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How far down the grip is "normal" hand position?

post #1 of 10
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When I choke down on the grip - let's say a full inch between the rear pad of my top hand and the end cap - I hit the ball more flush and straight. This does cause me to stand a hair closer to ball with a more upright swing. When I get out on the end of the grip, I seem to hit pulls more often than not.

 

I realize this is subjective but how far is the back edge of your upper hand "suppose to be" from the end cap? Thanks.

post #2 of 10

It's really all preference. That extra centimeter between your hand and the end of the grip wont make that much of a difference, and if it helps you strike the ball better, the by all means choke down the extra inch. I too like to choke down a tad on my driver(Like 1 centimeter). It helps me keep better control.

post #3 of 10
I see a lot of pros and good players grip down about an inch or more for normal shots, although my pro said golf clubs were designed to be gripped half to one full inch.

I grip down till the club feels balanced.

Whike it defies all logic, I believe shorter is flatter.
post #4 of 10

i think what ever feels good for you is fine.

I only grip down if i want to take some distance of it.

post #5 of 10
So when you grip down about how much shorter does the ball go? I've always wondered if you are between clubs if choking down on the club is the easiest way to get that distance.
post #6 of 10

Length of the club doesn't have much difference on distance. Its not as pronounced as you think. It does shorten the arc so there is some swing speed change. 

 

Half an inch is the usual spacing between clubs normally. But i think usually 1" is about 5-6 yards, i would guess. I never found it to a huge difference. Its probably more for longer irons, and fairway woods, than it is for shorter irons.

post #7 of 10
Ok thanks there has been times I'd like to drop 5 yards on a club.
post #8 of 10

I tend to just hit cuts or draws for loss of distances. The longest shots are always pulls or pushes because they go in a straight line. Meaning all there ball speed is going in one direction. If you curve it, you can take yardage off. Mostly i like hitting cuts half distances. Maybe grip down a bit, and hit a fade.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by saevel25 View Post

... Half an inch is the usual spacing between clubs normally. But i think usually 1" is about 5-6 yards, i would guess. ...

1/2" shaft length difference between numbered irons is usual standard. Difference often drops to 1/4" or less when you get into wedges. You need to account for "wedge shift" when you plan your wedge mix.

 

Old rule for rough planning for distance differences between clubs:

1/2" longer shaft + 4* stronger loft = about +10 yards difference.

 

The actual difference can be greater for people with high clubhead speed, and less for people with low clubhead speed.

 

For woods, you just have to check. Some models have just 2* loft difference between 5W and 7W, and sometimes the shafts are the same length.

post #10 of 10

grip down for me is about 10 yards shorter result. i grip down about 1,5 " for that

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