Grip Pressure…firm but NOT tight

What does this mean? How can we hold the grip firm but not tight? The answer lies in something I always discuss and that is your personal starting point. In other words in this case it’s relative to how strong your hands are.

“I just shook a hand that felt like five bands of steel.” That’s what Ted Williams, who perhaps had the strongest, hands in major league baseball, said after shaking hands with Ben Hogan.

As in all athletic endeavours, golf requires a certain amount of strength. You don’t need to be a bulking muscle man to play great golf, but you have to be able to exert some basic control on the golf club and be able to manage it squarely at speed.

The Necessary Strength 
Think of it this way. If you require all your strength to keep the club in control then you will have to deal with the extra tension that this straining causes. What we would like instead is for the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms to have significantly more than enough strength to do their job. In that situation a golfer can maintain comfortable control of the club without tensing up the entire body. This is the distinction between ‘firm and tight’ grip pressure.
“Hold it like a bird” Snead said. Sam Snead used this analogy to describe the hand and finger pressure required to hold the club. If you never had the chance of shaking hands with the late great “Slamming Sammy” Snead and most have not you miss the relevance. Jackie Burke said, “Sam had ‘carpenter’s hands’ big, strong and meaty. What Snead never told anyone was the bird that he was trying to keep a hold on was a ‘HAWK’, the late great Ben ‘the hawk’ Hogan.”
So what might of felt like a small amount of pressure to Snead or Hogan with their well trained and ridiculously strong hands would have required a great deal more effort from the common golfer with an ordinary pair of hands. If you hit 500-600 balls a day for years lets face it your hands would become very strong. So these great players probably had no idea how much pressure they were really applying to the club compared to the average player that they offering this information to.
The bottom line is that being strong never hurts and when it comes to the hands they can never be too strong. My advice is train them. Over train them and then train them again. There is no such thing as too strong when it comes to the hands.

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