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Here’s a follow-up on last week’s video on grip pressure to clear up a few things and give you more clarity on how grip pressure influences the golf swing!

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Shawn Clement is the new Director of Development at the Royal Quebec Golf Academy in Quebec City, Canada and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee while Directing at the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre. He was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet in 2016 with 83 000 subscribers on YouTube and 36 millions natural views. Shawn has been writing for numerous publications since 2001 including Golf Tips Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. He also appeared of the Golf Channel’s Academy Live in July 2001 with Jerry Foltz and Mike Ritz. Shawn Clement has the distinction of being one of the only professionals fit by Ping’s Tour fitting centre where he was fitted with left and right handed clubs including 2 drivers with 115 plus miles per hour and 300 plus yard drives from both sides.

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  1. ogo

    May 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    * * * crickets * * * ……….(as usual)

  2. ogo

    May 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I did it!!! I squeezed more and it happened!!! It’s magic I tell you… it’s magic!!!

  3. steve

    May 26, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Shawn… in your 2013 video – PREDICT PERFECT CONTACT EVERY TIME!… you mention grip pressure strength numbers from 1:50 to 2:05 minute marks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDo1Lg-O4H8
    Could you do a Part 3 – Grip Pressures that quantifies grip pressures throughout the swing as you briefly did in this video? Thanks.

  4. steve

    May 25, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    SHAWN… YOUR ‘TIGHT GRIP’ ADVICE SEEMS TO WORK FOR SOME GOLFERS… NOW TELL US WHY IT WORKS BECAUSE IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST SAY TRY IT BECAUSE IT WORKS FOR ME. THAT’S INADEQUATE AND TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL!

  5. Tom

    May 25, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I don’t understand why the commenters seem to analyze Mr Clement’s comments in their heads rather than going out on the range and seeing if what he says works. For me it seems to work. I’ve always thought you held the club at address as lightly, softly, as possible. That grip pressure would increase to an appropriate level by impact. My mind is changing on this. I am hitting the ball better with more hand pressure. Has anyone responding to Mr Clement’s comments actually tried what he suggests?

    • steve

      May 25, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Fair enough, you’ve done something with your hands that seems to work for you. However, just squeezing the club handle is not valid instruction nor objective advice. Go ahead and try something and if it works for you great, but it’s not clear advice. It’s just “try it and you’ll like it” because it works for me! That’s plain stupid.

  6. steve

    May 25, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Shawn replies to questions on his youtube channel but he shuns legitimate questions that challenge the specifics of his grip pressure advice. GolfWRX should not give Clements a platform on this website unless he responds to legitimate questions here.

  7. Boyo

    May 25, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Seems like an instinctual thing to me….

    • ogo

      May 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      “..instinctive..”? How can you teach instinct which is an innate behavior?
      Behavior is instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience, that is, in the absence of learning, and is therefore an expression of innate natural abilities. You either got it or you don’t!

  8. ogo

    May 24, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    youtube video not properly embedded by WRX staff… wonder why?

    • bryce

      May 27, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Dang moderators reduce the number of characters allowed in comments and if you exceed that it goes to moderation. Wotta buncha wooses….

  9. steve

    May 24, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Shawn: — “…secure grip…” …. for a variety of swings and shots. Okay, but do you apply a strong grip pressure at address and hold it through the BS and DS… or do you apply various grip pressures as a reflex in response to the intensity of the kinetic chain flow of energy in the swing? Thanks.

    • steve

      May 24, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Furthermore… the loading between the hands varies throughout the swing as it reverses several times before impact. The hands are subject to different leverages and grip pressure alternates in response. Are you advocating tight axial finger squeezing throughout regardless of changes in the BS and DS loadings? Thanks.

      • steve

        May 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm

        Also, does hand pressure differ between the hands or is it consistently equal throughout the swing? Both hands at “10”, or top hand at “10” and lower hand at say “7”? Or does the hand pressures fluctuate at different stages of the swing? Thanks.

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