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Now when you’re playing golf, you’re only connection to the golf club is through the grip. And if you’ve watched or read anything about golf, you’ll appreciate that getting the right grip is quite important, whether you choose the baseball grip, overlap, or interlink. I don’t really like the baseball grip by the way, so if you want to improve that, interlink and or overlapping is a good starting point. But then grip pressure is an important factor. Now I’ve often called grip pressure the golfer’s secret because it’s very difficult to tell how someone’s gripping the golf club. And even by asking them, I say, “How’s your grip pressure?” “Oh, it’s fine, fine. Yeah, yeah. Oh actually I’m strangling it, I’m really holding on to it too tightly.” And it’s not until I ask that question, until I actually try and take the golf club off someone’s hands, that I can actually tell how tightly they’re holding the club. So let’s make sure the overly tight grip pressure isn’t your little bad secret that you’re not telling anybody.

So when you’re setting up to the golf ball, if you feel tension through your forearms, it’s very difficult for anyone to see this. But if you can feel tension through your forearms, or you’re getting blisters on your fingers, or sore spots on your hands, that’s a good sign that maybe the grip pressure’s getting a bit too tight, particularly when you’re under pressure on the golf course. So the first tee nerves example you know, everyone around the first tee watching you. And the grip pressure rises through the roof, your shoulders tense up, your swing starts to shorten and get a bit quicker, all caused by bad grip pressure.

So a really nice way to make sure you got decent grip pressure, just hold in the golf club right in front of you. Pretty much focusing on the back three fingers and try and hold the club as lightly as possible without letting go of it. So don’t strangle it, just loosen it off until you can almost feel it fall out of your hand. And then bring it down and just drop your right hand in there at the same sort of pressure. Bring that down to the back of the ball and have a little waggle and everything should just feel relaxed, almost like you’re going to let go of the club. During your swing, your grip pressure will start to increase slightly.

Now that’s an almost an involuntary reaction. The golf club will get heavier as you swing. It will try and pull out of your hands and the natural reaction is to grip that tighter. A nice explanation of how and why that happens is similar to when you drive a car, if you’re driving a car in a straight line, you’re holding the steering wheel but you’re barely touching the steering wheel. You’re certainly not strangling it. Yet if you come up to corner or a roundabout, you hold the steering wheel a bit more tightly and you grip it as you go around the corner and then you let go and loosen your hands as the car straightens up again.

And the fact of it, the same thing happens to the golf club. We grip it nice and relaxed to start with, we tense the grip pressure a little bit, getting to an impact position here which is really quite tight, and then we’ll relax it off again. And you’ll feel the same thing when you drive the car, straight line relaxed, you’re not strangling it when you’re driving, turn it, you start to squeeze that steering wheel when you turn the corner and you relax and it strikes again. Feel like you’re doing the same thing with your golf swing.

It’s important you have a nicely relaxed grip pressure to allow you to release the golf club correctly. The releasing action is the caulking this way, and then the releasing and the unhinging of the wrist going this way. Any grip pressure that’s a bit too tight will often result in a quite a stunted follow through. Actually a loss of power, maybe even an opening of the club face which would cause the ball to slide left to right. So relaxed grip pressure, let the hands and the arms release quite evenly, and after a round of golf, you shouldn’t have blisters, you shouldn’t have sore spots, you shouldn’t have sore forearms. Those are all good indicators that you got the grip pressure incorrect. So next time you hit the driving range on the practice ground, try and work on just checking your grip pressure, make sure that’s not your little bad secret.