Getting to grips with handle dragging

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You have probably heard the term handle dragging, but what does it mean and is it a good thing?

Look at the first picture. You will clearly see that with my trusty old driver, I have pulled the handle (or grip) like mad until my white gloved left hand, is almost directly opposite my left thigh.

My left arm is dead straight, with my right one still folded at the elbow. My body weight is mainly on my left side and my head is beginning to dip down as I start to lose my height. The real feeling at this stage is one of being stuck, the only way to square up the clubface to the ball, is to massively “flick both hands” to try and recover this poor position. This is a very unreliable and powerless way to play consistent golf. Now look at the second picture. I am allowing my right arm to correctly straighten much earlier to enable the clubface to naturally square up at the point of impact. Note also at this stage just how my weight is more evenly balanced, with my head still fairly high. By the time both hands reach my right leg - everything will begin to line up, allowing the square contact that we are all striving to produce. Now a word of caution, I am not asking you to cast, or hit from the top, but merely make you aware that the handle of the club on the way down should actually go slightly out and down, rather than in the case of all handle draggers, just pulled straight down.

Top American player Steve Stricker is a good example of a golfer who gets the handle out-around-and down. He is also one of the straightest drivers of the ball on tour. So try not to think in terms of simply pulling down with the handle of the club. Then you are actually stuck, with nowhere to go-except the handsy/flicky route, to avoid jamming the club into the ground well before the ball. Give it a try.