Once upon a time, in a land far far away (usually on the first tee of your local golf course) there lived a golfer who wanted to hit the ball farther. . .
Too tight: “I’m going to kill this one!” Tension is the number one killer of golf swings. Managing tension throughout the golf swing is essential, especially in the hands. Often when the grip pressure is too tight, golfers restrict their shoulder turn, lift out of posture, swing “over the top” or have an upper body tempo that is too fast (just to name a few.) This is the most prevalent of the three grip pressures.
Too Loose: “Wet noodle hands is my swing thought.” Too wobbly in the hands can also get you into trouble. Re-griping or loosing control of the club head can occur. This leads to timing issues and inconsistency.
Just Right: “Ahhh yes, the perfect constant grip pressure throughout the entire swing. Not too tight, not too loose, just right.” Perfection!
Find your “Goldilocks zone” and you will hit the ball farther . . .and live happily every after (at least on the long par 4’s).
Dodie Mazzuca is the founder of Golf PROformance and the Director of Instruction at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, AZ.