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Can't I Just Strengthen My Grip?
Players that struggle with an open clubface and a "flip" or "scoop" release will sometimes ask, "Why should I train the "motorcycle" if I can just strengthen my grip?" While the "motorcycle" pattern (shaft rotation) may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, especially for those who are used to playing with an open face, it requires less compensation later on. That is, the "motorcycle" closes the face AND moves the low point forward. On the other hand, strengthening your grip simply closes the face and may exacerbate an already inefficient low-point pattern. Typically, players who rely on a stronger grip will have to default to an excessive in-to-out path or an over-rotation of the body, both of which can hurt consistency and accuracy.
Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Early Extension, Set Up, Release, Member Question