Power – How The Grip Affects Power

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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 “Power – How The Grip Affects Power”

  1. August 29, 2012


    Hi Paul,
    Very timely tip and raises a question. The V’s are important and I think that I may not be paying close enough attention to my right hand V. Would it be possible to set the left hand correctly and still put the right hand V too far left? And could this lead to turning the hand as I take the club back, as you stated in the tip? This has always been a problem for me and I think I need to watch the V’s a little closer.
    Thanks, Mike

    • August 29, 2012

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, you can still put the hand on with the right hand too far left but if you are trying to nestle your left thumb into the pad of the right hand there will be a gap in the palm. The left thumb is in this position so the right hand perfectly fits with the left hand. Make sure you are checking for perfect left hand placement and perfect alignment of the V’s and you should be fine.

  2. August 29, 2012


    Great Tip – My grip no problem one area of my golf which is good as I’ve been taught properly, so I thought. Exactly as you decribed it previously a strong grip and been moved right over to a weak grip to stop the slicing (no mention of arms at the time). I guess now semi weak, but the law from this Pro was both thumbs on top and straight down. Me thinks I’d best go grab a club quick!

  3. August 29, 2012


    Paul, in the video for chipping, you instruct that 3 knuckles of the left hand be visible, ( club against the left pants pocket), before you reach over and grip with the right hand. Does this mean a strong left hand grip is advisable for chipping? Chipping is one of my major weaknesses so I don’t want to misunderstand the instruction.

    Thanks, Ron

    • August 29, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Ron, yes you want a very strong grip position with chipping. This guarantees the descending blow. The normal grip does not. This works incredibly well. Working on this for about 2 weeks will save you 3-5 shots per round.

  4. March 23, 2013


    Hi Paul,
    Please could you do a video on fingers on the grip.
    The role of the right index “trigger” finger! and thumb.

  5. Hi Paul,
    Please at some stage, could you do a video showing shots with a strong verses neutral grip and the pros and cons of both grips.
    I have changed from a very strong(4 knuckles) grip to neutral grip.
    Finding it difficult BUT i am sticking with it because i know that a neutral grip is the best grip.
    Am I correct in saying I was using a very strong grip because I had a poor swing or a flaw in my swing?

    • Paul,

      I put this tip on my list and will get to it shortly.

      The strong grip gives you 1 flaw. This takes the ball offline. You then need another flaw to get the ball back online. So you have 2 flaws not one. When you neutralize your grip you will be seeing the ball go right. This is because the grip is now neutral but the other flaw will still be showing up. What you need to do is understand why you are doing this grip (so one hand is not dominating over the other, keep the wrists looser, minimizes spin) then keep doing it until you get used to it.

      If you want to get used to it fast you do the roll over drill in these videos:

      Manually Square the Clubface: https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-clubface

      Manually Square the Clubface (Follow Up): https://ignitiongolf.com/impact-squaring-face-follow-up

      This will allow you to release the club sooner than you currently are. Once you can do this you then stop thinking about it and focus on using the body rotation to hit your shots.

      Keep at it and it will pay off.

  6. Paul,

    You are totally correct I hit most of my shots slightly right with my new neutral grip but I will stick with it
    it feels very weak but I can feel already it is a more reliable shot
    I use to roll my wrists over but dont know what has happened over the years my grip got stronger and stronger
    thanks Paul

    • Paul,

      Just roll for a while to loosen the wrists back up. Once you do you will never want to stop doing the neutral grip.

  7. I also noticed Paul, that my swing was too fast and obviously you can swing your arms faster than your body.
    I think my body was spinning out of my shots resulting in slices and even near shanks BUT when i slowed down my swing and thought about my body my shots straightened out!

    • Paul,

      Perfect. I hate a fast swing. This activates your arms. Stay slow and smooth going back and keep the arms powerless. You are getting it. Keep at it.

  8. Thanks a million Paul, you have changed my swing for the better!
    Everyone has noticed my near full shoulder turn and effortless swing.
    I just need to trust my neutral grip and let my body square the face of the club.
    I always have quite a good short game and putting never really worries me.
    What I noticed Paul was I practice my short game everyday Mainly wedges from about 30 to 90 yards. Is it possible Paul that because I do this my muscle memory made me only take a short swing with longer clubs until now?
    Regards and many thanks again

    • Paul,

      Glad you are improving and glad people are noticing (maybe they will join too).

      I don’t really see practicing your shots game that much affecting your full swing. Just be aware of it and feel the shoulder rotation determining how far you go back.

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