The Grip Pressure: How hard should You Hold it
Sam Snead once said to hold the club as if you had a live bird in your hands. He found out that the light grip pressure is the best for hitting golf balls.
I agree with him.
But when you get tense, you tend to hold the grip too hard. If you hold your grip too hard, your arms get tense. If your arms get tense, your whole body will get tense as well.
This will restrict free movement of your body causing you to lose distance. So the harder you hold your club, the less distance you get.
How hard should you hold it
When holding the golf club, put enough pressure on the grip so that the club won't come out of your hands during the golf swing.
On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is light and 10 is tight, try 5 first. And then try 4, 3 and so on. The correct grip pressure differs from golfer to golfer so you need to experiment.
How to Let Go of Tension
When you feel the pressure, try to hold the club as hard as you can for a few seconds and let it go. This is well known technique to ease tension.
It should work for you, too.
Grip it Little Tighter
There is a situation where you need to hold your grip little tighter than normal. That's when you hit it out of the rough.
When hitting it from rough (especially from deep rough), the grass will grab your clubface or the neck of the clubhead causing the clubface to close or open.
To avoid that kind of problems, you need to grip it little tighter than normal.
- Fat Shots
- Fairway Woods
- Long Iron
- Short Iron
- Pull / Push
- Shots from Rough
- Fairway Bunker