Golf Tips:
Monitor Your Grip For More Consistency And Distance

Movement in the grip and excessive tension lead to errant shots and lost distance. Here is a drill to monitor hand movement and grip pressure during the swing: Make some practice swings concentrating only on your hands. Eliminate all other thoughts about your legs, your head, etc. and just monitor your grip. Rate your grip pressure on a scale of 1 (softest) to 10 (hardest). You should strive to be under a 5 on 80% of all golf shots. First, identify what your grip pressure is at the setup. Compare this to what it is during the initial part of the takeaway, or the first two feet of the backswing. What happens to your grip pressure at the top of the backswing, at the start of the downswing, at impact and the finish? Is it consistent throughout your entire swing? Evaluate one area at a time. It may also be good to close your eyes to really feel your hands. Start with some practice swings and then try it with a ball. Have fun and good luck.

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