Grip pressure

Let me start with this.

Death gripping is bad because it will isolate the hands and mostly likely cause a bad release and/or prevent a good one from happening.

The “bird in the hand” grip pressure is also bad, IMO. If you grip the club too light, your hand action gets sloppy and you can’t help but snatch the club in transition.

That leaves us everything else in the middle and that is what you need to search for. So I will say on a scale from 1-10, eliminate 1,2,9 and 10. Then find what works for you between 3 and 8.

This is another one of golf’s trial and error processes. You need to find what works for you. It should be obvious after a few buckets of balls what pressure works for you. If it feels good and produces a good ball flight, it is probably correct.

To add to the fun, you might find that a grip pressure of 7 works for your left hand and a 4 for the right hand produces a feel and ball flight that is perfect for you.

Confused? Good. At least that’s what the golf instruction and training aid industries want. How else can they sell you DVD’s and the latest spine bending device in order to knock 5 strokes off your handicap and add 40 yards to drives.

…or, you can have someone who has a basic idea point you in the right direction and you find what works for you.

Since the hands are your greatest feedback mechanism in golf, finding the right one with regards to grip pressure is HUUUUGE!!!!!

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  1. bobs34

    In the FWIW column, here’s how I define grip pressure:

    While reading this, bring your hands together just enough so that the bottom of yur palms and finger tips touch each other. That’s a 1. Now press your palms together just enough so that your fingers are touching each other from base to tip. That’s a 5 and just a little more than what I use use for grip pressure. Now press your palms together hard so that your forearms tense up. That’s a 10. Don’t know if Monte agrees with this or not, just my $.02.
    -Bob

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  2. Bob Saunders

    Monte, you are leading us into uncharted waters, and it is all good. Thanks!

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  3. Calvin D

    I’ve read some grip pressure articles but never attached much importance to it.
    Grip pressure never occurs to me on the course. I just grip it comfortably and play.
    I think as long as you are not tense you are fine.

    If you’re worried about it, smear your grip with vaseline and learn to swing it without tension. πŸ™‚

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    • Christian

      Just make sure no one is standing anywhere in front or to the left of you when trying the vaseline thing :-). I almost killed a guy the other day launching my driver when taking a practice swing in the rain – I guess my rain gloves were worn out and I fired it about 40 yards over to the adjacent green and missed the guy by about 3 feet :-).

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      • Calvin D

        Good advice. πŸ™‚

        Always stand behind and to the right of any golfer you don’t know well.

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  4. Damon

    Monte – Thanks for these posts on the grip – very informative and it is good to think about something that is easy to take for granted.

    I do have 1 problem with my grip that I would like to run by you. I find my right palm area (I am a righty) right under the thumb pad has a tendency to separate from its resting place on top of my left thumb. It seems to occur right around or after impact. I have a feeling this is caused by a lack of turn through the ball so my arms begin to outrace my body, and then the hands have no ability to stay connected. What are your thoughts – have you come across this before?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Vijay and Phil do this. There are a number of reasons this can happen and it’s a pickem.

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      • Damon

        Thanks for the reply. I have a feeling the reason it happens to Phil and Vijay and to me are probably not one and the same!

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      • Monte Scheinblum

        It possible that you do it for the same reason. I was just letting you know it is not a terrible thing that is impossible to overcome.

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      • Damon

        I understand. You are right, it is not the worst thing.

        I will say that I had a chance to go hit a few balls in a simulator today using the stronger left hand, weaker right hand grip you mentioned in the previous thread. I did not pull 1 shot (normal issue) and actually hit some decent fades on the first few shots (which I don’t normally do). I realized with this grip I was able to more easily really release and turn without flipping as easily – I could be more aggressive. The final 3-4 shots were nice tight draws with the 3-wood off of the deck. I am going to definitely take this to the course.

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  5. Wally

    If you spend too much time reading how to play golf, or spend too much money on stuff to help play better. GET A GRIP

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  6. Wally

    Play from the front tees until you can hit every green in regulation

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  7. s.

    You write, “Confused? Good. At least that’s what the golf instruction and training aid industries want. ”

    That could be part of it, along with pack mentality.

    But, there’s something else involved with the confusion of golf instructors. It’s possible for someone to be extremely good at a physical task (like golf), and yet not be able to communicate what they know about it.

    Example: I am very good at stretching my hand & arm straight up into the air. But, given the fact that muscles work by contracting, I have no idea how it’s even possible, and I surely couldn’t explain it.

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