Grip Affects The Clubface

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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+

11 Responses to “Grip Affects The Clubface”

  1. September 18, 2018


    Paul, does the grip change for chipping and punch shots where you do recommend putting the club in front of the back foot and the club leaning left where the butt is over the left foot? doesn’t this close the club face with neutral grip?

  2. September 19, 2018


    I needed this tip. I keep forgetting about the shaft lining up left of the belt buckle. It seems that my natural go to position is with the shaft to the right of the belt buckle. It makes a difference especially with the driver. By the way I’m less than 2 weeks into practicing positions in front of a mirror and not hitting balls at the range. I played in a foursome Sunday from a tee box one back from where I should be and scored six strokes lower than I have been. Let’s here it for Paul!

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      September 19, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you remembered this hand position. It’s important.

      Glad you did well in your round. I don’t just make this stuff up. You will be a star if you do it the way I suggest.

  3. September 19, 2018

    Steve Weber

    Paul, I can testify that what you say is true, strong grip, loose wrists = hook. I’ve been fighting the left hand so this tip was perfect timing for me as I have been looking for a way to check that before I swing. Thank you! Here is my question: If the butt of the club is just left of belt buckle for 7 iron, where should it be or what is the check for three wood and driver? I want to incorporate this in to my pre-shot routine as I have learned the hard way how important the neutral grip is!

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      September 19, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Drivers nowadays have your hands behind the ball because they want you to swing up at it. So do your setup with the ball off the instep. Let the driver sole itself then see where the grip is pointing. Then carefully place your hands on the club. Then get used to this position. Tricky and different feeling if you haven’t done it before. I guess I need to do a tip on this. I will add it to the list.

  4. September 25, 2018



    If you check your grip by lifting the club up, shouldn’t your hands be forward to mimic the club head position at impact, instead of being at your belt buckle?

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      September 25, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      The hands ahead (forward shaft lean) come from the body tilt. The widest point is not until about 2 feet after impact with irons and 3 feet after with Driver. So this is the position you want the face to be square to your body. At impact, the club is open to your body.

      So you had a faulty grip you would be either too open or closed at impact and you would not get to the square position as the club fully releases.

      You need to watch this tip:

      How to Release the Golf Club:

  5. September 27, 2018


    Paul I am a member of ignition golf. I understand the dashboard and saving daily tips, but how do I save this tip. I don’t see anything for favorites.

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      September 29, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      Just above the tip it says save to favorites. Save it then scroll down the page. It will be there.

      I am changing it next week so I would hold off for now.

  6. March 19, 2023


    Hi Paul, I was at the range a few days ago where a group of kids were having a lesson. A small lad, no older than 5, was swinging a driver obviously too heavy for him. So he swung the club round like a weight on the end of a string, easily hitting the ball well over 100 yards with a big grin on his face, while the older kids were topping away. Occasionally he’d miss the ball and the momentum would spin him around. This was an eye-opener for me. So perhaps you could do a tip and get some small kids to demonstrate how to “stay loose”.

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