Golf Grip Myth

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Published: February 16, 2014

The Golf Grip and Bad Posture – Video Transcript

One of the most frustrating things for me as a golf instructor is to go through golf magazines and read the complete, illogical non-sense that some of the instructors blab about. One of the more recent ones was from an instructor at an extremely well known club in California that said that you should grip the golf club based on how your arms naturally hang at address. He thought that all golfers arms naturally hang down differently because that's just how they were built.

"Hi there, Loved this video. It explains exactly what I've been doing for the last couple of weeks...Great explanation. Thanks again, Luke"
-Luke M. | Dec 15, 2012 | 18 HDCP
golf grip Do you think this is how your arms naturally hang at address? Think again.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone's arms actually hang down the exact same way unless one of two things have occurred. First, you either were born with some sort of disfiguring condition which pretty rare. Or, what is almost always the case, you have bad posture.

I would hope that a golf instructor of this much notoriety would be able to determine the difference, but obviously that isn't the case. Not only is this golf instruction nonsense completely wrong, but it makes it really difficult to make a great golf swing but could even injure you.

Take a look at how I'm setting up here and how much work it is for me to get in to my golf setup with my hands facing the front of my thighs. The instructors who think this is normal advocate that you just use a very strong grip and build your golf swing around this compensation.

I say, get in neutral posture and see how much EASIER it is to build your golf swing WITHOUT any compensations. It sounds logical, I know.

Long story short, if some instructor told you this, go back and ask for your money back, pull your shoulders back and watch my video on how to take a correct golf grip and start building your perfect golf swing with the correct fundamentals.



Checkpoints for Practice

  • Poor posture will cause your arms to hang incorrectly from your shoulders. From here, you will to have to make compensations in order to properly grip the club.
  • Pull your shoulder blades back, down and in to get yourself "in the box," your palms will face each other and your grip will come on naturally.

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