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Question on Irons:

How do I stop myself from letting go of the grip at the top of my swing?

That is a common problem and one often caused by lack of flexibility or lack of grip strength. The first thing I would recommend would be testing your wrist flexibility. Assuming the positioning of your hands on the club is not the problem, you may want to try the following test. Grip your club and hold your arms straight out in front of you with your arms chest high. Then cock your wrists bringing your thumbs towards your chest. I am hyper flexible so when I do this I can get the club past 90 degrees (pointed up to the ceiling and beyond). If you seem limited and can only go less than 90 degrees, you probably need to shorten your backswing.

I'd much rather you have a short backswing, but a correct one than letting everything break down because you are trying to get the club parallel to the ground at the top. If flexibility isn't the problem, it could be strength. Try to work with those stress balls that you squeeze and mini dumbbells that you can use to do wrist curls. This will strengthen the muscles in your forearms that help increase your grip pressure.

As a reminder, when you are practicing, put a tee between the grip and the heel pad of your left hand. If the tee does not fall out at the top of the swing you are doing a pretty good job of holding on tight enough.

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