The ingenious trick Adam Scott uses to check his grip before every shot

Look closely, and you'll notice Adam Scott using a simple trick to make sure his grip is perfect every time.

BROOKLINE, Mass. — It’s easy to get lost in the moment whenever Adam Scott swings a golf club. His move is truly aspirational: From his silky tempo to his perfect balance, the 2013 Masters champ just makes it look so natural. It’s often easy to forget how much detailed, hard work goes into it.

And if you look closely before each one of his shots, you’ll see one piece of it every time.

It happens during Scott’s pre-shot routine. First, Scott stands behind his shot and visualizes it. Nothing out of the ordinary there. But that’s when he employs a handy trick: First, he places the clubface on the ground pointing towards the target. Then he places his left hand on the grip on the club so the back of his hand is also pointing towards the target.

Think of it as a checkpoint. In doing it before each shot, Adam Scott accomplishes two things.

  1. He makes sure his left hand grip is in the same spot, every time.
  2. He creates a relationship between his hands and his clubface that helps him hit better shots.

Great swings don’t get that way overnight. It requires paying attention to the details. And for a swing like Scott’s, it means no detail is too small.

Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.