Feelings – 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 “Feelings – Grip”

  1. September 1, 2014


    Did it take you awhile to learn how to grip the club firmly but with a grip pressure of 2 out of 10?

    I need to learn to set up to the ball the same way every time, same ritual, same feelings, same grip (of course), etc. — but, of course, the setup is a little different due to uphill/downhill lies, etc. Correct?

    Thanks for your thoughts! Chuck Thompson

  2. September 1, 2014

    Steven D

    The little move you make as you start to take the club back is so essential to keeping the wrists flexible. It’s almost as though you move the grip a fraction of an inch before the entire club. Keeping a firm grip, i. e. not allowing the club to flop around in one’s hands, and relaxed, flexible wrists, is one of the keys to effortless power. Really important tip, Paul. Thank you.

    • September 1, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you see it’s importance.

      I did a drill showing this here:

      DRILL: Takeaway Butt First: https://ignitiongolf.com/one-piece-takeaway-drill/

      • September 2, 2014

        Steven D

        Paul: I commented back in January 2013 on the one-piece takeaway drill tip and tried the one-inch movement of the grip in the start of the takeaway and it’s one of the best things I ever did for my golf swing. If I forget to do it, I invariably hit the ball better when I remind myself. For me, it seems to be the key to keeping my wrists loose.

        • September 2, 2014

          Paul Wilson


          That great that you figured this first move out. It is huge. So many people want to just yank it back. If you took it back with the shoulders it would take a little time to set the club in motion. You should see the pics of Byron Nelson as he took it back. This move was very noticeable in the pictures.

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    September 1, 2014


    If you are left handed golfer hitting right handed it is different. I find that by starting with a 5 out of 10 right handed pressure I get much better results overhall. I appreciate your tip as I have never had such a tip before.


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    September 1, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    I joined up and have been watching your videos (over and over) all Spring and Summer. I’m 59 and finally took up golf now that the kids are grown and on their own. I bought a golf net and have been to the driving range practicing and practicing your lessons. But I’ve been far from consistent on the driving range. Today was the first day that I consistently hit the ball well with effortless arms and all hip action. Your video lessons are amazing and if I can work things out would love to take your classroom lessons out at Bears Best. Thanks for all your help!

    Best wishes,

    • September 2, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      You are not consistent because you keep hitting golf balls. That is great that you got a net but you need to change the way you are using it. Right now there is always a ball in front of you so you will want to hit the ball. What you should be doing is doing more practice swings working on the swing positions then hit a few balls trying to replicate what you are doing in the practice swings. Building a great swing is about the movement not about the ball. Develop a great movement and you will hit great shots.

      Watch These:

      Work On The Movement: https://ignitiongolf.com/work-on-the-movement/
      How To Practice At The Range: https://ignitiongolf.com/hit-golf-balls-range/
      What To Expect Practicing: https://ignitiongolf.com/expect-practicing/
      How Long To Make Swing Changes?: https://ignitiongolf.com/make-swing-changes/

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        September 3, 2014


        Thanks for the advice Paul. Actually today I was at the range and started doing the practice swings between hits and taking my time it took 2 hours to go through a large bucket of balls. I also spent a lot of time on setup after watching all your videos on this subject. I will watch the other videos you recommended. I’m making progress and have you to thank for all of it.

  5. September 2, 2014


    I’m left handed and golf right handed. I never picked up on the fact I set up with my left hand on the club first (vs. the right as you suggest for a right handed golfer). That’s going to take some getting used too for me 😉 Great tip Paul.

    • September 2, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, this is a big change but it is huge in developing a great set up. Keep at it and in a few practice sessions you will do it all the time.

  6. September 2, 2014


    Hey Paul, looking forward to this series of tips.

    This tip is very timely for me. To help keep the feeling of powerless arms, I would stand behind the ball facing the target and with my left hand gently gripping the club and let it hang from my shoulder. Letting the club dangle, I would then make it move by gently moving my left shoulder back and forth. I then address the ball and place my right hand on. This reminded me to keep the feeling of powerless arms as I rotated my shoulders in the backswing, however, I was hitting hooks and pushes from time to time. I now see that by addressing the golf with my left hand in place, I am probably closed to the target.
    So I will go back and review how I address the ball using one of your two options. Thanks Paul!

    • September 2, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, you may have been doing this. The next time you watch golf on TV just see how many pros set up with the left hand. None. If they don’t do it you should not be doing it. Glad you caught this because so many people think they are doing things right when really there is a flaw. Keep at it and in no time you will get used to this change.

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