YaMOE Knows Golf: Match it up

Hello Golf Guys and Gals,

There are a lot of pieces to the golf swing. Pieces that fit in with one another, and then there are those that don’t. If you have the pieces that work well together as a functional matchup, you are off to a good start, but if they don’t, they can be problematic to your swing. 

We know that the grip we use, or how we hold onto the golf club aids or hinders our club face control and ball flight. We also know that wrist angles play an integral part of that as well. However, if these two are not matched up accordingly, it will be very difficult for a golfer to hit a functional golf shot. 

So let’s take a look and the grip style and wrist angles that pair up well with one another.

Grip Styles

  • Neutral: V’s of your hands point between the chin and you trail collar bone. This grip will (all else being equal) keep the club face in a more SQUARE position.
  • Weak: V’s of your hands point towards your lead ear/shoulder. A weak grip will have a tendency to leave the club more OPEN in comparison to a NEUTRAL or STRONG grip.
  • Strong: V’s of you hands are pointing to or outside your trail shoulder. A strong grip will have a tendency to leave the clubface in a more CLOSED position in comparison to a WEAK or NEUTRAL grip.

Wrist Angles

  • Neutral: When the lead wrist is in a flat position.
  • Flexed/Bowed: When we bend our lead hand downwards from the wrist so that our palm/knuckles face other inside of the forearm.
  • Extended/Cupped: When we bend out lead hand upwards from the wrist so the back of the hand/knuckles are now facing the topside of the forearm.

Functional Matchups

  • Neutral Grip and Neutral Wrist Angle: Both the neutral grip and lead wrist influence a SQUARE face, so these to work together. 
  • Weak Grip and a Neutral/Flexed Lead Wrist: A weak grip will have a tendency to OPEN the club face, so we would need a flat or flexed lead wrist to neutralize it. When we have a flat lead wrist with a weak grip, it will help get the club face in a more square position. If we have a flexed lead wrist, it can help get the club face in a much stronger position…think Jordan Spieth or Collin Morikawa.

 

A weak grip WILL NOT work well with an extended/cupped lead wrist. Both of these variables will OPEN the club face. If you are someone with this combination, you’re almost guaranteed to struggle with slicing the ball.

  • Strong Grip and a Neutral/Extended Lead Wrist: Since a strong grip will have a tendency to CLOSE the club face, it would be ideal to pair it with a flat or extended lead wrist to neutralize one another. Remember, an extended (cupped) lead wrist will in most cases lead to an open club face, and that will prevent the club face from getting to closed (all else being equal)...Fred Couples and David Duval are two players with this pattern.

The strong grip WILL NOT work well with a flexed lead wrist. Both variables will CLOSE the club face, and there is a very good chance you may be someone who hits low hooks in return (again, all else being equal). Now, some of you may say, well Dustin Johnson has a strong grip and flexed lead wrist.

Conclusion

Everyone has parts of their swing that can be functional and we just have to be sure they are matched up to other variables accordingly. The grip and the wrist angles we produce are just an example of this. Make sure you have the proper pieces in place, so you too can play your best golf!

 

Kind Regards, 

Cody Yaremovich
PGA of Canada, Class “A” Professional
GTSC Ambassador 
Instagram: @cy.golf

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