What To Expect Series – 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+

18 Responses to “What To Expect Series – Grip”

  1. Paul,

    Another good video about the basics. I do have another question/comment about your hip turn. I watched your video very closely and it looks to me that your hip turn is really two moves. The first is to turn your left hip back to neutral as you pivot around your right hip. The right hip simply rotates during this phase and does not move from its original position. Also, your right foot is firmly on the ground during this part. This part only takes a split second. Then the second part starts as you rotate around the left hip, you push with your right toe and you finish the swing.

    This creates a powerful hip turn that drives the swing.

    I on the other hand are pushing from my right toe from the start. This creates a pivot on the left hip from the start of the downswing. This is a weak move that does not create lag. As soon at I do the two part pivot the contact and power improve dramatically.

    You probably see this as one move but there is a subtle difference.


  2. Paul ,You have to check the correct grip nearly at every shot :it is easy to have it move slightly or slip .
    You don’t mention if you are an adept of the “SHORT THUMB “or the LONG THUMB “and why.
    I switched to the “LONG THUMB ” because it enables me to have the base of the fingers on the handle ,for more feel,and also because you have the thumb below the handle at the top.
    You teach the opposite as far as I remember.

  3. Hi Paul, do you have any preference on the type or size of the grip on the club? Is it just a matter of the size of your hands that determine the grip size – some standard that every club fitter would know? Or, to facilitate your swing mechanics, would it be better to have smaller or larger grip than normal? Also, would it make a difference if the grip is more or less tacky? Thanks!


    • Mike,

      I don’t like spongey grips. The grip can twist. If the face is only off a few degrees as I showed in this weeks tip you make lose consistency although they do feel nice. If you have large hand you would use mid-size grips. Every clubfitter would be able to check your grip size.

      I like original tour wraps. They last forever and are very tacky but I don’t wear a glove. This is just personal preference. Find the ones you like and stay away from spongey grips.

  4. November 30, 2015


    Hi Paul,
    Is it normal for your grip pressure to increase at the top of your backswing.

  5. September 16, 2017


    I am using a completely unique grip my left or my lead hand is neutral my right hand is on the strong side is this good or bad?.The reason i awitched was having both neutral i found myself slicing overly so.

  6. October 28, 2017


    There is a video where you place a tee on the club and make sure it doesn’t drop out. I find this impossible. You promote loose hands but to keep the tee in I have to grip quite hard. Am I doing something wrong, thanks

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      October 29, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      In no way do I promote loose hands. I promote a secure grip with loose wrists. This is totally different.

      Secure Grip Loose Wrists: https://ignitiongolf.com/secure-grip-loose-wrists/

      Yes, you will have to hold on when you first do it. You will hit bad shots for about 15 – 30 mins. but as you keep doing it your wrists will loosen up allowing you to hold on securely with loose wrists.

      Here is my grip pressure: Grip Pressure: https://ignitiongolf.com/grip-pressure-swing/
      What Is the Correct Grip Pressure Throughout the Swing?: https://ignitiongolf.com/correct-grip-pressure-swing/

      You really need to keep working on this because it is vital in a great golf swing. Just tee your ball up as you do it. I work with students all of the time on this. At first then are not great at it. If they keep doing it, they get it in a few mins. Others throw the tee away and never get it. I did for every ball, every day for 1 month. After a few balls I got it so I just left it in. Why not? Since then I have never let go of the club.

  7. January 10, 2018



    Just checking on the position of the club head when lined up with the ball on taking your neutral grip. I assume that the club head is flat on the ground during the set up. You do not have the club head raised slightly at the toe while the heel is firmly on the ground. When addressing the ball, the club head of any club is level with the ground at address and you position yourself to ensure that this is the case. Please confirm.

  8. Hi Paul, My grip feels erratic–should my club grip be under my left thumb pad, or under the pad of the edge of my left hand (between heel pad and base of little finger)? When I put it in the latter edgepad location, on the backswing it tends to slip so the club grip is between the thumb pad and heel pad. Btw, tension is a problem in my grip…too much too often. Thanks. Jon

    • Johnathan,

      You do not have to look at the palm of the left hand. You need to close the gap between the thumb and side of the hand. Bring the hand on until the thumb is off center allowing you to see 2 knuckles. Doing it this way should have it running across the palm under the heel pad without trying to think about how much pad you need.

      Grip – Top Hand Placement: https://ignitiongolf.com/grip-top-hand-placement/

      The grip should not be slipping. Also, at first you may feel tension in it when you are learning it because you are trying to put it into perfect position. Once you get it you should be able to do it and keep it at 2 out of 10 when you are at set up.

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