The Grip Test

Like most things I talk about, there is no one right way to do it. You can play with a weak or strong grip and be a very good golfer and even without some of the skills and practice I talk about in the video.

Last week I did 5 days and 5 videos on the release. I will move on to “playing” the game topics, but still have some good stuff on simplifying your technique, as well.

This is a test/drill on how to find out the way your grip will release the club…and if you combine the results with your shot pattern, you will see if your grip will work with a natural release and swinging of the club.

All this video and today’s post is about is how to test what kind of grip you have and my OPINION on what will work better with a natural release.

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  1. Husker

    Excellent! I love it when explanations about parts of the golf setup/swing stand the common sense test.

  2. steve lyons

    When you put the shaft straight out in front of you and you have a slightly closed face, what happens to the face when you move your hands forwards to the target with the same shaft lean that you use when you actually hit a ball?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      I was waiting for that exact comment. If you are leading on purpose with your hands to delay the release, then yes, the club will “unclose” a bit. However, if you are turning and releasing naturally, that club will be slightly closed just past impact, which will cause the ball to go left.

      It’s all a nitpick. As long as your grip is close and you are releasing it, your body will find the proper timing.

      • steve lyons

        I know it’s a nitpick 🙂 Thought it might come up.

        If I really wanted to drive you nuts I’d post some videos of guys posing in their Lindebergs trying to look pretty at P10.

  3. Brett Picotte

    I’ve heard you comment about having the same grip pressure throughout the swing. Do you also grip a little tighter with the last 3 fingers of the left hand? Does that affect the release? Thanks.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      If you are consciously gripping it tighter with some fingers over others, i would say that is not ideal.


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