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Tip of the Week: Release the tension from your grip

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One of the most underrated aspects of playing golf at a high level and having a good swing is the grip.

And that begs the following question: Is your grip pressure helping you play your best golf or is it hurting your game?

If your grip pressure is too tight not only will it cost you distance but it will add tension to your swing, which also will make it more difficult to keep your shots online.

The next time you play or practice try this little exercise to help you get a better grip on your game.

Set up to the ball as you normally would and just before you start your backswing take a deep breath and then blow all the air in your body out of your mouth.

When you do this you will feel your muscles start to relax and the tension in your grip will go right out of your fingers.

Now go ahead and make your swing and see how much more free your motion feels. Doing this will help you gain speed and control without trying to steer your shots.

You will be tension free and in turn gain more control then ever.

For more tips from Golf Channel to help you improve your grip, click here.