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Discover how grip pressure can affect the amount of club head speed you deliver! Using the GC Quad, we examine the truth behind how firmly you should grip the club.

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Shawn Clement is the Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn Clement was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee and was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet with 65 K subscribers on YouTube and 29 millions hits.

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  1. josé

    May 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Looks like Shawn has cut and run…. again.

    • steve

      May 22, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      #fail video ….. courtesy of Shawn Clements the Canadian golf guru

  2. Tom

    May 19, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I had doubts on this until I tried it. Increasing grip pressure while keeping my forearms relaxed and making a full swing seemed to result in more distance and accuracy. To be continued……

    • SK

      May 20, 2018 at 1:17 am

      How can you increase your finger grip pressure while keeping your forearms relaxed?
      Your finger tendons go thru your wrist, up your forearm and attach to the elbow bone structure. Your forearm muscles automatically tense up when your finger tendons tighten your grip. You don’t know what you are talking about!

      • Tom

        May 20, 2018 at 9:53 am

        When trying to dunk a basketball your hand gripping the ball is very tight with much pressure holding the ball. Your forearms and the rest of your body are far more relaxed. It doesn’t seem as if you’ve actually tried to do what Mr Clement suggests.

        • steve

          May 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm

          A one handed dunk requires a good palming grip on the ball to slam the ball. A two handed dunk is done with much less hand gripping force because the wrists flex to slam dunk. Golf swing requires a two handed grip that is relaxed to ensure freewheeling at the wrists.

  3. SK

    May 19, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    If you watch Shawn’s swings you will notice that his knees-legs and hips are faster when he claims he is holding firmer. IOW, he is increasing his kinetic energy from his legs and hips and that increases his kinetic energy going into the clubhead. It’s either ignorance or fraudulence.

  4. Leftshot

    May 18, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    This is the opposite of what most top golf instructors teach. They are always trying to get amateurs to swing with less grip pressure. I get the difference and the relationship between grip pressure and tension. But I think you need to address this for your viewers.

    • SK

      May 20, 2018 at 1:20 am

      If you tighten your finger gripping with your finger tendons, you will automatically tense up the surrounding forearm muscles… and that’s an anatomical fact. Shawn is mistaken in his “feel” story.

  5. Bob Jones

    May 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    When the clubhead collides with the ball, some of the energy of the collision is sent back to the clubhead as the cost of setting a stationary object in motion. It seems to me what’s happening here is that if the grip pressure is too light, more of the force of the collision with the ball than it should be comes back into the clubface, decreasing the amount of energy transferred from the clubface to the ball. But holding the club securely makes the club more rigid, thus maximizing the force that can be transferred to the ball. I’ll welcome anyone better at physics than I am to improve on that surmise, or to correct it.

    The trick, I think, is to hold securely with your hands, but not let that seize up your forearms.

    • SK

      May 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Nope, your physics is wrong because when the shaft tip is flexing it becomes a free body, and the clubhead is disconnected from the upper shaft and hands. It’s whipsnapping through release into the ball. In fact, gripping the club handle harder will inhibit the freewheeling action around the lead wrist and defeat the Kinetic Chain action.

  6. SK

    May 17, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    1. Are both hands squeezed to the “10” level?
    2. Does impact hand feel different from “5” to “10” level?
    3. Does increased hand pressure work for all shaft flexes?
    4. Does the change stabilize or disrupt release action?
    Nice video, Merci.

    • Mike W

      May 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      It looks like Mr. Clement has no problem with a full release action, even at “10” pressure.

      • alvin

        May 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm

        He could be lying and the only way to know the truth is with pressure sensors embedded in the club grip to prove grip pressures.

      • SK

        May 20, 2018 at 1:23 am

        “It looks like ….”?!! It looks like he’s scamming you with his fraudulent monitor readings because it’s impossible to grip tighter and then release the club around the lead wrist joint.

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