Reduce Tension For Your Best Swing
I am now going to give you a mantra that we have at our golf schools, and that is, tension kills the golf swing. One of my great friends, a tremendous teacher who I worked with all through the 80s, Dave Collins, always harped on me with that little saying. I picked it up. My whole staff uses it in every presentation. Tension kills the golf swing.
Where Does the Tension Come From?
At address, when a person stares at the golf ball and stands in one place for more than a few seconds, tension is going to get into your body. Into your legs, into your torso, shoulders, arms and hands. Other people just come in and grip the club too tight to start with. What do you think the percentages is of people coming to our schools, thousand of people, what do you think the percentage is of people that hold the club too light? I don't know if we get one a year. It is so little. Most people grip the club way too tight. That grip pressure goes into the wrists, and when the wrists are tight you take a lot of speed out of your golf swing.
Other things that happen when you grip tight is that you tend to let go somewhere in the swing and you lose your grip. You want to maintain a light soft grip pressure. Mobility in the wrists, soft elbows, relaxes shoulders. In order to do that you keep some motion in your swing, you learn to waggle the golf club, you learn to look at your target which is out there, the target is not your golf ball, and to get some nice rhythm and balance into your body before you start. The preparatory move regarding tension are absolutely crucial to hitting great golf shots.