GOLF: How To Match Your Grip With Wrist Conditions In The Golf Swing

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How To Match Your Grip With Wrist Conditions In The Golf Swing

There is no such thing as perfect wrist conditions through the golf swing for everyone. Meaning, how you put your hands on the club, whether they be in what we would term a weaker grip position, normal grip or stronger grip, not only change your wrist conditions immediately in terms of how they sit on the club, but also change what you need to do through the swing to manage the club face.

So, let’s dig into that a little bit and talk about what that means. If I have a neutral grip throughout my swing, that would mean I can have neutral wrist conditions. When I set my hands on the club, my left wrist with a neutral grip will be slightly extended, there’s a slight cup to it, and my right wrist is virtually flat, so slight cup and flat. If I have a neutral grip pattern, when I do my takeaway pieces my club face is square during my takeaway, it’s square at the top of my swing, square coming down and square on the way through.

If I start to go more towards a weak grip or strong grip some things change. Let’s start with a weak grip. When I put my left hand on the club in a weaker position, you’ll see the cup or the extension is out of my wrist and my wrist is already preset, essentially flat. If I did nothing different, the weaker grip wants to make my club face point more open. Meaning, if I got my hands and everything back to the same position as I did before with the normal grip, my club face would be too open. So with that, I need to do something to square the face. If you have a weak left grip, you need to bow your left wrist more and you need to supinate your left arm more.

Now the opposite is true if I have a very strong grip. My left wrist is very extended, my lead wrist and whole arm is turned more and my right hand is even past flat, like I’m doing a little forearm curl here and that has my club face square.

If you bow your left wrist and your grip is really strong, you’re going to probably have the clubface too tilted down during the downswing, which is going to lead to some dynamic loft and face to path issues. For the face to be squared, you’ll notice my left arm has almost no lead arm supination. My back of my left hand is pointed more towards the camera, I’m flat not bowed at all and the face is already square. So, with a stronger grip, I now don’t need to bow my left wrist at all. I can even get away with a slight cup or extension and I don’t need lead arm supination nearly as much with that.

That’s sort of what you need to get from this. If you have a normal grip, you want pretty flat with the left wrist, you want pretty normal with the right wrist, you want a normal amount of supination, whatever that is.

If I have a weaker grip, I need to bow my left wrist more bend my right wrist back more. I need more supination just to square the face.

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  1. Another great video, Eric. I miss the live lessons. Do you plan to do any in the future?

  2. Eric, thanks man that really clarified alot of things for me. Your videos are great and always come out during my 1st cup of coffee! Keep it up.

  3. Hi Eric, love your content. I'd like to ask a question in regards to this video. What if your grip and your wrist condition don't match up like you describe here. Would you advise to change your grip to match the condition your wrist is naturally in, or do you keep your preferred grip and work on trying to achieve the matching wrist conditions? Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi Eric, your instruction is excellent and very easy to follow. I am 56 and have been playing for a few years now after a 20 year break from golf.
    I have been experimenting with different hand grips recently, to try and get more distance. I have always played golf with a very vertical swing and an out to in path since I started golf with my mother’s old clubs which were short. I’ve always managed to hit the ball very straight, but high and short…..great near the green but not for driving and long irons. Is there one of the grips you have just showed that you think would suit me better? I also have a short backswing (12 o’clock) many thanks, John.

  5. What is easier to change to achieve the desired match-up: your grip or your wrist/forearm conditions?

  6. Great video Eric. Q: With the grip to wrist conditions the results you shared make sense, however, doesn't also body rotation help/hurt the clubface depending on your grip to body rotation as well? Ex. Strong grip, good rotation more likely to result in over draws or hooks? Weak grip, poor rotation more likely to result in fades/slices?

  7. I'm a lefty and realized my right wrist has been cupped at the top of my swing and as a result I lost distance and impact wasn't pure. Club face was slightly open. Over the last couple weeks I have weakened my grip, like in your video, and tried to flatten my wrist at the top of the backswing. The result has been more square contact with the ball and I've picked up a full club in distance which I've loved. My problem is, now my right elbow (again I'm a lefty) is now hurting on the outside. I'm not flipping. I might not be rotating my wrists over to my right side after impact as much as I should…not sure. Any idea what would be causing the pain?