How Ryan Palmer Takes Advantage of His Strong Grip For Massive Distance

File Nov 30, 8 21 14 PM.jpegRyan Palmer consistently ranks as one of the longes drivers on the PGA Tour.  Averaging over 300 yards off the tee for the last 5 consecutive years, his power off the tee puts him in the scoring zone on even the longest holes.  A key aspect of his distance is his strong grip that enables him to rely on more body rotation without rolling his hands through impact.

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Today in Secret Instruction, Ryan explains how he puts his hands on the grip to enable his massive power, as well as a simple key for adjusting his grip pressure in cerain fingers to allow him to fade and draw the ball with more ease.

Find out more in the video below:

As he indicates in the video:

  • He sets up with a strong grip.  This means that his left hand is rotated slightly to the right of the grip (as he is a right-handed golfer,) with his thumb just to the right of the center of the grip.  His right palm is directly opposing the palm of his left hand.
  • To help him draw the ball, Ryan puts more pressure on the index finger and thumb of his right hand.  This encourages slightly more rotation of the clubhead, as he feels these two fingers roll slightly more through impact.
  • To help him fade the ball, he grips the club with slightly more pressure with the pinky and right finger of his left hand, feeling more of a "hold" through impact in which these fingers prevent rotation of the clubhead through impact.

As Ryan demonstrates, the grip plays a fundamental role in every shot you hit.  Whether you have a strong grip that encourages more body rotation or a weak grip that requires more hand rotation, the grip is perhaps the most crucial aspect of setting up to every shot you hit.

The bottom line is- there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the grip.  The important thing is that you find a grip that helps you consistently release the club through impact.

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