This story is for you if...
• You tend to tense up on the tee box.
• You often feel the club slip out of your grip when you swing.
• You're not sure how hard to grip the handle.
The Typical Advice
Lighten your grip pressure to make a more fluid swing and get effortless power.
Why It's Misleading
Grip the club lightly and you'll likely lose control at some point during your swing. Think about it this way: When you hammer a nail into a piece of wood, do you hold the hammer lightly? Probably not especially since your other thumb is so close to the nail.
The Better Way to Take Your Grip
When you place your hands on the handle, do it with firm grip pressure, especially in your fingers. Make it just tight enough so that you feel you have complete control of the clubhead, yet are able to move your wrists freely. That's the secret to a good grip: firm hands and soft wrists.
The best way to make sure that your grip is firm and your wrists are soft is to waggle the club back and forth at address. You see Tour pros waggle all the time and there's a method to their madness. Cock your wrists back and forth a few times, set the club behind the ball, and then swing. Your control and acceleration will skyrocket.