Loosen Your Grip

By David BreslowOctober 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
When most of us see the phrase, Loosen your grip we probably think of our physical grip and more specifically, our hands and fingers. This simple and easy to read guidebook will show you that a tight grip is far more than that. It is a reflection of a level of mental, emotional and physical tightness that impacts your on many different levels. Loosen Your Grip will help you free yourself, your game and your life!
No matter what particular game you play in life is, learning to loosen your grip will free you up to think, feel and be your best. Truly, a loose grip is more advantageous than a tight one.
Loosen your grip. What does this really mean? To the golfer it may mean to relax the tension in their hands and fingers as they hold the golf club. From a broader perspective though, it means much, much more. A tight grip is generally a reflection of a tight mind, tight emotions and a tight body. Unfortunately, a high percentage of my golf and non golf clients have too tight a grip in all three areas and it undermines their performance, their outlook, their attitude, ability to achieve their dreams, enjoyment levels, sabotages talent levels, affects health, income and relationships. Yesa tight grip affects you on many different levels.
Golf Teaching Professionals all over the globe have asked their students'at one time or another to loosen their grip before striking the golf ball. If you play the game or have taken a golf lesson you know exactly what I mean. This tip has been told and retold many times over the years and it is one of the most basic elements of a solid golf swing'even more basic than the simplest mechanical property of the swing. But loosening your grip is more than just a good idea. It can be very revealing as well. Loosening your grip is not only good advice for the golf swing; its also good advice for the golfer and non golfer as well.
I receive many requests from golfers around the world asking for tips and strategies to play better golf. When I work one on one with a golfer on the course, the first thing I look for is the tightness of their grip. Why? Because this informs me of many things about the person hitting the golf ball and often the information has little or nothing to do with proper or improper mechanics, which is what most golfers focus on. A tight grip is an indicator of at least three important things. First, it tells me that the individual is trying too hard to hit a successful golf shot. Secondly, it tells me the individual is working harder than necessary to get the results they want. In addition to trying too hard they are often unaware there is a simpler and more effective way to get those results. (To view a FREE video that addresses this, click here).Third, it tells me they might be overly attached to their results. All three of these can lead to a poor golf swing that lacks power and consistency--which in turn can lead to frustration. In fact, I often tell my clients that the number one cause of a poor golf swing is simply too much tension. In other words the grip is too tightnot just the fingers and hands but a tight mental, emotional and physical grip.
I also see business professionals affected in many ways by a tight grip. Even those who have never hit a golf ball are subject to the negative impact of a tight grip. It is equally important for them to adopt the Loosen Your Grip mentality as it will improve their ability to perform at a higher level each day. Many of my amateur clients are both golfers and non golfers who work in many different areas such as a corporate environment, sales or as an entrepreneur. No matter what position they hold or what their gender, skill level or experience, a tight grip will negatively affect their ability to perform. For these people the consequences are burn-out, reduced energy levels, diminished health and a general undermining of overall performance on the job and in life as a whole. Mentally, emotionally and physically, their grip is far too tight and when they learn to loosen their grip, their lives change dramatically and whatever they do---they do with greater focus, energy and freedom.
Remember this simple truth; you will generate more power, accuracy and consistency with a loose grip. The impact on you, your game and your life is amazing. This is true whether you have a golf club in your hand or not!
This was an excerpt from the introduction in an upcoming book titled, Loosen Your Grip: A Guide to Free Yourself, Your Game and Your Life David Breslow 2007. All Rights Reserved. This very affordable guide will soon be available to everyone. Click here for further details.
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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm