Make sure you know how to grip it before you rip it

The only direct physical contact a golfer has to the club is through his hands.  The placement of the hands on the club is fundamentally the most important aspect of the golf swing.

A proper grip is a precursor to grip pressure. Remember that the control of the club comes from the last three fingers of the left hand and the middle two fingers of the right hand.

Once your grip is positioned on the club, the next issue at hand (pun intended) is how much pressure you should apply to your grip?

As a golf instructor, I always emphasize the larger muscles groups when I teach the golf swing.  The larger muscles dominate throughout the swing. Although the smaller muscles are significant, they should not dictate.

The muscles that run through the hands and fingertips are very small; in fact, the hands contain the smallest muscles groups in the golf swing.

However, I often see students over-utilizing those muscles to full capacity when they are gripping the club because they feel as if the club will swing out of their hands during the back and forward motion of the golf swing.  This can cause poor performance because too tight of a grip immobilizes larger muscles that dominate the golf swing.

The grip is supposed to feel relaxed with a medium pressure. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being a white-knuckled grip and 1 being a loosey- goosey grip), the grip pressure should be between a 6-7.

Here are two simple tips to work on your grip pressure: 1) Take a deep breath after you place your hands on the club. 2) Roll your shoulders back and down

Deep breathing and rolling your shoulders back and down after the placement of your hands on the shaft will help relax your small muscles consequently relaxing the larger muscle groups.

Grip pressure is a crucial component to a proper grip. Next time you grip, follow these two easy steps to discover the appropriate grip pressure for your swing.

 

Meredith Kirk is a USGTF level 3 certified Myrtle Beach golf instructor and is passionate about teaching golf to all levels of players. Her teaching methods combine golf mechanics with mind-body-spirit connection. She holds a BA from Coastal Carolina University in Public Relations in the Church and is a graduate of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary with a degree in Bible Counseling. She is also the author of  the book, “Thy Club and Thy Staff“. A brand new release that tees up 21 devotions bringing together the basics of good golf and the fundamentals of strong faith.

Visit her online site at http://www.meredithkirkgolf.com/

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