Grip – Strong Top Weak Bottom

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

9 Responses to “Grip – Strong Top Weak Bottom”

  1. November 3, 2013


    Well said. I am one who believes that most people do not pay enough attention to the grip. Hogan’s book devoted a lot of attention to this, and it is one of the things that I took to heart practicing daily until it became second nature to me. Your current tip only serves to enforce this while giving it even more meaning.

  2. November 4, 2013


    Paul ,
    Your’s is a very clear and excellent lesson on the grip with both hands .Thank you .
    However ,there has been a lot of variations over the time in the instructions on the left hand and right hand grips (For a right handed golfer ).
    Your demonstration is more or less a reminder from the classical instruction from BEN HOGAN (THE MODERN FUNDAMENTALS … ).However BEN HOGAN had a more “left hand in the fingers “grip (see page 21 of his book ).The one who knew the best BEN HOGAN was JOHN SCHLEE who was coached quite some time by HOGAN and SCHLEE advises in his book “MAXIMUM GOLF “a “in the fingers “grip in the left hand :the idea behind this is that the left hand just stabilizes the club ,allowing energy to flow through the club to the ball and total control is in in the right wrist and hand ,not the left .According to SCHLEE ,a strong left hand grip does not allow energy transfer .For JOHN SCHLEE ,the left hand grip is 75% fingers,12.5 %palm and 12.5% left thumb :this leads to a long left thumb on the grip ,which you pull back slightly .
    On the whole the hands are in the “prayer “position ,facing each other, the “V”s orientated to the chin ,not the right shoulder as it is commonly and wrongly taught .
    I play with this grip and it works for me .

    • Paul Wilson

      November 5, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      What you are forgetting is that Hogan fought a hook all of his career. By holding the club in the fingers the club is more parallel to the knuckle joints. This allows the left wrist to cup excessively at the top which is how he fixed his hook (big secret). I do not want you to hold the club like this. I want it across your palm. In doing so it creates a secure position on the club and it stops overcupping.


      How To Stop Over-Cupping At The Top of the Backswing:

      I really don’t care about John Schlee (never hear of him). Where is his proof that these percentages are correct? Where is the proof that this grip position does not allow for energy transfer? If this was the case no pro would hold the club in a 2 knuckle grip position yet almost all hold it this way while very few if any hold it in a weak position. If you want to go ahead and doing this go ahead.

  3. November 4, 2013


    Hogan was also fighting a wicked hook at the time, but that’s not why we are here…….Could you point me to the drill using an alignment rod stuck into the ground to practice staying under the plane ? I ran across it a while back, but I cant seem to find it now. Thanks

  4. November 20, 2013


    Excellent tip Paul!! I used to hate trying to get that top hand in finger tips. Felt awful. And when I’m too strongish the right I hit dreadful shots. Without sounding like an a– kisser I now only do what you say and have adopted every piece of your method. It’s perfect and the best anywhere. I am crushing the ball using only my lower body and loose wrists. I went from smashing the ball into the ground to puring the ball w accuracy. Thx forever.

    • Paul Wilson

      November 21, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you like it. Thanks.

      I have had many people over the years that finally stop watching and listening to other instruction. Working on a single method is the way to go. If this method is mine that’s even better! If you are searching around trying every tip, trick and method you will never get it.

      Glad you are with us.

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