Is it best to ground or hover the golf club at address?
The art of hovering the golf club takes a little getting used to, but once you feel comfortable, it can really help you hit better golf shots, even around and on the green. The secret is that you do not need to have the club very far off the ground at address. In fact, you can hover the club and still be touching the grass behind the ball if you like a little extra stability. However, the big difference is that your arms, shoulders, and body are supporting the weight of the club when you hover it.
The purpose of hovering is to have your body support the club before you start your swing. When it comes time to take your backswing, you no longer have to change your grip pressure or engage these muscles because each muscle is already pre-engaged. Hovering the club promotes a smoother takeaway and transition into the top of your backswing, with less jerkiness. Plus, you’re always prepared to hit from fairway or greenside bunker shots, which require a more exaggerated hover, or face shots where you are scared your ball may move if you ground your club.
Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus’ long-time instructor, said “hovering the club at address gives you this perfect feel for the clubhead while helping you avoid excessive tension throughout the swing. Your shots will be more consistent with less effort.” Jack would hover his clubs, especially his driver, to promote a smoother swing and also prevent him from grounding his club with precarious lies. You can learn more about Jack’s views in the following Golf Digest article.
Our Conclusion: Hovering may help you improve your game. It only took me one range session and two rounds of golf to get comfortable with this new approach. Things are looking up and scores are coming down. Good luck!
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