Get­ting the ideal grip pres­sure com­pletely the wrong way round

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - INSTRUCTION -

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.

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