At the final point in John’s lesson, Mike reiterates the importance of feeling the club in your fingers. Tour players rest the club on their shoulders, holding it in their fingers with their hands lightly on the club. Or they toss the club in circles to really feel that in their fingers.
Mike says that your strength is truly in your fingers. The feeling is the same when you make a free throw with a basketball, throw a baseball, and throw a football. You don’t throw these with the ball in the palm of your hand.
Make sure your grip is correct when you practice, your hands are soft, and the club is in your fingertips. Do this so that it becomes second nature.
When you swing, your fingers create the lever system. Your hands get softer and softer as your wrists get lighter and lighter. Your fingers are where all your speed, control, and strength are, not the palm of your hand.
The palm of your hand is used more for stabilizing. Your palm plays a role in chipping and putting because you don’t want a lot of the lever system. You need as much lever system as you can generate for the full swing.
Mike gets John to swing just with his right arm and slap Mike’s hand. This illustrates the slapping motion and how easy it is to hit the ball. Your hands are your golf swing. Your body is essential, but at the end of the day, it is your hands that direct the face to the ball.