How to turn my hands over on a golf swing

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How to turn my hands over on a golf swing
Turning your hands over during a golf swing helps prevent slicing and increases distance. (golf swing image by Kwest from

Consistently hitting a golf ball straight down the fairway requires good fundamentals in the grip, stance and swing. Many amateur golfers struggle with slicing their shots. A slice occurs when the golf ball swings to the right side for a right-handed golfer and to the left side for a left-handed golfer. One way to cure a consistent slice is to learn how to turn your hands over during the golf swing. Turning your hands over increases your acceleration of the club head on the ball, and helps keep the club head straight on impact.

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    Position your feet in a slightly closed stance. Place your right foot slightly behind your left foot if you are a right-handed golfer. Position your feet, hips and shoulders slightly to the right of the target area you will be shooting toward.

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    Move both of your hands slightly to the right on the grip. This grip makes it easier for your arms and hands to rotate as they pass the centre of your body during the swing.

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    Wear a wristwatch on your left hand if you are a right-handed golfer, or right hand if you are a left-handed golfer. Take a practice swing and notice the watch, when approaching the ball, should be pointing toward the target area. On another practice swing rotate the watch down toward the ground as you strike the ball. By rotating the watch toward the ground, your opposite hand automatically rotates over your lead hand.

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    Keep your forearms close together during your entire swing. This helps speed up the rotation of your arms, wrists and hands during the swing.

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    Observe your follow through and see if your knuckles of your lead hand point down along with your lead elbow. If they are pointing down, you are correctly turning your hands over. Keep your focus on turning your lead hand. Your opposite hand will automatically follow.

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  • Keep an easy grip with your hands, focusing on feeling the club head hitting the ball. An easier grip also makes the hand rotation smoother and quicker.

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