Pros Advice

Weak, neutral or strong?

Iain Buchan

19 September 2022

Neutral grip

A golf swing is a complex operation with countless moving parts and key cogs working together to keep the mechanism working smoothly. For that reason, we golfers have a tendency to stick to what we know as much as we can.

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated...

Arnold Palmer

Keep hitting those Scary Slices? The Horrible Hooks? We still don’t want to change! But, when we do, it’s always the swing: shallow it out, shorten it, slow it down… it must be the swing. Must it, though?

Let’s rewind the clocks to the first time you picked up a golf club and started swinging it. You would’ve settled on a grip that worked for you. But what if it's causing you problems and costing you shots further down the line?

Strong grip

Between a weak, strong and neutral grip (as shown in the images), you’ll find that the way you hold your golf club – probably the same way you’ve done so since you started – has a huge impact on your shot shape, ball flight and, crucially, where the ball ends up.

A strong grip is when both hands are too far over to the right, which encourages right-to-left ball flight. On the other hand, a weak grip is when your hands are over to the left, with no knuckles showing on your left hand. This lends itself to a left-to-right ball flight as it's easy to leave the clubface open. Of course, that leaves a pretty straight flight for the neutral grip. Changing your grip will feel completely alien at first, but you might be surprised just how quickly you get used to it. Besides, it’s easier than a whole new swing!

Weak grip

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