Grip pressure, or how tightly you hold the handle of the golf club, dictates how far you can hit the ball and how consistently you can hit the ball solidly. If you hold the club too tightly you will lose distance and control. Distance is a product of strength and flexibility. Of the two flexibility is more important. We’ve all seen the young women and men professionals hit the ball a mile. Many of these professionals are not big and strong, but they are all flexible. Flexibility starts by having soft grip pressure.
Soft grip pressure will also affect consistency. If you hold the club softly and let it swing it will return to the same place. You can test this by swinging the club in the backyard and brushing the grass. When you hold the club softly it will brush the grass in the same place, as soon as you tighten up the club will vary a great deal in where it hits the grass.
Try this simple experiment. Hold the handle of club as tight as you can-we’ll call that amount of a pressure a 10 on the 1 to 10 scale. Now hold the club so softly that it will fall out of your hands-we’ll call that a 1 on the 1 to 10 scale. Now analyze how tightly you normally hold the club...hopefully it’s not a 10 but in many cases it’s a 7,8,or 9...much too tight.
Grip pressure should be in the 3-4 range. You should still have control...but should hold handle softly enough to feel the head of the club. Swinging the golf club should be light work, the club weighs 13 ounces and the ball weighs an ounce and a half...we’re not moving a piano!
Try softening your grip pressure for long and more solid shots!