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!!!!!