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Since irons and woods use different setups and planes, should you use a different grip, too? Also, in this video, I show you that the faces of woods are not actually flat and look more open than they actually are.

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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. T

    Nov 19, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    In the past it took years to put together a good playing set of woods and irons that fit your game. A good feeling club was deemed necessary for shot confidence. Oh the grip does change as the club’s get shorter, it’s about gaining control over those scoring shots.

  2. joro

    Nov 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with others about the grip. I was thinking of the grip of the club, not alignment and swing. I have always had a push with the Driver and hook the Irons. I thought about that for a while and because I didn’t release fast enough with the Woods and overcooked the release with the Irons I went to a smaller grip with the Woods and larger with the Irons and solved the problem. We all know smaller helps release and larger grips inhibit a quick release so as a PGA Teacher I started having people hit woods with different size grips and found a lot of problems were fixed. Of course you have to get the proper grip right and the swing consistent too. Once you get the grip, swing and alignment right or as good as you can really go. The size of the grip does make a difference.

    • geohogan

      Dec 24, 2018 at 8:23 am

      @joro, the size of the grip may make a difference in weight, balance point and SW
      but whether grip is large or small diameter does not make any difference in “release”
      How do baseball batters “release” with such large diameter grips?

      Our hands are simply clamps on the grip. Our wrists are free hinges and clubhead speed is result of kinematic sequence (deceleration of the arms, results in acceleration of the club(lever) of which hands are one with the lever and wrists are free hinges.

  3. Greg V

    Nov 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Shawn Clement is a quack.

    Some pretty good golfers, like Byron nelson, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson never talked about different grips for different clubs.

    Now, part of the charm of acquiring a good set of clubs is finding a driver, fairway wood(s) and irons that you can hit straight with the same swing. That is part of the art of acquiring a good set. When you find such a set, go play!!

    • geohogan

      Dec 24, 2018 at 8:29 am

      I dont think this video is about different grips, but rather turning the club more open or more closed to our eye.
      The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992
      described this as dialing a shot. ie if there is tendency of shots to go right, then turn the clubface more closed, then take the grip(same as for all clubs). Dont change the swing, simply change the orientation of the clubface to the ball at impact.

      Ideally we choose our clubs (adjust adaptors )such that these inconsistency are not a factor.

  4. John Sweat

    Nov 1, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Maybe it is just me, but I am not seeing a video on the grip issue on driver / irons.

    • allan

      Nov 2, 2018 at 1:16 am

      It’s more about driver and irons face alignments and shot shapes.

      • ogo

        Nov 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        The headline of the article and video is misleading, incorrect, wrong wrong wrong…. sooo obvious

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