Bob: Hi, I’m Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin Grips.
I’m here today at the beautiful St Louis Golf and Country Club with my good friend, BrendanSteele, PGA Tour Professional.
And we’re going to talk a little bit aboutgrip pressure today and how grips and grip pressure relate to short games.
So Brendan,you and I have talked about this in the past, and I’d like to get your take and your thoughtsabout what are you thinking about in regards to grip pressure and how you’re playing ashort game shot when it really matters, right? Because to me as we talk about tension inthe golf swing and tension in our grip, if you’ve got a lot of tension in the grip whenyou’re trying to hit a specific shot, you know, which is a really tight shot here, thatcould pretty much screw your shot up, huh? Brendan: Yeah, tension and having a firm grippressure here is a killer.
You’re never going to be able to the strike on the ball thatyou want.
Usually caused by a little bit of anxiety maybe not thinking that you have quitethe right technique to hit this shot.
Not comfortable with it.
Maybe you feel like maybeyou want to putt but your buddies will make fun of you if putt it from this far off thegreen.
Brendan: So you have to make sure you havea light enough grip pressure, that you’re not adding any tension, but that you can stillcontrol the club.
Bob: So when we talked earlier, we talkedabout the full swing shots and releasing the shot on full swings.
Here it’s a whole differenttechnique, you don’t want to release your hands, correct? You want to keep your handsmore passive.
Brendan: Correct, especially on this tightlie shot here.
You basically want to make sure that you keep your body moving and thatyou keep turning through, you keep that clubface very stable the whole time.
It doesn’t releaseover.
I see a lot of amateurs that do this kind of move and really release the club headinto the ball, the hands kind of stop, club head keeps going.
You can’t be consistenthitting a shot that way.
Bob: Right, and again for people that wantto lower their scores, sitting on the range and hit six irons all day probably isn’t goingto help you score better, you might have a pretty golf swing.
But if you’re going toscore better and actually lower your handicap, this is the area where you’re going to loweryour handicap.
Brendan: Yes, and this is actually the thingthat I think comes into your game the quickest due to practice.
If I go and chip for an hour,I’m a better chipper the next day.
But if I go hit balls for an hour, I might not hitthe ball any better than I did a week ago or six months ago.
So this is something you’llsee a direct correlation to scoring and how well you’re playing.
Bob: But one of the consistencies with hittingthe full shots, as we talked about earlier, is really keeping our light pressure in ourforearms and your hands to execute the shot.
And really having a tense grip or a chokehold on the grip.
You’re probably not going to be as successful.
Brendan: Yeah, you’re going to have a lotof trouble with these little delicate shots around the green especially.
And these littleshots you really just want the hands to be attached to the club and let the bigger muscleskind of help you to be more consistent with the strike.