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Hey dads: Loosen your golf grip for more distance

Neil Gunn
Special to the Sun

Neil Gunn fires a shot with a mid-iron at the Champ Course driving range.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tension in the hands and forearms is a big problem in the golf swing and it can rob you of distance.

Many golfers start off with a soft grip when they're at the address position, but do not maintain this grip pressure throughout the swing.

A fast backswing often leads to a jerky transition between the backswing and forward swing. When this happens, you unintentionally increase your grip pressure to try to control your club.

This leads you into a forward swing dominated by your hands and arms, forcing you to hit the ball and do all the work.

The lighter you hold your club the more you allow the club to do its job.

In order to do this you need to focus on your grip and swing speed. When you go back slower the transition is much smoother and grip pressure remains light.

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This leads to increased club head speed and further distances with less effort.

This concept is why practice swings are usually smoother. You have more speed because there is no hit impulse so you don't tighten up.

Next time you're at the driving range take four practice swings with a slower pace on the backswing and only concentrate on a balanced finish.

After that, put a ball on the tee and try the same swing. Focus on swinging through the ball to a balanced finish, not to the ball. Execute these tips and you should be able to achieve more distance.

Schedule a lesson or attend a clinic to get more tips on your swing and golf game. Visit GolfIncline.com or call 775-832-1146 for information or to reserve tee-times.

"IVGID Tip" is a regular feature, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals and visitors with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Neil Gunn, PGA Director of Instruction at the Incline Village Championship Golf Course.