A student emailed me to ask what kind of grip I would recommend… here is my answer:
Please read all this to understand my answer to your question: “What kind of grip you use only matters with a golf swing that “hits” at the ball with the hands. The grip acts like an offset to make corrections for what the hands messed up on the backswing”… What you will find with my method is the Big Key is a constant Grip Pressure. Here is why.
With the slightest hint of the hands getting involved during the swing, the body will stop rotating to support a “Hit At Something” with the hands just like chopping a tree (you stop your body to throw the axe into the tree, you don’t turn and chop together).. this is why I believe my method is more Athletic. A quarterback uses his body to throw his arm through, the body unwinds to throw the arm… the arm does not pass the body rotation midway. A good baseball player hitting out of the park, does not stop his hips half way and let the arms and bat pass his turn, he hits the ball with everything while turning (the mass of the entire body hits the ball). This is the element I discovered that has been missing with traditional golf instruction, stopping and letting the arms and hands take over and wasting all the power of the body rotation and mass. Another misconception of “Clear your Hips First” also robs power and causes problems. This is a weak position, because all the potential power of the hips and core already went by and now comes the arms and club stuck behind trying to catch up (Leads to shanks and flipping to save shot).
At a higher level of my method, the hands are completely passive allowing the Large Muscles to Dominate which keeps the club face always square because there is no disruption (by the hands) during the swing. Also, there is automatic perfect hinging and unhinging that takes place when the hands don’t take over. So… use the grip you are comfortable with… keep a constant grip pressure (3 on a scale from 1-10) and learn to hit the ball with your body turn… Start with little shots using the Straight Arm Swing drill … Be aware of your grip pressure during every swing for awhile … takes practice but you will see… Ross
Once you set your grip on the club with both hands equally, you do not want to change your grip pressure again until the swing is finished. That means NO ANXIOUS WAGGLING (a non-productive move that sets you up to flip). This conscious effort to not change your grip pressure will force you to learn (and use) the Large Muscles to control your swing. To replace the waggle, you can simulate your takeaway by pushing everything (arms and club), straight back with your front shoulder. This will give you a feeling (rehearsal) of how the takeaway will start. Now again, once you have the club gripped, maintain a constant equal grip pressure during the entire swing. This takes a conscious effort to learn at first, but will greatly improve your golf swing. This also takes some practice to become part of your swing. Once you have learned to swing the club with passive hands, you will instantly be aware of when your hands do take over and stop the Large Muscles from controlling your swing.
One of my Future websites (http://grippressure.com) will be solely devoted to this (it is that important). I believe a change in Grip Pressure during the swing, to be one of the biggest problems in the golf swing but, once controlled, one of the easiest paths to a much more reliable golf game.
Most golfers use their hands during the golf swing. They use their hands on the takeaway… or use their hands to hinge the club… or to try to direct the club on plane … or hit at the ball … or release to point the club at the target. Fact is, the hands are unreliable and inconsistent. The hands can move so many directions and then when you add in the wrists hinging in many different directions too, it makes it almost impossible to return exactly how you were at setup. Hence, 8 hrs a day practice to try to groove it. (Will never happen) … they will break down under pressure. So what do I use??
A much more reliable, efficient golf swing will use the shoulders on the takeaway first while you resist with the lower body and then use the hips to start the downswing unwinding and continue unwinding with the body all the way to the finish. THE HANDS ARE PASSIVE DURING THE WHOLE SWING!! If you learn to keep them from taking over on the takeaway or trying to forcibly hinge or hit at the ball, all of a sudden the large muscles take over (because something has to generate power. The result … a much more consistent, powerful, repeatable golf swing. And if fixes automatically, any timing issues you may have had. Using the shoulders and hips and core for the source of power will amaze you. It is very natural… like throwing a ball… the knees, move the hips, move the torso, move the shoulders to sling the arm through. You don’t stop your body half way when you throw a ball and let your hands and arm pass… why would you on the golf swing?
Practice hitting golf shots being totally aware of your grip pressure throughout the entire swing. Keep your grip pressure the same (do not let it change even a little) and you will see a dramatic difference…