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So, this past week I put Secret Grips on all my clubs (I'm one of those all the way or nothing guys).   I chose to use these grips because I read they will help provide more consistency.  I don't have a horrible swing but could use some better consistency and help improve dispersion.

 

Anyway, I've played 3 rounds with them on and have absolutely stunk it up.  Mishits, pulls, slices, etc.  I was not confident where my ball was going.

 

Can a weighted grip have this much impact on shot consistency or is this one of those things where I need to take some time getting used to the additional weight?

 

Thanks,

 

Robert

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Originally Posted by rob0225 View Post
 

So, this past week I put Secret Grips on all my clubs (I'm one of those all the way or nothing guys).   I chose to use these grips because I read they will help provide more consistency.  I don't have a horrible swing but could use some better consistency and help improve dispersion.

 

Anyway, I've played 3 rounds with them on and have absolutely stunk it up.  Mishits, pulls, slices, etc.  I was not confident where my ball was going.

 

Can a weighted grip have this much impact on shot consistency or is this one of those things where I need to take some time getting used to the additional weight?

 

Thanks,

 

Robert

My guess is you need time to get used to it AND that you may be psyching yourself out a bit, but I've never tried a back weighted club other than my putter.

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My first encounter with backweighting (or counterweighting) came in the 1970s. Jack Nicklaus helped popularize it. Some of your stronger golfers would put a fishing weight in the butt of their driver - and sometimes FWs - to quiet down their hands during the swing. It supposedly helped them "drop it into the slot" more efficiently.

 

So, I'm not surprised Nicklaus is spokesman for Bossieri Secret Grip line.

 

The whole weighted grip thing has taken on religious overtones, with believers and non-believers exchanging heated remarks on the topic. @rob0225, possibly you're a non-believer?

 

One argument for backweighting says it can help players with faster swingspeeds make use of the superlight shafts. Golfdom testing indicates that better players get more out of superlight shafts than average golfers, because the average golfers tend to overswing with light shafts and can't feel it "drop into the slot." Backweighting has been suggested as a way to help average golfers in this area.  (A couple of years ago, Sergio Garcia backweighted his driver and ended up with a C7 - or so - swingweight).

 

In 1994, I gave up a persimmon-headed driver with a 130-gram TT stiff shaft. I moved to graphite. By 2012, I built myself a driver with a 48-gram shaft while at the GolfWorks school. Getting it swingweighted properly was a major challenge.

 

One argument against backweighting (for clubs other than putters) says it robs the golfer of clubhead speed, and upsets the club's balance.

 

Backweighting also appeared as an option with the ShotMaker shaft insert from Harrison. I put a 4-gram plug into the butt of the club, and it seemed to make the club feel less head-heavy.

 

I have some sites and online articles (somewhere...) which I will look for. In a day or two, I may post some sources which those interested could read.


Edited by WUTiger - 8/4/14 at 2:23pm
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The whole weighted grip thing has taken on religious overtones, with believers and non-believers exchanging heated remarks on the topic. @rob0225, possibly you're a non-believer?

 

I'm not sure if I'm a believer or not yet.  If you would have asked me in the middle of my round yesterday I would've told you to take these grips and burn 'em.  Just the night prior to installing them, I was hitting my irons very well at the range, getting good impact but poor dispersion which is one of the things Secret Grips claims to help.

 

I'll give them some time, probably another week or so, to hopefully "get used" to the additional weight.

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I'm not sure if I'm a believer or not yet.  If you would have asked me in the middle of my round yesterday I would've told you to take these grips and burn 'em.  Just the night prior to installing them, I was hitting my irons very well at the range, getting good impact but poor dispersion which is one of the things Secret Grips claims to help.

 

I'll give them some time, probably another week or so, to hopefully "get used" to the additional weight.

 



Some people hit the ball better with a lighter swing weight, some people hit the ball better with a heavier swing weight, and some people hit the ball better somewhere in between.

And some of us don't hit the ball well enough to make any difference. a2_wink.gif

(Only half joking).
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Can a weighted grip have this much impact on shot consistency or is this one of those things where I need to take some time getting used to the additional weight?

 

 

I don't think adding weight to the grip end is going to have a huge impact on consistency, it's not going to "fix" any swing flaws a player might have. You might like the way it feels and it could help somewhat but I wouldn't set my expectations very high.

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How does this back weighting  effect the swing weight of a club?  Or does the  swing weight of a club have any importance to the golfer? 

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How does this back weighting  effect the swing weight of a club?  Or does the  swing weight of a club have any importance to the golfer? 


 



More weight on the grip end decreases the swing weight. More weight on the tip end (or the head) increases the swing weight.

Individual preference. A certain swing weight is probably optimal, unless you want to get into MOI matching instead of swing weight matching. (Another can of worms entirely).
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