As I've mentioned in other threads I'm giving up on this season which has been frustrating and injury riddled to work on a swing that is technically sound and is built on a good foundation. Over the last three years I've been told numerous things by golf instructors that have led to my confusion by the apparent contradiction of terms and thought maybe others share in my confusion and frustration so I am creating this thread.
I'll start it out with a few of my favorites;
- Don't grip the club too tightly but not so loose that it's possible to pull out of your hands. Along these same lines, I've heard grip pressure should be a 4 or 5 on a scale to 10. Grip the club like a tube of toothpaste and hold so that it's tight in your hands but not so tight that it would cause toothpaste to come out of the top. Maybe I'm slow when it comes to golf, but if I'm holding a full tube of toothpaste with pressure that doesn't cause any toothpaste to come out of the top, then you're going to be able to pull it out of my hands. There's also the famous grip the club it like you would a bird.
- Grip should be firm but arms and wrists should be loose. Again, if I'm gripping the club tight enough so you can't pull it out of my hands then I'm likely to have some tension in my hands, wrists and forearms.
- Arms and wrists should be loose - Hogan waggle. I get that, but I've also been told that under ideal swing conditions the club shaft should be perpendicular to the forearms. On a backswing how does one get the shaft perpendicular to the forearms and maintain that position through the downswing just prior to contact without tightening your forearm and hand muscles? Conversely they tell you to avoid letting your arms look like wet noodles.
I realize these are supposed to be learned feels but how does one learn the right feel? Am I the only one that isn't sure what exactly I should "feel"?