Say Yes – Arm and Grip Pressure

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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+

17 Responses to “Say Yes – Arm and Grip Pressure”

  1. March 28, 2017


    Greetings Coach: When you are playing how much time goes by between when you first start to address,finding a spot in front of the ball,to when you start the downswing? I am about 15 seconds,i don’t feel like am rushing anything but I want play at a good pace.I know it’s a crazy question. Thanks

    • The top golf teacher MIKE BENDER has the answer to your question in his book “GOLF’S 8 SECOND SECRET “.15 seconds is too long a time .Most modern players play fast (See JON RAHM at the recent WGC Match play at AUSTIN ;he plays pretty fast !)

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      March 29, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      That sounds about right. I would have to have someone time me.

  2. Excellent advice ,Paul .I would add your entire body should be totally relaxed (2/10)
    To get there ,I do what I did 65 years before as a 100 meters dash swimmer I wiggle and sqirm arms ,legs ,body ,neck ,head before satring at address

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      March 29, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Well, your legs would be ready to go so I don’t know how relaxed they would be but certainly the shoulders. This series is getting people to take baby steps and actually do something right before they hit each shot.

  3. March 29, 2017


    for myself,the problem is not my initial golf and arm pressures at initial address,but rather my arm pressure once my backswing has reached the 1/2 way back point.It seems that my hand/finger pressure has zoomed to between 9-10. Is this correct,or should the hand pressure be kept as light as 5-6????

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      March 29, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      Your grip pressure would be 8 out of 10 by the time you hit the top but your wrists are loose.


      Secure Grip Loose Wrists:

      You need to see this as a gradual increase in pressure. If you started at 2 out of 10 by halfway it might be 3-4 out of 10. By 3/4 back it would be 5-6 out of 10. So feel and think about this as you take it back. This tight locked up feeling is going to keep you locked up throughout your swing. At what point do you ever change it? So start doing something different and get used to the new feelings. It is a fine line keeping the grip secure and have loose wrists but in no time you can get it.

    • August 2, 2021


      Very good advice, I am 6 or 7 out of 10 for both. Need to relax.

  4. March 29, 2017


    I think this tip is incredibly important. Yesterday I was practicing and was hitting the ball fairly well. Occasionally I pushed it slightly or came over the top causing a small pull. I thought my arms were completely turned off and I was rotating properly, because I was hitting my 7-iron about 150-160 yards with the roll. That’s good distance for me. As the session wore on, however, I realized that I was tensing my arms at address, almost locking them. When I consciously relaxed them and kept them tensionless in the backswing, my shots went straighter with more power. I’m not a long driver of the ball, but I was pumping them out over 250 yds. The arms have to be turned off at address, or they probably won’t fully be in the downswing.

  5. Hi Paul, Your methods are doing wonders for my game, but I am confused about the change in grip pressure. You say 2/10 address then 8/10 at the top. Does that mean it remains at 8/10 through the downswing and follow through? That seems a little tight to me. I’ve also been using the “tee in left palm drill”.
    Thanks for your help, Mark

  6. January 23, 2020


    though a big advocate of your teaching, I recommend one add’l tip…for a right handed golfer, I find having slightly more pressure on the left three fingers of the left hand critical, as it allows me to takeaway the club in one piece and hinge on plane as you teach…

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      February 24, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      I have heard of this before, but I really want my students thinking equal pressure in their hands and not have to overthink things. If this is helping you then by all means go for it. But I am alwyas trying to make things simpler and this could make golfers grip tighter than they already are. Most people have a death grip on the golf club.

  7. January 24, 2020



    On the grip pressure, I know that by the top of the swing I should have a good 9/10 pressure established (I do the hold the tee drill a lot cause I tend to regrip at the top), but I find if I start at 2/10 at setup I’m reengaging my arms during the swing…if I start with a little higher pressure at setup, I don’t seem to do it as much.

    So the question is, can I up the pressure a little at setup or by doing so am I leaving some power off the table cause I’ll be engaging my arms because of my setup? Willing to do it with lighter at setup if that is truly what it takes or there is additional benefits that I am otherwise sacrificing because I am gripping a bit tighter at setup. Thanks.


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      February 24, 2020

      Paul Wilson

      Im fine with you starting slightly tighter, but don’t get to the point where you start with a death grip on the golf club. I would imagine that you are starting with a grip that might be too loose on the golf club, I do see this from time to time.

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    September 9, 2021



    I use the last three fingers of the left hand and the middle and ring fingers of the right hand to secure the club. The thumb and the index fingers of the both hands are barely touch the club. I realized that if I put a little of pressure on thumb and index fingers of the both hands, then my wrists of both hands will be tight. But I can put more pressure on the rest of fingers, my wrists are not tight at all. I only use the right amount the grip pressure during my swing. I do not feel that I need to have 8/10 pressure at the top of the swing.

    So I am really confused about you mentioned 2/10 and 8/10 grip pressure when you swing. How is this applied to the way I grip the club?


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      September 24, 2021

      Paul Wilson

      2/10 is the amount of pressure you want in your hands gripping the golf club, 8/10 is what the grip pressure will go up to naturally at the top of the backswing.

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