According to the legendary Sam Sneed, proper golf grip pressure was akin to “caressing a baby bird”. Most amateurs would agree that achieving a light and responsive grip is much easier said then done, especially while in the heat of the battle on the golf course.
Now one German golf company is using revolutionary technology to help make Sam Sneed’s instructions easier to accomplish. Introducing SensoGlove, the world’s first golf glove with built-in digital sensors that continuously read the golfer’s grip pressure.
This glove comes with a sweat-proof 1.2-inch LED digital monitor on the back of the hand that analyzes the pressure of the swing through highly responsive sensors placed throughout the glove. As you swing your golf club while wearing the SensoGlove, you’ll receive real-time audio and visual feedback at 80 times per second. The SensoGlove will even show you which fingers are gripping too tightly, so you can adjust your grip accordingly.
“Every golfer wants to hit the ball far and the natural instinct is to swing harder and faster,” said David Bauer, President, SensoSolutions. “But trying to swing with more power causes a death grip, creating tension in the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders. The result is a less than smooth swing and, even worse, tightened muscles. Tight muscles result in slower – not faster – club head speed.”
The built-in digital monitor can also be removed to use SensoGlove as a regular golf glove. You can learn more about SensoGlove at www.sensoglove.com.
What does it take to have a proper golf grip? Here are the quick steps to position your hands correctly on the golf club.
With your left hand, you want to see the crease between your thumb and index finger point somewhere between your right cheek right ear area. When you put your right hand on the same crease between your thumb and the index finger of your right hand should point in the same area.
The next step is up to your personal preference. You can either interlock your hands, overlap or have all ten fingers on the grip. Most modern golf professionals prefer that you either interlock or overlap.
Once your grip is set, make sure that when you open up your hands, you can see that the grip lies somewhere in the fingers on a slight angle. This will help you generate both creases pointed up towards your right ear for a neutral straight grip.
You now have a solid, neutral grip from which you can build a consistent, repeating golf swing.
You’ve probably heard the saying “it all begins with the grip”. Unlike many cliches, this one is actually quite true for a successful golf swing.
Your odds of hitting a quality golf shot are minimal without proper preparation. No golfer can make a solid impact without the necessary swing arrangements, including good grip, posture, alignment and ball position.
Of paramount importance to consistent, powerful impact is to grip the club properly. Without placing your hands properly on the handle of the club it is impossible to make a graceful and effective swing that repeats all the time.
You do not control the club with your feet, knees, hips, shoulders or other parts of your body. Hands are the only means to control the club as it is connected to your hands.
Your grip provides the only physical connection with the club, affecting every aspect of your swing. Along with the distance and accuracy of the shot, how the shot feels at impact is greatly influenced by your grip.
Importantly, proper grip comprises more than 80 percent of a good golf swing and a flawed grip is usually the root cause of a variety of chronic swing problems.
It is quite important to fight the urge to grip the club with too much pressure. The looser you keep your grip, the more flexibility and greater distance in the swing. In terms of how much grip pressure you should use, Sam Sneed advocated the same pressure as if you were “caressing a baby bird”.
One of the most common mistakes that golfers make is they tighten or loosen up one of their hands in their grip which can cause a shank or hook. The tightening of the lead hand can cause the ball to shank and tightening of trailing hand will cause the ball to hook.
Consistently work on your grip and you will be creating a solid path for your golf game for the rest of your life. A sound grip makes the game much easier and is the foundation of your swing.
Practice your grip often and you will soon become comfortable adjusting your pressure or even new positions to assist in hitting different shots. A little work in this area will go a long way towards an efficient swing.