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Date Posted: 21:20:18 07/18/00 Tue
Author: Peter
Subject: Re: Squeeze turnips...
In reply to: hp 's message, "Re: grip strength, again...." on 20:39:08 07/18/00 Tue

> Peter, I think this is relevant...when we talked
> about grip strength and concluded it was "holding
> power"...the average golfer has grip strength but it's
> the kind that squeezes the grip and actually inhibits
> a good whip/release...mainly because of the tight
> grip, the wrists get locked...need a non squeezing
> type grip that gets strength from it's form and not
> pressure (I think)

What I've described IS squeezing the grip. And squeezing it VERY hard! That was also the 'test' that Scott gave me. We are not talking relaxed but very tight.

However I agree with you that a tight grip inhibits the release of most amateurs. If you don't maintain the angle deep into the swing, you will note generate enough force to need a tight grip. In that case if you are tight, the release force is so small you can overpower it. If you sustain the angle to the point that the club is horizontal when your hands get to your right leg, you will not be able to overpower the release.

I also think that it may be possible to get a higher club head speed with a a less tight grip and more freedom in the wrists, but I think the swing will then be more timing dependent.

One thing I am certain of - if you sustain the angle and don't squeeze the grip hard you better have tapered grips!


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