Both Hands Must Have Equal Pressure

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:00 -- Don Trahan

One of the great things about a vertical golf swing is that it allows you to maintain equal pressure in each hand throughout the entirety of the swing. That's because your arms and hands go straight up and straight down...or at least they should!

It's really hard to keep the same amount of pressure in both hands when you're using a rotational swing. Because your hands can get so far behind you into what I call "the sacred burial ground", one of your hands is going to have to grab the club at some point to get it back to the impact position. This pulling motion is going to create an unequal feel in your hands, which can lead to all sorts of errant shots.

Remember, you need to have a firm grip with EQUAL pressure in both hands. Let them work together. They should be diametrically opposed, with one mirroring the exact movements of the other. Work on that vertical swing and you'll start hitting better shots much more consistently.

Keep it vertical!

The Surge

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Submitted by NeilofOZ on

I think I have pretty much the same grip pressure on both hands, but that doesn't necessarily mean that both hands are doing equal work, for me the LH
is more dominant on the BUS, RH is similar in the FUS, IE "skipping a rock".

When I have tried to maintain equal control, then one of the hands take over and causes problems, am I missing something here?

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Submitted by Leednc on

I hope no news is good news, how is Don coming with his recovery?

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Submitted by Robert Meade on

Talked to Hal a couple weeks back and he said Surge is making steady recovery and progress. Also he was hoping to start filming some new dailies soon. So good news. Things should start picking up again soon.

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Submitted by Hal on

Robert I talked to Don Sunday afternoon and he is still doing rehab an is going to the Doctor the end of Sept. Don is hoping the Doc will release him to start swinging a club and light practice. Good news

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Submitted by Dave Everitt on

The following link says that using this grip helps to keep the left hand dominant when chipping. I've been chipping and pitching very well with this grip lately because I like to make chipping and pitching a right side dominant pushing motion to get the best feel for distance and direction. This grip enables me to push with the right side without any resulting breakdown of the left wrist. The double overlap grip also makes it easier for me to use a wrist less method like Steve Stickers around the greens..

Jim Furyk uses this grip for all shots instead of the Vardon. This is something that I might try next year.

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Submitted by mleger on

I discovered PPGS in March 2013 and started to see distinct improvements in my game within weeks of adopting this swing. I unfortunately struggled with maintaining reasonable distances with my driver and 4 fairway wood and for this reason did not see any significant improvement in my handicap factor (16). I decided to move up one set of tees in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014 and also got fitted with new and shorter shafts for my driver and 4-wood. My handicap improved dramatically to a low of 11. In June of this year I decided to move back to the mid tees for the remainder of the summer season and saw my handicap increase back to 15. This morning I decided to start playing from the senior tees for the start of the fall season and shot 78, the lowest I have scored since 2004. Don has made this point in one of his videos that it is important to choose the appropriate tees to match one's skill levels. Anyone else have experienced similar results? I have now become a strong supporter of the PGA's tee forward initiative.

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Submitted by Dave Everitt on

The game is supposed to be fun. Many seniors still have strong games and the ability to score well when near the green but are distance challenged. Why pay good money to be beat up by the distance challenge and not have the fun of carding a decent score. Peer pressure is the reason many high handicap players play the inappropriate tee and eventually get so discouraged that they quit the game. I play in a group of eight that plays 3 different tees appropriate to individual handicaps and at the end of the day bragging rights are based on the final score, not the tee box used.'s picture

Submitted by cwilson4par@yah... on

If you keep equal pressure in both hands it really helps in keeping the club vertical, and cocking of the wrist.
I have been using the PPGS since the year 2010. Yes! I lost some distance but most is due to age and health issue.