The golf grip is the fundamental skill that every golf must know and understand. The slightest change in a players grip can make the difference between hitting straight or wayward; long or short; consistent or inconsistent. I often wondered why professional golfers today hit the ball so much farther than players like Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller. Of course technology has helped, but Miller explains how the evolution of the golf grip has really impacted the game.
The basic gist behind Miller’s view is that transition of professional golfers from a neutral to strong grip. Take a look:
I have watched some video from years past and present day players and Miller is spot on. Virtually all professional golfers use a stronger grip and as a result can hit the ball much farther than in years past. This does not mean they are more accurate, just that they can hit a long ball…..just watch Bryson Dechambeau, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Brookes Keopka.
When I first started to play golf, I was taught to use a neutral setting when gripping the golf club. Because of this, I have adjusted my entire posture and ball position to fit this fundamental technique. As a result, I have never hit the ball long, but have would be considered very straight. This is skill is laudable, however, as I enter the senior category I wonder if my neutral grip is starting to hinder my game.
I have tinkered with a strong grip in the past, but I have never really dedicated my efforts to making the grip change. I found that the domino affect throughout the rest of my golf swing was very frustrating and I was not patient enough to follow it through.
I think it might be time to reevaluate my grip; however, I am sticking with my interlocking grip for sure. I might adopt a slightly stronger grip, not as dramatic as professionals, but slightly stronger. I will play with this concept over the winter in my indoor practice area. Of course, I will have to adjust other aspects of my swing, but I think if I approach this change slowly, I might see some positive results next year on the course.
Do you use a strong golf grip?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!