DGA January Topic

Good Grip- You hope to create a good golf swing and a TENDENCY for the clubface to return to impact consistently. It is well worth your time to create a comfortable grip, that allows you to swing freely, without worry of extreme curvature of your golf ball. It is simply not worth your time to try to accommodate a poor grip, as you will likely waste time and effort chasing daily swing feels that won’t provide any lasting results. It is not really a matter of “interlock or overlap,” but of adopting positions that make you swing the club well.


A good beginning question to ask yourself is: what task are you asking your hands to complete? Are your hands the motor of your swing, trying to create speed? Or are they burdened with cleaning up a bad position created in the backswing?

Certainly, creating force begins in the grip. Positioning and pressure in the grip directly impact the speed in the head and position of the clubface.

I teach my players that we are trying to maintain a position (square clubface) throughout the swing, rather than create a position slightly before impact. SQUARING AND CLOSING THE CLUBFACE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.

Maintaining a square clubface, that swings around the arc, lends to the tendency for impact I describe. That player has very consistent yardages with each club.

Closing the clubface implies that the clubface was opened earlier in the swing. This action is the root of many swing flaws and creates inconsistent yardages: short right, hole high or long left. If you have noticed this tendency in your shots then you probably have a open to closed release pattern.


Top level players would rather be “LATE & LATE” rather than “EARLY & EARLY.”  I am talking about the club head and how the hands react approaching impact. Top level players would rather hit the ball thin, or slightly high on the ball or low on the clubface. They would also rather push the ball to the right of the target. 

These misses show an attempt to trust and be patient with the fall of the clubhead. They are waiting for their swing to run its course.

On the other hand, early to the ball would create a fat shot, where the clubhead strikes the ground before it hits the ball. Early would also create a hooked ball curving hard to the left of the target. 

These misses speak to anxiety, with a lack of patience or trust for the swing.

These early tendencies normally come from a poor position adopted at address (mechanics) or by putting the club in a poor position in the backswing.


To our DGA Members:

I will be posting video this week (Jan. 4 – 9) regarding the things outlined above and other aspects related to our grip and how it affects our swing.

This will continue each week throughout the month.

Please ask any questions, as this only enhances the strength of our forum within the DGA.

Video is also welcome. I am also happy to accommodate requests for discussion topics

The DGA website password is: 1Golf2021 (Please do not give this password to non-members)

I am looking forward to building the content on the website and the overall strength of our group within the DGA.

All Good Wishes,



About Me

Michael Wolf, Certified Master Teaching Professional, has been playing golf for 46 years and teaching professionally for over 34 years. He has given over 30,000 golf lessons. Author of The Driven Golfer: Building Your Method For Scratch Golf. Harvey Penick Award Winner- 2016 (Top Instructor U.S./World Golf Teachers Federation)

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