A strong grip can cure someone who swings over the top and/or struggles with slicing the ball. This particular grip promotes a more in-to-out swing as well as a club face that closes more through impact. This grip makes hitting shots that spin right to left much easier.
A strong grip also has the effect of reducing a club’s loft. In general terms, this means golfers with a strong grip will hit the ball lower and further than someone with a weaker grip because of the lack of club loft at impact.
This will indicate a strong position. It means that the clubface will be more closed with this grip compared to a weak or neutral position (assuming all other factors are equal). As you can see, it is possible to play golf at an elite level using a strong grip .
A strong grip is one where both hands are rotated away from the target; a weak grip is one where both hands are rotated toward the target and a neutral grip falls somewhere in between . I am a big fan of a strong grip . It encourages the ball to go further and the hands to lead the club head in to impact.
Some misnomers about slices Why? The ball will always leave the clubface, at a right angle to the clubface, regardless of the path the club is swung on unless there is enough time and force to alter what’s known as the Venturi Effect. 2. A strong grip eliminates a slice .
It all starts with the Northern Irishman’s grip. Rory McIlroy grip features a slightly strong left hand position , which promotes freedom of movement in the arms and shoulders as he sweeps the club to the top and down into the ball.
If you hit a lot of slices , you should “strengthen” your left-hand position on the club. Many people believe the hand positions should mirror each other, but when you take a strong left-hand grip , doing the same with the right will close your clubface too much at impact.
Adjusting your grip to a stronger position can help you hit a shot that curves from right to left. A slight right-to-left curve is a draw shot, while a more dramatic curve is a hook. Being able to curve the ball can be useful when the shape of the hole is right to left, a dogleg.
“Provided the ball speed, launch angle and spin rate are the same, a draw and fade will carry and roll the same distance. However, from a practical perspective, most club golfers will hit a draw further than a fade , because when they hit a draw they reduce the loft, leading to lower spin rates.
Woods burst onto the scene with a strong grip , which he employed as a junior golfer through his win at the 1997 Masters. You can see the left wrist is more cocked in the picture above. That’s because his left hand is in a stronger position more on the side of the grip .
Many pros use a strong grip on the PGA Tour. Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods , Zach Johnson, and Bubba Watson are all known to use a strong grip. Compare this to the time of Jack Nicklaus when a more neutral grip was the predominant grip style on tour.
|Grip Size||Hand Measurement||Glove Size|
|Junior/Undersize||< 7 inches||Small|
|Standard||7 to 8 ¾ inches||Medium / Large|
|Midsize||8 ¼ to 9 ¼ inches||Large|
|Oversize/Jumbo||> 9 ¼ inches||Extra Large|
Your grip should be hard enough to keep it from getting away but weak enough not to hurt it. Also, you might have a so-called “ weak grip .” A weak grip means your thumbs are more on top of the club, so when you swing it, you will tend to open the club face and hit a slice .
For golfers who struggle with an overdrawing ball flight, we often see a grip that is turned too far away from the target — commonly known as a “ strong ” grip . This type of grip can often close (and de-loft) the clubface too much in relationship to the swing path and target at impact, leading to the dreaded duck- hook .
A weak grip tends to make the face over rotate and open up the club. This open club face causes a shot to the right of the target. The open club face also adds extra loft creating unwanted height on shots. These two things can join together to cause a dramatic high, right and short shot putting the golfer in trouble.