Strong Grip Stops The Release

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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+

13 Responses to “Strong Grip Stops The Release”

  1. November 21, 2014


    What should our grip pressure be at impact. is it the same all through the swing?

  2. November 21, 2014


    Hi Paul;
    Considering it’s nearly impossible for a weekend warrior to hit a draw, could this be used to draw a driver, assuming it’s not overdone?

    • November 22, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      No, to hit a perfect draw you need 2 flaws. The strong grip alone would cause you to pull hook it if you turned your body in the downswing. To draw it with a strong grip you would need to slide as well. The slide would get the ball starting right while the strong grip would cause the face to be closed to the path which would create the draw. This is quite difficult to make consistent if you don’t practice all the time.

  3. November 21, 2014


    Hi Paul, not really related to this tip but do you think you could do a video on exactly where to position the ball in relation to the club face at address with the driver?
    I always have the ball placed more towards the club face toe at set up.
    My father inlaw has it right at the tip of the club face toe(hes a six handicap) and my brother in law addresses it pretty much centre and hes a scratcher.whos right? Does it actually matter at all? What do you do??
    Hope your well. James. UK

    • November 22, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I tee it off the toe too. This old George Knudson technique allowing for the arms to stretch out through impact. If they stretch out at impact the ball contact the middle of the face. This is certainly fine to do. I have tried teeing it in the middle and I just feel crowded.

      I will put this on my list.

  4. November 22, 2014


    Great cheers paul.

  5. November 24, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    most valuable advice, once more. Took me some time to get used to the neutral grip. As far as feeling is concerned, I always find the neutral grip slightly uncomfortable (or maybe, I should say it feels a little awkward to me, every time I check it) but the more I try to stick to it, the more I realize that a good shot cannot occur without it. As you mention about other elements of the swing, comfort is what we tend to look for, but it doesn’t promote a good golf.

    • November 25, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      It certainly is uncomfortable but if you know why you need to do it you should stick with it.

      Glad you see it and are fighting through it. It will pay off.

  6. Bradley

    November 25, 2014


    Paul, great tip and advice. I have een practicing the neutral or loose grip hold since I found the Ignition Golf site and my striking has been improving ever since too. The feeling I equate it to is gripping enough to allow the wrists to loosely unhinge but not over controlling the club, essentially your theory about feeling the club as heavy in your hands during the swing. I practice this over and over and it really works.

    • November 26, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. Although it takes work there is reason you don’t want a faulty grip. I’m glad you see it and are working on it. I also really like that you are trying to make the club feel heavy. This is the correct feeling. If it feels light you’re too tight.

  7. Paul,

    I just joined your site tonight after watching some youtube videos. I’ve tried so many other instructors that just seemed to complicate things for me. I haven’t tried anything yet on the range but I grabbed a club and noticed my grip was in a major strong position and have actually known about this for a long time but didn’t think much of it until now. I’m glad you explained why I HAVE to go to a neutral grip, rather than just saying a strong position grip is wrong. It’s going to be uncomfortable for sure at first but I will def. stick with it. I’ve really learned a lot from the videos I’ve watched so far. Anyways, my question is, do you grip the driver the same way?

    • April 26, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you so much for joining. I definitely want you to understand it. If you do, you will want to do it. This is the problem I ran in to many years ago. It was never explained to me exactly how it works.

      The grip is vital. Too strong and you will not release it. If you did you would hook it. Think of your wrists as a hinge. The hands are in a neutral position so they can allow the wrists to hinge and re-hinge. That is all they are doing. The looser the hinge the faster the club whips.

      Yes, please grip all the clubs the same way. You would only change it with punch shots, chipping and putting. Even with punch shots and chipping though it is the same grip but turned to one side. When neutralizing your grip you may hit some slices and pushes at first. After about 30 balls it settles in and you start to get used to it. Then they straighten back out. Just keep doing it and in no time it will feel comfortable.

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