Get a grip: Loosen up on the club for better swing

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Lotspeich

Proper grip pressure is a key component of a fundamentally sound golf swing.

I see far too many players grip the club as if they were strangling it. Gripping the club tightly leads to too much tension in the wrists, forearms, and shoulders preventing a fluid release of the clubhead through the hitting zone.

One of my mantras in golf instruction is to “Grip the club as if it were a baby bird; you don’t want to kill it and you don’t want to let it go.” Remember that next time you play or go to the driving range. There’s a good chance that you’ve been gripping the club too tightly. It’s a simple thing that can cure a variety of swing issues.

See you on the links!

Editor’s Note: Ralph Lotspeich is the PGA Head Professional and Mizuno Certified Club Fitter at Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

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