Getting the ideal grip pressure completely the wrong way round
Many of the golfers I coach think delicate short-game shots demand light grip pressure, while powerful full swings need a firmer hold – perhaps because long-game shots require physical force and short-game shots more finesse. In fact they have it the wrong way round… and this is why.
Long game: Go soft
Swing speed equals yards and to create speed in the downswing we must move in a certain sequence, the lower body moving the upper, which drives the arms that deliver the club.
Short game: Firmer hold
Around the green, control is key – and that means stabilising the clubface with a firmer grip. A firm hold also quietens the hands, which encourages body rotation to play a bigger role, adding consistency.
Pick up speed
Soft grip pressure permits a full wrist hinge and the creation of lag as you start down, storing a powerful angle that is released into the ball. That angle is not created with a tight grip.