Your grip pressure in golf is important.
That’s why you’re reading this article.
It can dictate the outcome of many shots.
But how do you know you have the right amount?
Read to learn how holding a steering wheel will help you determine the right amount grip pressure.
It’s A lot Like Driving
We want to make sure the small muscles in our arms and shoulders are relaxed. When this is achieved we can go ahead and swing the club smooth. Any tension will lead to tight golf swings.
I use the analogy of driving a car a holding the steering wheel. If you were to hold the steering wheel tightly, it would be hard to make the wheel turn because your arms are tight and stiff. When you release some of the tension, your arms are loose making it much easier for the wheel to turn.
The same is said for holding the club and rotating the club head itself. During the swing we must use our arms and hands to rotate the club head at certain points during the swing.
So that’s the first drill you can do. Think of gripping the club like it was the steering wheel of your car. It’s easier to turn the wheel if your arms are relaxed and holding the wheel loosely.
Pull The Club Test
This is another easy test you can do.
The first thing you need is another person. It could be your spouse, children, next door neighbor or playing partner.
They’re going to think you’re weird. But it doesn’t matter what they think.
Grab a club then hold it in front of you so the club is parallel with the ground.
Your partner will then grab the club head and try to pull the club head toward them. If you’re holding the club lightly, your arms will be relaxed and they will have an easy time pulling the club head towards them.
But if you’re holding it too tightly they’ll struggle pulling the club toward them. If that’s the case hold the club lighter until they can pull it toward them.
See below for a great video from the game’s best putter Brad Faxon explaining this drill.
It will take some time getting adjusted to holding the club a little lighter. But if you are just sitting around home, then you can go ahead and work on holding the club a little lighter. Once you feel comfortable then go to a range and focus only on gripping the club lighter.
In golf many things can affect the outcomes of our shots. Over my years of evaluating my own game along with just about everyone I play with, I can honestly say that grip pressure plays a huge role in shot outcomes.
From watching golfers I can tell you that the majority hold the club tightly. This will cause all the small muscles in your arms and shoulders to tense up making it difficult to make a smooth rhythmic swing. If you look at just about every good golf swing they are generally fluid and smooth.
It’s very difficult to swing the club smooth and fluid holding onto the golf club to tightly because you’re not loose.
During the last few years I have battled a problem of holding the club far too tight with my top hand on the club. This causes me to over-rotate the club during my back swing and produces a lot of hooks. It has been a work in progress and it comes and goes less frequent now that I am I aware of what’s going on.
What worked for me was the two tests above. With that said I have no doubt you’ll be fine as well.
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