Causes & Remedies For Blisters

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 12:00 -- Don Trahan

Do you tend to develop blisters on your hands or fingers when playing golf? If you do have blisters, it's not necessarily something you have to play through. It could be that your grip or grip pressure is incorrect.

Burt Remis has improved his game using the Peak Performance Golf Swing, but he says that he can get a pretty severe blister on his left hand because of the way he grips the club and the length of his fingers. He's looking for an explanation and a way to stop it from happening going forward.

Hi Don,

Really enjoy your daily videos and in particular the videos I purchased. Has really transformed my game and made me realize how many errors I had from set-up to finish. One problem I have is that in using a conventional overlap grip I get a bad rubbing of the nail from my fourth finger of the right hand on an area just below and forward of the knuckle of my index finger of the left hand. If I don't use tape over this area of the left hand I can get a pretty severe blister. I have very long fingers and was measured for and use jumbo grips. Does this have to do with possible re-gripping the club on the forward swing? Look forward to your reply.

Burt Remis
St Louis, MO.

A lot of times golfers can develop blisters because of improper grip. But, for argument's sake, let's say that a golfer has perfect grip but still has blisters that pop up from time to time. This can simply be from overwork. If you're really dedicated to practicing and beating a bunch of balls on the range, it's entirely possible that you can develop blisters. If that's the case, you need to have the right kind of tape so that you can still play.

I always have a roll of rubberized tape in my bag that is waterproof and works for long periods of time. However, if you have a blister you should put a regular band-aid over it first, then wrap it with the tape. Otherwise it will never heal if you just wrap it in tape. 

Even though I always carry tape in the event I need it, if your grip is solid and correct, you should be able to play a lot of golf without ever having a blister. Watch the video for a review of how to grip the club as well as the right amount of grip pressure that you should be playing with.

Keep it vertical!

The Surge

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Submitted by Dave Everitt on

This is too good a short game tip, to not share. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and feel that I am well on my way to becoming a short game genius.

It is a unique way of setting up and hitting pitches and a real confidence booster, because it works so well from any lie. This swing is an excellent example of the Surgism ,"the setup determines the motion."

Although it is intended to be for short pitches it also works well in firm bunkers, for long pitches, knockdowns and hitting straight low shots out of trouble.

It minimizes wrist action, ensures crisp contact and hits the ball very straight with good feel.

If you are interested Google " Gary Pinns Short Pitch."He does a very good job of explaining it in a 5 minute you tube video.

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Submitted by NeilofOZ on

Been doing this method now for a couple of years after many trials and frustration of bad chippping. Some minor variations are, 1. I Just set-up with
an open stance, 2. feet closer together, 3. I try and keep the club face square to the aiming line a little longer. Many low handcappers I play with always tell me that they wish they could copy me. I chip in regularly into the hole from around the green, done it twice this week already. My golden rules for
chipping at close range are 1. Club must be accellerating through the ball, ie forward swing greater than the back swing. 2. Wrists must be firm, no flipping, 3. Hands must be in front of the ball at address and through the impact zone.

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Submitted by Lynn42 on

I watched the video and grabbed my wedge and headed to the back yard which needs mowing, btw. ;0) I dropped a few balls and started making solid contact right away. I tend to fight flippy wrists and inconsistent contact. I like the firm wrists concept. As Surge says " the best wrist action is no wrist action." Hoping to get out tomorrow and will give it a try. Distance control will take some practice, but I sure like the solid contact.

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Submitted by Russty Kiwi on

Looks really good to me,& will give it a try. It is much the same as what Kenny Knox shows in his videos ,with the open stance, & turning the body through the shot. The main difference is the setting of the lead arm across the chest. But if its fool proof, I may stand a chance.
Thanks for the tip .Cheers Russty

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Submitted by Dave Everitt on

This video has been on the net for a few years. The first time that I tried it, I had not paid enough attention to the details of the setup and swing that he describes and had limited success with it. I'm glad that I gave it a second chance, a few years later, because it is very close to an idiot proof method.

My tendency with the Kenny Knox method is to turn to much with the lower body on the backswing and use the wrists too much and not get consistent contact with the ball. It seems to involve a few more moving parts and require more natural talent than the Gary Pinns method.

This method gives consistent clean contact with the ball and excellent control of direction. My golf buddy, who is a low handicap player, uses a hands dominated way of pitching that works for him because of his natural talent. Yesterday we both faced the same shot from a hardpan lie over a bunker to a short sided pin. He is a very deliberate player and after many practice swings chunked his shot into the bunker. I walked into the shot and put the ball on the green, without a practice swing, before he had finished cursing.

Before adopting the Surge swing I was often accused of being a slow player. Now the comment on my speed of play is " wow are you ever a fast player, you just walk in there and hit it." This confident method of pitching fits right in with my new, overall speed of play.

I would like to add a couple of details, that are helping me. I always have an intermediate target before walking into the shot. I have the feeling of the left arm and club head, hanging down from the left pec, wherever gravity takes them while addressing the ball with an open stance. My feeling is that the left pec, is the engine of the turn back and through, with the arms very relaxed and just going along for the ride.

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Submitted by Robert Fleck on

Nothing is foolproof. We fools are too ingenious. ;-)

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Submitted by Robert Meade on

The other day I watched the Gary Pinns video on the short pitch and though a little skeptical I gave it a go the other day with no practice and was surprised at how effective it is. You're right, it aids in assuring clean contact and helps in eliminating the wrists flipping and keeps it square longer. First attempt almost chipped in from 15 yards off the green. I found it most comfortable with the pw but I can see where it would work with a variety of clubs. Credit is due when a good tip comes our way, I must admit, I like it and will be working with it in the coming days.

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Submitted by Dragonhead on

Thanks for the reminder Surge, to keep the thumbnail on my rear hand well trimmed. Couldn't believe it the last time out on the course, ended up with a blister on almost on my lifeline on the palm of it!!! Grip check needed methinks.
Off topic. I watched the video and liked it. Spent a couple of sessions on the front lush front garden today. Got it sorted I think. It is the one part of my short game which is lacking,ie, 10 to 30yd pitches. Prefer chipping, but on the short uphill pitches I lacked a really good and consistent stroke. That has hopefully now changed for ever : - ) and I will certainly use it in future. SHALL I tell my best mate and fellow golfer? Heh heh heh! Should I?
Thankyou for the opportunity to see this tip.
Anybody heard how Dick Lee and his family are doing in Oklahoma??? The pictures are truly horrendous. Hope any and all of our Surgites and families are all safe and sound. Our prayers and heartfelt Best Wishes to all affected. DH

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Submitted by Lynn42 on

DH, RM contacted Dick via e-mail and he and family are ok. Check yesterday's blog for his update. Good news for sure and they are all in my prayers.

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Submitted by Dragonhead on

Lynn42, You are a real Surgite friend and that has put our minds at rest a little more.Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! I would authorize to release my e-mail address to Dick Lee. I have couple of photographs I took of the small memorial at our golf course. It commemorates it being a US Military Camp during WW2. It was a United States Marine Corps Camp. Dick said he would like a photograph of it. All I need is his e-mail address or he mine to accomplish that.
Now back to golf. I like you went out and soon got the hang of the 'no wrists' short pitching method. I too will persevere with it.
We moan about the weather here, but by comparison our weather is tame by comparison. In our prayers and thoughts Oklahoma. A humbled DH.

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Submitted by Dragonhead on

Much appreciated Robert, may just do that later : - ) Thankyou very much indeed. From rain soaked Wellington New Zealand. Have saved the link. Have a great day DH.

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Submitted by Dave Everitt on

I've emailed the video reference to three of my golf buddies who have played with me for the last 2 weeks and seen how effective the method is. From there, it's in their wheelhouse. If your friend is like mine, old habits are hard to break.

Our 18 hole course had a lot of winter kill this year and as a result, we are playing on 9 small temporary greens until the damaged greens are replaced. One positive result of all this, is that pitching inside 50 yards is a required shot, because the temporary greens are so small and seem to always require something less than a full shot. This method could not have come at a better time for me.

I used to only pitch, if there were no other options, but that limited me around the green. This method is very good for the uphill pitches that you mentioned and equally good for any other lie or surface around the green because if the setup is good, contact with the ball is very consistent.

One thing that using this method has taught me is the importance of having the same grip pressure in both hands to control the clubface. I do a little around the body practice swing like Gary Pinns does in the video while standing upright behind the ball to remind me to have equal grip pressure before walking into the shot and to feel the distance. If I have the feeling that the left pec is the engine of the swing and have equal grip pressure, it is possible to feel the distance of the shot with the right hand without any breakdown of the left wrist.