Golf Swing Tip: Use Light Golf Grip Pressure To Improve Your Golf Swing

Fred Couples top of backswing

Symptom: Your golf grip pressure is not something you think about much.  In tense situations, your grip pressure gets tighter, not lighter.

You might even think that the longer clubs need a tighter golf grip pressure in order to hit them well.

Overview: Figure out how loosely you can hold the club on a full swing without having the club fly out of your hands. You will be surprised at what a light grip pressure this takes! Then grip the club slightly harder than this, and execute your swing.

Fred Couples has a fluid looking swing due to lack of tension in his hands and arms. golf grip pressure grip pressure golf swing light grip
Fred Couples has a fluid looking swing enabled by lack of tension in his hands and arms.

Why it works: Too much grip pressure puts tension into your arms, and prevents you from keeping your wrists cocked on the downswing. Most importantly, a tight grip encourages you to swing with your hands and arms instead of your big muscles in your lower body.

Light Golf Grip Pressure Helps Your Golf Swing

When you use your hands and arms instead of your lower body, you will develop an over the top swing, and tend to hit a slice instead of a draw.  This dooms your swing before you’ve even begun.  Not to mention, of course, that the power in the golf swing comes from the lower body, not the arms.

Have a look as Fred Couples nonchalantly win a long drive contest, sans a golf glove.  Do you see any tension in his hands and arms?  No way.  See how the motion looks effortless?  It’s because all his power comes from his big muscles, and his hands stay quiet.

Have a look:

You must keep your wrists cocked (or increase the wrist cock) to preserve the “lag” during your downswing.  The wrist cock keeps your clubhead on an inside path and prevents “casting” and an “over the top” motion, allowing you to hit the ball at the four o’clock position, and avoid the dreaded slice.  Indeed, if you try flinging a stick underhand, you probably won’t grip the stick as tightly as you are gripping your golf club!

One final note:  If you have old, worn, slick grips, you will tend to hold on tighter that you would with newer, softer grips.  But this grip pressure is bad news for your swing.  That’s why your best investment in golf equipment is probably to get your clubs regripped, not to get new clubs!  I guarantee you Fred’s grips are new and fresh!

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