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Its your Friday where Chris answers one of your questions. This week responding to Steven Baird who asked about hand position at set up.

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Stu Marston says:

I get my hands well ahead of the ball at address. My buddies think it looks odd but it works for me.

Wayne Jorgensen says:

It seems that regardless of when you create a flat left wrist during the swing, it is still possible to have a cupped left wrist at impact if the right hand and wrist overpower the left. This is my problem, since I’m very right side dominant and want to add “hit” to the swing with the stronger right hand and wrist.

Dan Dano says:

Hands forward helps you hit the ball first and it can also help with creating an inside to out path.

Craig Scott says:

During a recent lessons with my club pro, I was told to keep my setup hand position inside my left thigh for sand shots and pitches of 50 yards or so. But I've been experimenting with that position on longer irons and have seen some success, especially in ball striking. Thanks, Chris.

Marshall Grimmett says:

I’ve noticed that having the handle too far forward makes it hard to bring the club around my body and stay compact. I tried keeping the shaft more vertical with my 5 iron and noticed my swing felt a lot more natural with better ball contact.

Edward Lacandola says:

how does this work for longer irons?

Name101 says:

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Ken Zemalis says:

That was a great explanation. Never heard it presented that way. However my problem at least visually to me is that to align the club head (iron) I find that I am moving my hands forward because if I try and take the handle back to neutral as you show in the video the club appears to me to be dead left. Especially with the wedges. I know I must be missing something becasue I have never heard or seen this issue addressed.

Gurpreet Josan says:

It is a wonderful tip. It has changed my golf

tom barbuto says:

Hybrids vs Conventional iron play,,

Charles Forster says:

Best piece of information . Now I know that shaft lean is important but at the same time not that important pending if you can achieve a flat wrist at the top

The Daily Variety says:

Good info. Exactly what I was looking for.

George Jauregui says:

Thanks a lot for this video. I was having problems with returning to a straight wrist at impact. I now place my hands forward, and all my shots are now quite straight!!! Thanks!!!

David George says:

the most common problem is timing all the moving parts!

Rob Felt says:

Can’t wait to try this Sunday

Angelo C says:

Man, I love the way you explain things; always thorough and clear. An asset to golftube!

Martin Bishop says:

How does that change with the length of club when you move the ball forward in your stance?

John Bunch says:

You really seem to care. Thank you for that

Alex Stevens says:

You use the same hand worn for driver/3wood ?

Graham Smith says:

Hi Chris, great video as usual, thank you. I am struggling with my iron game at the moment, as in I believe that setting my hands at vertical at address is causing me to flip the clubface at the ball causing me inconsistent ball striking? As sometimes i hit it thin and other times fat? I think that there are to many moving parts going on with my wrists. And thought that setting my hands at address in a straight line with my left arm, (as per your vid) to help alleviate this movement? Thoughts please?
Kind regards, Graham

Rob Mulert says:

I just wanted to say thank you for this video. It helped me tremendously. I went with the forward shaft lean and striking my irons pure now !!

Gamesngainz says:

Wow, this made a huge difference in my golf game.

Michael Griffin says:

So if you’re going to play the shaft a bit forward in your setup would it help to have a weaker more neutral grip to not have to flatten it out?

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John J says:

For so long I had the hinge at address all wrong for full shots vs pitch shots. Literally had them backwards. This video was a eureka moment for me and I’m finally hitting nice draws

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