One fundamental fault which I have observed to be shared by many women golfers is that they start with their hands behind the ball at address and, consequently, have their hands in a weak position throughout their swing.
The error begins when a player lines up faultily. In the process of lining up her hands with the club face and also with the target, a golfer tends to get the hands behind the club face in the act of placing the club behind the ball to sight the line. After obtaining her line, she forgets to get her hands back in front of the club face. Having the hands in front is more important than is generally understood. It sets up a strong left side, with the left hand the leader at all times. It leads to a more natural cock of the wrists on the backswing and a more natural body turn. With the hands behind, the right hand is in a position to take charge, thus introducing many errors. The golfer will pull the club too far inside or pick it up too sharply, and generally fall into a strained incorrect position at the top and a lurching approach to impact.
When you are getting the hands set at address, that is the time to extend the left arm comfortably. You won't overswing, but you will be in a fully extended position at the top.
from LOUISE SUGGS, Sea Island, Ga.
INCORRECT: HANDS BEHIND
CORRECT: HANDS AHEAD
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