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  1. Husker

    I believe you’re going to have to define what you mean by changing grip pressure. While I have no facts/studies to back up my assertion, I’d bet a lot of $$ that everyone’s grip pressure changes to some degree during the swing.

    I agree that sudden increases in grip pressure have the effect of producing less than optimal results.

    As far as your question about doing something with the hands – sure, I agree. What are you getting at?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I am directing this at all those who propose active hand actions in the swing…like my favorite…holding the lag.

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  2. s.

    I remember reading some famous teacher’s book…de la Torre?…and he said that the grip pressure will change with how hard you swing the club. It makes sense to START with the same grip pressure, but you’re going to have in involuntary tightening more with a full swing than a lob wedge.

    During any particular swing, I think it should be an automatic reaction. Hitters are going to have more tension than swingers.

    The Vardon grip is telling us something, I think. The purpose seems to be to use less hands and let the club release.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I am sure that grip pressure changes. I am talking about grabbing or holding on.

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  3. mship

    If you are trying to focus on changing or not changing grip pressure during the swing that is bad

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  4. S.

    “grabbing or holding on” on the downswing to produce lag–there are two indications that this is not good. Back to the Vardon grip, if grabbing and holding was good, more pros would use a 10-finger grip, because it is better for grabbing and holding.

    Another indication is one of your favorites, the golf machine! The other day on TV, some show had a brief look at a golf machine, and it was interesting how loose the “wrist” was. Yeah, I know we can’t learn to golf from machines, but the people who built it probably did more scientific study than anyone, and I believe that they based it on Byron Nelson, hence Iron Byron.

    If grabbing & holding was good, then Iron Byron would have some kind of mechanism to cast the club, but it doesn’t.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Nice post.

      Woody, what I have found among the comments of regular readers of this blog is that while we may differ on details here and there, we generally agree on major principles and that is what I find important. Details/feels/perceptions are going to be different from person to person and that is why there is no one right way to do it.

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  5. Dion

    Monte,
    This is not actually off topic but I wonder did you ever read George Knudson’s The Natural Golf Swing? Apart from advocating light grip pressure his approach includes keeping conscious hand and arm action out of the swing. Just wondered if you read it and, if so, what you think? It has changed my game and my approach to improving. I think it fits perfectly with your views.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I have not read it. This may be semantics, but I found that having a “light” grip pressure can sometimes be problematic if the wrist action is too sloppy. I like using the term “medium” grip pressure.

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      • Dion

        Sorry that was my misinterpretation. He says the grip pressure happens naturally. “I don’t want you to APPLY any pressure. Applied pressure is extra pressure.” I just interpreted that as being a light pressure. It’s hard to describe feelings in words.

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