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Golf Question: Will A Stronger Grip Position Encourage A Better Release Of The Club?The direction of the golf ball during a shot relates to where the club face is pointing at impact and one of the key fundamentals to determining this is the grip.

If a player hits too many shots to the right or the ball doesnt bend as much from right to left as what they want, a slight adjustment to the grip will certainly help the hands become more passive and workable through impact.

A strong grip in particular would see one knuckle on the right hand and the V which is created between the index finger and thumb pointing up the right arm. This would encourage the left hand to sit more on top of the club with the V between the same two fingers pointing in between the right shoulder and chin.

With the hands set in this position on the golf club it is encouraging a faster use of the hands, therefore increased club head speed through impact and once it has been practiced and perfected to a players game, you would also expect to see more distance being created.

However, approach this with severe caution as an over-adjustment on the grip can cause it to become too strong subsequently closing the face to the target line and swing path making the ball go left.

An over adjustment is very common in golfers and this would be identified when the left hand is positioned too much on top of the club with the V pointing at the right shoulder and the right hand has no visible knuckles with its V pointing right of your body. A grip too strong to this extent will produce a low pull hook, or in some golfers can cause the hands to not move at all and then the push slice starts to come as a result.

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A strong grip can certainly aid a better release through impact but the tension in the hands can have the opposite effect.

If a player grips the club too tightly then the movement of the hands will be greatly inhibited as a result. But it starts from the back swing.

Once a player starts his back swing with a tight grip, the wrists cannot set themselves during the back swing, causing the left elbow in particular to break at the top of the swing. This tension could spread through the whole upper body at this point leaving little chance of any type of positive release through impact, leaving the club face pointing to the right which could result in a slice.

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The grip tends to have a more direct approach on the balls directional functions as opposed to how the ball is struck. Striking of the ball tends to come from the clubs path and angle into the ball. Also, ball striking is determined by the fundamentals at the set up, for example, where the ball is positioned in between the feet and in relation to which club. Be careful not to change the grip to improve ball striking directly.

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A slice is caused by the club cutting across the golf ball on an out to in swing path in relation to the target line, with the club face pointing right of the path. A stronger grip allows the hands to work freely through impact, therefore allowing the club head to be straightened or closed to the swing path creating more pull or pull hook results. A strong grip can create a push slice but this would need a strong tight grip to completely disable the hands from moving through impact.