Lighter Grip for More Distance
11:16 AM PST - 12/3/2007
by: Joe Buttitta
Every golfer I know wants to hit the ball farther.
To accomplish this three things have to happen simultaneously:
- greater clubhead speed;
- center-face (sweet spot) contact;
- square clubface (not much open or closed) at impact.
Getting all three precisely at the same time is why golf is the hardest game in the world.
The easiest of the three to attain is clubhead speed, but you don’t usually get it by swinging harder.
To make the clubhead increase its speed in the hitting zone (from knee to knee) you must relax rather than tense up. The first thing to relax is the finger pressure you exert on the handle of the club. I like a two-fingered, left-hand grip. That means you hold the club exclusively with the pinkie and ring finger of the left hand (for righthanders). The other eight fingers should exert little or no pressure (read this again!). You’ll feel like you will lose the club if you do this, but that’s not the case. Hold the club like this and your wrists will be allowed to act as “free hinges”, which they are for all full shots. The moment you hold the club much tighter you will inhibit wrist action, slow the clubhead and probably hit a blocked shot to the right.
Learn to trust that a much lighter hold on the club will eventually produce longer and straighter shots.