The Golf Factory Chapter Seven
Homer Kelley's "The Golfing Machine"

The Grip

Chapter # Seven- The Grip

{The concepts in this chapter are based on Homer Kelley's "The Golfing Machine" published by Star System Press - Seattle, Washington - copyright 1982.}

THE GRIP is the most important aspect of the golf swing.

When the arms hang naturally from the shoulders, loose without any tension, and the forearms are raised 90 degrees above the ground, a line going through the knuckles of the fingers of the hands will be vertical to the ground. A straight line drawn at a 90 degree angle to the back of the left hand and the palm of the right hand will be parallel to the ground and parallel to the target line. As long as there is no tension in the hands and arms, they will automatically return to their natural position of square to the target.

THE LEFT HAND GRIP

The shaft rest under the heel of the left hand and atop the index finger of the left hand. This position applies all the needed pressure to hold the club in a secure position in the hands. The back of the left hand is vertical with the ground and is square with the leading edge of the clubface.
There is an imaginary line that runs from the sweet spot of the clubhead up to the butt of the grip. This line is called the LONGITUDINAL CENTER OF GRAVITY. This line runs along the back of the grip, 90 degrees to the rear of the top of the shaft.

There are THREE SENSING POINTS in the hands that monitor the position the clubhead and the speed of the clubhead. These three pressure points allow the mind to determine where the clubhead is located throughout the swing and how fast the clubhead is traveling during the swing. The mind then coordinates the motions of the body to achieve the necessary rhythm of the golf swing.

The FIRST SENSING POINT is located in the left hand. The first sensing point is THE LAST THREE FINGERS OF THE LEFT HAND. They very lightly touch the back of the grip (The IMAGINARY LINE - THE LONGITUDINAL CENTER OF GRAVITY). Gripping pressure with these fingers is not needed since the grip is held in place by the heel and forefinger of the left hand. This very light pressure will prevent tension from building in the arms, the arms are to hang as loosely as they can. The last three fingers of the left hand senses the cocking and uncocking of the left wrist. They have absolutely nothing to do with this cocking and uncocking motion of the left wrist, but they sense this motion and send this information to the brain. The left thumb is toward the rear of the grip, touching this longitudinal center of gravity.

THE RIGHT HAND GRIP

The right hand is vetical to the ground and square with the leading edge of the clubface. The shaft rest in the fingers of the right hand with the cup of the palm, pressing down on top of the left thumb.

There are TWO SENSING (PRESSURE) POINTS in the right hand.
The FIRST is THE EXTENSION OF THE RIGHT FOREARM THROUGH THE RIGHT PALM . This sensing point fits on top of the left thumb, the left thumb fits into the life line of the right palm. This sensing point of the right palm, presses very lightly onto the left thumb, pressing it into the imaginary line; the Longitudinal Center of Gravity passing through the rear of the grip.

This sensing point has two functions:
FIRST, it senses the cocking and uncocking of the right elbow and sends this information to the brain. It has absolutely nothing to do with the actual cocking or uncocking of the right elbow.

SECOND, The second function of this sensing point is the Extensor Action of th left arm. AS long as the right palm exerts a slight pressing action against the left thumb away from the left shoulder, the left arm will always remain straight. With this slight pressing action, there is never any tension in the left arm.
The left arm will always retain the same radius around the left shoulder from start up, through the backswing and impact, because of this extensor action.

The SECOND SENSING POINT in the right hand is the first knuckle of the right index finger. The knuckle of the right index finger presses into the rear of the grip along the Longitudinal Center of Gravity.
This is ABSOLUTELY THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE GOLF SWING.
This sensing point monitors the position and the speed of the clubhead. The brain senses this position and speed of the clubhead, Tells the hips when to begin their forward rotation and how fast they need to rotate so that the swing achieves the proper rhythm.

Both left and right hand grip pressure is extremely light so NO tension is caused to be in the arms.

The Golfing Machine
Howard McMeekin, PGA Life Member, teaches the golfing machine concept.

Chapter Seven of the Golf Factory looks at the proper grip for a good repeating golf swing.