Ross Metherell: The Split Hands Drill

GRIPPING the club with the hands well apart can help players appreciate what a proper release feels like.

THE left to right slice is one of the most common shots we see amateur golfers hit and often one of the tell tale signs that someone has this affliction is the dreaded 'chicken wing' in the follow through.

The chicken wing is a result of things that have happened previously in the swing and indicates a club that hasn't been released properly.

I have a drill that I like to use to help people understand what a proper release of the club feels like and it's extremely simple to do.

I call it the split hands drill and you'll see why in a moment. First, take your normal grip on the club then adjust your hands a little so the top hand (left for right handed players) is at the very end of the club while the bottom hand is down near the shaft.

With the hands in this position set up like you would normally and make some slo swings and you'll notice that with the hands apart, the wrists are forced to cross over.

It's almost impossible to chicken wing with the hands in this position and for many people the feeling of the club releasing properly in this fashion is a real revelation.

You can actually hit the ball wit this grip but it's important not to take the club too far back and to really keep the action slow and smooth.

If you have a problem with the chicken wing position and slicing, give the split hands drill a try and your game should improve pretty quickly.


Ross -Metherill

Ross Metherell is a former player on the Australasian and European tours and has won a number of titles including two Western Australian Opens, two Nedlands Masters and three Western Australia PGA Championships.

He represented Australia in the 1979 World Cup and in more recent years has played on the European Seniors Tour with numerous victories.

Ross has also had an outstanding career as an elite instructor and is one of the most sought-after coaches in Australia.

He has coached at Australian Institute of Sport and Golf Australia elite training camps for many years and was the West Australian State Coach from 1984 to 1999, where he worked with a number of top players including Craig Parry, Wayne Smith, Roger McKay, Chris Gray, Kim Felton, Brett Rumford, Stephen Leaney, Greg Chalmers and Jarrod Moseley.

Ross is a AAA-rated PGA member and has won a number of awards including the West Australian Government's Coach of the Year and an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.

You can book lessons with Ross at Collier Park Golf Course in Perth either by phoning the Pro Shop on (08) 9450 6488 or by email collierparkgolf@iinet.net.au

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