite. As the golf club approaches the contact area the hands release the club head. If you have a tight grip you will find it impossible to release the club head correctly and this will affect the balls flight and distance. Light grip pressure on the golf club allows the wrist to hinge freely and allows the release of the club head.

Check your hands
Which grip do you have? A neutral golf grip, a strong golf grip, or a weak golf grip. To identify which grip you have firstly grip the club as you would normally do. Take note of the V created by your index finger and thumb. Where is it pointing? Also have a look at your left hand; do you see 2, 3 or 4 knuckles?
If you have a neutral golf grip the V should be pointing between your right pectoral muscle and your right shoulder for a right handed golfer. You should also be able to see 2- knuckles on your left hand, similar to the photograph below.
Neutral golf grip
If you have a strong golf grip the V is pointing towards and beyond your right shoulder and you will definitely see 3 to all 4 knuckles. The stronger the golf grip the more likely the ball will hook or curve to the left for a right handed golfer.
Strong golf grip
If you have a weak golf grip the V is pointing towards your left shoulder and only 1 knuckle is visible on your left hand. A weak golf grips tends to produce a slice or a shot that curves to the right. If you are new to the game of golf I suggest starting with a neutral golf grip and then strengthening or weakening your golf grip based on your ball flight.
 Weak golf grip
Always seek the advice of a golf professional to help you improve your game.
Happy Golfing in Paradise.


This week we provide a review on the Cobra AMP Driver. Cobra has designed a driver that has pushed the boundaries of forgiveness and distance with Advanced Material Placement and an adjustable flight technology for personalised draw, neutral or fades ball flight.
The following are the features of the Cobra AMP Driver:

  •  The high strength thin titanium 8-1-1 alloy face of this driver allows you to move up to 200 grams of weight to move the centre of gravity even lower and deeper.
  •  The AMP driver has 30 per cent larger sweet spot on the club face.
  •  The AMP driver’s adjustable hosel uses ‘Adjustable Flight Technology, giving every golfer the option of either choosing an open, neutral or closed face setting.
  •  Each Cobra AMP driver comes fitted with the ultra-high quality Aldila RIP Speed Tuned graphite shaft and a super-premium colour co-ordinated Lamkin grip.

If you are looking for a driver with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order one for you.

PGA Tour events update  
Last week’s Reno-Tahoe open played on the par 72, 7472 yards Montreux Golf & Country Club was won by J.J Henry who finished on a total score of 43 Stableford points. Alexandre Rocha finished runner up, one point behind with a total of 42 Stableford points.
Last week’s World Golf Championships played at the Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio was won by Keegan Bradley who finished on a total score of 267, 13 under par. Steve Stricker finished runner up, one shot behind with a total score of 268, 12 under par.
This week’s event: This week the PGA Tour heads to South Carolina for the PGA Championship. It is scheduled from August 9 to 12 and will be played on the par 72,7676 yards the Ocean Course, Kiawah Island. This event has a field of 156 players and the total prize purse for this tournament is $8 million. The defending champion is Keegan Bradley who won on a score of 8 under par.

This week’s event: After a week’s break, the LPGA Tour heads to Sylvania OH for the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. It is scheduled from August 9 to 12 and will be played on the par 72, 6428 yards Highland Meadows Golf Club. This event returns after a one year off the tour schedule. The total prize purse for this tournament is $1.3m. The 2010 champion was Na Yeon Choi who won on a score of 14 under par.

Last Wednesday’s mixed Competition results are as follows:
Winner: Sun Goo Park – 37 points
Runner-up: Laura Cunning – 36 points

Last Saturday’s Open Competition results are as follows:
Winner: Biran Kumar – Nett 70
Runner-up: Basant Kumar – Nett 71
NTP 15th: George Stock


  •  Wednesday August 15 – Mixed Competition – Stableford Competition
  •  Friday August 17 – Bula Friday – Stroke Competition
  •  Saturday August 18 – Open Competition – Stableford Competition


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