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Issue 767 - Wednesday June 7, 2023
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Tom's Featured Tip: Grip Pressure

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Grip Pressure

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I recently read some research about grip pressure that seemed insignificant to me - until I read it a couple more times then conducted an experiment on myself.

The Study:
  1. It involved 20 golfers - 10 with handicaps below 10, and 10 with handicaps above 15.

  2. These golfers went through an intake process, had their handicap index recorded, and grip strength tested with a dynamometer.

  3. Each golfer then took 10 shots with a 3-wood. The choice of a 3-wood was deliberate, as it would best highlight the performance gap between the low and high handicappers.

  4. During these shots, they collected a ton of data from Gears full body motion capture, Foresight GCQuad Camera tracked club delivery and ball flight, and a SensorEdge instrumented grip measured pressure applied by the lead and trail hands.

The Results:

The data yielded two main findings:
  • High handicap players showed almost 40% more variability in their grip pressure from swing to swing than low handicap players.

  • High handicappers were three times more likely to apply more pressure with the trail hand at impact.
But the real insight came when examining individual golfers.

The high handicap group had significantly less control over Loft at Impact and Face Angle.

"Examining the data from the multiple technology sets made it very clear from a coaching perspective that better results could be achieved through a modification of Body Position in 3D space, or changing applied pressure to the grip."

The Takeaways:

Here are a few key takeaways:
  1. Consistency: The study shows that consistent pressure application is linked to lower handicaps. This is something to experiment with during practice.

  2. Pressure control: Pay attention to when pressure is being applied and try for consistency. Using this new tech and info could provide clear guidance on how to tweak pressure application or timing to create specific changes in club delivery.
I decided to test all of this out on myself after reading the article by intentionally decreasing the grip pressure in my trail (right) hand during my downswing.

The results were actually quite profound, I discovered that:
  1. I was squaring the face effortlessly at impact.
  2. My ground contact was very consistent.
  3. I didn't turn any draws into hooks, which I tend to do every now and then.
Decreasing the grip pressure in my trail hand in my downswing is here to stay for me.

It's pretty simple to test your grip pressure by doing what I did and see if it improves your ball flight and/or ball striking.

Try it, I think you'll really like it.

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