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I've always had bit of a stronger grip compared to some pros, but upon further investigation of the grip and other pros like David Duval and Paul Azinger, I've realized that it really doesn't matter that much. Mine looks like nothing compared to Duval's! Anyone out there consider themselves as strong grip players?
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If I had to recommend one grip for everyone (I don't - we see functional good grips that fit the player from super weak to super strong, even cross-handed), it'd be a slightly strong grip.

I typically have a slightly strong grip.

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I've always played with a strong grip. From very strong to fairly strong depending on what the ball was doing.

After working all winter to change some things about my swing it seems (for now anyway) that for the first time a neutral grip is working the best.

(With a limited sample on the course so far).

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For me, a neutral grip just feels awkward. The strong grip feels natural to me and I like it.
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Neutral to weak, my instructor suggested that I try to strengthen it some but neutral just feels. . . neutral and no side overrides the other is all.

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Erik can probably answer this fairly well, so do you notice players as they improve start sliding towards a more neutral to weak grip?

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Erik can probably answer this fairly well, so do you notice players as they improve start sliding towards a more neutral to weak grip?

No. Lots of good players have strong grips. Major champions. Etc.

When you stand with your arms relaxed and at your sides, some people's hands naturally rest with their palms facing inward, some with the back of their hands facing a little more forward with their palms facing behind them a bit… etc.

That's one thing. Then what they do in the golf swing is another factor.

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I use to play with a Strong grip, but as of lately, i.e. 2 weeks ago or so, I either pull, or hit a bigger draw then I like. I now use a pretty neutral grip, and I'm hitting much straighter, heck I even hit some fades, which I never did before. Also, I find a more neutral grip allows me to relax my left arm a tad better.

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No. Lots of good players have strong grips. Major champions. Etc. When you stand with your arms relaxed and at your sides, some people's hands naturally rest with their palms facing inward, some with the back of their hands facing a little more forward with their palms facing behind them a bit… etc. That's one thing. Then what they do in the golf swing is another factor.

Well I guess this is a perfect example if how all golfers' grips differ. I actually hit a beautiful fade that I love with the strong grip!

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If I had to recommend one grip for everyone (I don't - we see functional good grips that fit the player from super weak to super strong, even cross-handed), it'd be a slightly strong grip.

I typically have a slightly strong grip.

Gee what do ya know, I agree :beer:

Most golfers have a swing direction that is too INward so a slightly stronger grip can help.

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If I try to have a strong "3 knuckle" grip and I try to have the club vertical at address I find my left arm feels extremely strained along the upper forearm muscle and tricep (a couple of swings and they actually start to hurt). If I allow some forward shaft lean at address or I let my left shoulder sit much higher the strain is lessened and doesn't hurt at all but I find my swing gets a little too steep if I start off with shaft lean.

I have short arms and broad shoulders so I'm not sure if that's a physical limitation or just a lack of ingraining the feeling. Any ideas?

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Started w/very weak, then very strong. Steadily weakening grip, first RH then LH as I go now.
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Weak and strong can mean different for different people I prefer using the term "hold" rather than grip because I like to feel my left arm internally rotate than hold the club for strong left hand. If I simply cup my left wrist and grip the club with my left arm neutral (no internal rotation of my left arm /just hang natural) I might look I have a strong left hand and that maybe so but it's just the grip not the hold and will give me drasticly different results
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David Duval's incredibly strong grip

I did exactly that for a long time. After swinging a baseball bat and 20 lb. sledge hammers for so many years palm up/palm down at impact was the only thing that felt natural.

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I did exactly that for a long time. After swinging a baseball bat and 20 lb. sledge hammers for so many years palm up/palm down at impact was the only thing that felt natural.

His grip makes mine look weak. If David and tons of other tour pros use a strong grip, we can too.

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