Cause and Effect – Grip

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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+

16 Responses to “Cause and Effect – Grip”

  1. September 3, 2014


    Greetings Coach Just a couple of comments today / One of the G.M.s that i call on lived in Vegas and knew Bears Best well said it was a beautiful course but tough / Second /i played 9 holes this pm and i was so pleased with my play/good ball striking / one of my favorite swing thoughts so far is light pressure in the grip / i like to feel the light pressure especially in my right hand at top of back swing with it i can feel the hinge and unhinge ? ok all went well until the 7th hole a par 5 with a over the pond third shot /Here i had a complete meltdown topped drive / second shot not much better / third shot/9 iron to the green first ball in the water / 7 second drill / next shot in the water / ok that wont happen again /4th ball in the water / looked like the scene from movie “Tin Cup” / my 5th shot did not go in the cup / thankfully i drove the cart to the next hole shouting at the hole “Ok this time you won” I know what you will say but i was possessed with demons Thanks / im still learning

    • September 3, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I find our course a great test and a lot of fun.

      Light pressure grip is a good thought because if you start off too tight how are you going to loosen up as you take it back?


      Are You Behind the 8 Ball?:

      The right hand can definitely dominate the backswing so keeping it relaxed is huge. Once relaxed it can hinge fully.

      All you were doing on the par 5 was swinging too hard and anxious about getting it over the water. Just trust it and swing easy. You will get it over without a problem.

      Sounds like you are close. A word of advice … Only think of the water if you are in it otherwise it does not exist.

  2. September 3, 2014


    One more thing for years i have been using a training club with hand positions molded into the handle so i feel ok with my grip

    • September 3, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      These training grips are pretty good. I have one on my Momentus Swing Trainer that fits perfectly.

  3. September 3, 2014


    Paul ,Fine and luminous lesson .I saw a video from JOHNNY MILLER where I said Golf Pro’s today favored stronger grips than at his Time ( JOHNNY MILLER was notorious for his ” weak ” grip )Looking at THE various OPEN’ s and MAJORS ,I don’ t see That many strong grips out there .Is there a reason why a Pro should have a ” strong ” grip ?
    Also ,I read comments by BOBBY CLAMPETT saying the middle joint of the right forefinget was essential to ” feel ” THE proper loading of THE clubshaft at THE top of THE backswing .I don’t myself have a distinctive ” feeling ” in the right forefinger in this top of backswing position .
    Any comments on this issue ?
    What I fin d most important is to have very loose wrists and fingers on THE handle .It enables to ” ZIP ” THE Clubhead through and keep all THE body supple and loose during THE entire swing .

    • September 3, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I saw that too and commented below it. NEVER EVER listen to Johnny Miller. The stuff that comes out of his mouth must have destroyed countless golf swings.

      I don’t see strong grip either. The other day he said something about the right foot leaning over and it is the new thing. Mindboggling what comes out of this mouth.

      Loose wrists. Stick with it.

  4. September 3, 2014


    Where is the thumb of the left hand (right handed person) in a neutral grip, 12 or 1 o’clock?



  5. September 4, 2014


    Paul,What’s your opinion on THE ” oversize” putter grips we see florushing on THE Tour ?

    • September 4, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Just ask yourself what did Crenshaw, Locke, Jones, Faxon, Nicklaus, Tiger use? I don’t think any of them had a wide grip. I think you lose feel with a grip like this although may people do like them.

      I don’t really like a grip that wide. I use a normal grip with some tennis wrap around it.

  6. September 4, 2014


    I have a slightly strong grip ie 3 knuckles what are your views on this?

    • September 4, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You are asking me this because you have tried the 2 knuckle grip and don’t like it. So you are hoping I will say it okay to do this grip.

      If you watched the tip you will know that a 3 knuckle grp is a strong grip. If you have a strong grip you will not properly release it. You will hold on to it so it does not release. This will lead to a loss of power and inconsistencies in your ball striking. I say this because if you have a strong grip and you properly release it you will hook it off the planet. Stick to the 2 knuckle neutral position. It take effort but it is worth it.

  7. September 16, 2014


    This Spring my putting grip (left index finger on top of right small finger) worked it’s way into my chipping and pitching.
    I liked the way it felt and it has now worked it’s way into my full swing.
    I like the way it feels, am I setting myself up for problems later?

    • September 16, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      With this grip you are taking one finger of your weaker hand off the club. Why would you want to do this? If so, your right hand may dominate your swing. I would do it for chipping and pitching because they are both a stroke. Do the normal overlapping grip when pitching or the full swing. I don’t know if any tour player who has won a tournament with this type of grip. If they don’t do it, you don’t do it.

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    November 2, 2014


    Hi Paul ,

    On th grip I am sorry to say that my hands migrate naturally to the interlock. I don’t seem to have success unless the index and pinky are interlocked. I am a lefty and.
    strive to listen and do what you say, however on the grip it’s not working for me. Is the interlock a very bad thing to do?


    • November 4, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I am fine with the inter-lock. I just prefer and overlap. So keep doing the interlock. One of the problems with this interlocking grip is the person sacrifices the positioning looking down at it for comfort of hooking their fingers together. So make sure that you see 2 knuckles and the V of the right and between the shoulder and ear when you look down at it. Then find the place your fingers interlock.

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