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.
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.
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.
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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.
But there are those golfers who use strong grips and almost never hook or draw the ball, and struggle with slicing. And interestingly, both faded the ball. They used a fast body rotation throughout the forward swing and a holding off of the release to do so, because a normal release would result in a severe hook.
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.
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 .
While most pros aren’t using oversize grips on their other clubs, they can help amateurs reduce grip pressure during the full swing.
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 .
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.
Scott Piercy is one of a handful of players on the PGA Tour with a 10 – finger grip . In fact, since Bob Estes went to something else a few years back, Piercy is the only guy that I know of who still uses it. Most players either use an interlock grip or the overlap grip .