How tight should you grip the golf club when driving?


“There are two things you can learn by stopping your backswing at the top and checking the position of your hands; how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.”Thomas Mulligan

By Ian Hardie

In the post One of golf’s pro secrets I suggested that one of the most noticeable differences between golfers who are struggling to hit the ball consistently and accomplished golfers

Is something that a lot of golfers aren’t even aware of or even if they are – they don’t seem to pay any attention to it – which is a shame as once golfers get it right

It can go a long way toward unlocking their true potential as a golfer

For those who aren’t aware of it or don’t do it – it’s one of the most common causes of golfers ‘topping the ball’ as well as being a fairly good contributor to that most common of shots that you may have heard of – ‘the slice’

In that first post I used a small part of my book I could play golf when I first started to let you in on exactly what it was – so rather than go over grip pressure again – I’d suggest you either take a look back at that first post or if you don’t already have one and have realised that it’s probably a darn good idea to grab a copy of the book

I could play golf when I first started you can get yourself a copy by clicking here

Which brings me to the question I am answering in today’s post ‘How tight should you grip the golf club when driving?’

The answer is in actual fact – exactly the same as you do for every other shot that you hit and while some of you (the many golf teachers around the world that follow Golf Habits) reading will be nodding your head in agreement currently

I’m guessing that the rest of the readers will be looking for a little more information about now – as that’s not what most golfer’s exhibit on the golf course

To help illustrate my point I’m going to use a little bit of my other book that addresses everything to do with driving – called How to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can

You can find out how to grab a copy of that if you don’t have one by clicking here

“The main problem I have encountered over the years in helping countless golfers

Learn how to drive the golf ball as far as they possibly can

Is that when most golfers want to hit the ball further they basically do three things

That instinctively seem like they would work

Firstly, they tense up by getting all ‘manly and aggressive’

They are going to hit the ball so hard that if the cover stays on it

It’s going to be hit into next week sometime”

Sound familiar to you?

In actual fact most golfers I see standing over the ball getting ready to hit their drive look a lot like the guy in the image at the start of this post – and have a similar grip tension as well

By the way, that guy is former champion bodybuilder and World’s Strongest Man competitor – Franco Columbu – if you were wondering

Anyway, let’s get back to that part of the book How to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can to look at how tight you should grip the golf club while driving

“Now while a certain level of aggression is actually useful while driving the golf ball and hitting it hard is a good idea of course – as long as it is done at the right time

The rest of it is just a recipe for failure

An easy way to get the feeling of just how destructive tension is before you hit a golf shot

Is to take the hand that isn’t currently holding your mouse or whatever device you are reading this on

Hold your arm out straight and rotate your open hand around quickly from left to right then back again quickly for a few times like you were going to quickly open a door knob

As you look at it rotating and feel what’s going on you will notice that your hand will be easily rotating and your arm will be moving as well

If you feel like rotating it faster, it’s not too difficult is it?

Now try to do the same rotation with your fist clenched

Does that immediately restrict your ability to rotate your hand?

As well as restricting the movement your arm makes?

Now really tense your fist up as hard as you can

How much more restriction does that produce?

How much slower is the rotation now?

If you aren’t sure what the difference is have a few goes alternating the rotation between having your hand open and free of tension back to your fist being closed and tense

Any chance of rotating that clenched fist faster or is it easier when your hand is open and free of tension?

I’m sure you will be feeling a massive difference and just how much of an impact

That any tension of your muscles can have on your movement”

The example you have just been doing was using some of your smaller muscles

Now take a minute to imagine just how much restriction the big muscles of a golfer

Who is going to be standing on the tee with tension in both of their arms, their hands and their upper body – like Franco Columbu has in the image above

Ready to ‘whack the ball into next week’ as hard as they can – will have!

“This simple ‘act of aggression and tension’ while setting up to the ball

Actually costs them a similar amount of yardage

That they are actually trying to gain with that mind-set

Read that again to make sure you have that point

Their pre-tensed muscles and body will just not respond at anywhere near their maximum

To generate the rotation and speed needed to hit the ball further

Instead they will experience a restriction of rotation and a drop in speed from normal

Most probably graphically shown by a weak slice or block to the right”

I expect that you may be nodding in agreement at this point

As most golfers will have experienced hitting a shorter than expected slice

When trying to hit a really long drive

So how tight should you grip the golf club when driving?

I’m sure that by now you will clearly understand that to be able to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can

Your grip needs to be as tension free as possible at address

Ready to provide maximum power as you get nearer to hitting the golf ball

By the way the small part of the book How to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can that you have just been reading – really is only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to improving that part of your golf game

So if you really want to improve your driving – I’d suggest that the few dollars the book will cost you if you want to grab one here

Will be some of the best money you have ever spent on your golf

Play well


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