I reached this conclusion when I realized that the four gentlemen in this small study group of mine (only the four best players of all time) all had idiosyncratic moves that may have been caused or at least influenced by the weak grip.
Not to mention, all four leaned quite heavily into the left foot at address, even if they were properly positioned spine-tilt-wise, likely another artifact that has something to do with the grip.
It’s like this – the weaker your grip at a certain point, the more you have to lean into your left side at address – I couldn’t make the grip work because you will never catch me leaning into my left foot in this manner.
I want my setup to be as close to my impact position as possible. That is optimal, for obvious reasons.
If you look at the four above, I mean you actually start leaning to your left looking at them all!
Not for me, and definitely not optimal, however great they all were as swingers – and that’s why I always say Jack Nicklaus was closest to optimal, but closest to doesn’t actually get the train into the terminal, does it?
Another reason for this conclusion is that my own issues with my current execution of the MCS Classic Golf Swing model, I am thinking after these days of contemplation following the last session, have to do with another facet of the setup.
It is definitely the setup, just not in the grip, I’m leaning now.
I am positive of this now because of the work I’m doing on another part of the setup procedure that doesn’t lead to the standard grip being an issue, meaning that if this is the area, the standard grip wasn’t an issue, just that mine was too strong for a long time.
Once I determine if my current avenue of investigation is the answer, I’ll know the exact nature of the grip simply by looking at my own in the setup.
I’m running out of puzzle pieces to exchange, but that’s actually a good thing – even blindfolded, when you find the right puzzle piece for the spot on which you’re working, it fits perfectly without forcing.
You can’t eliminate a possible piece until you’ve tried it (let’s say they’re all similarly shaped and are in a solid hued part, like open sky), but that will only frustrate someone who hasn’t got the patience to try them all until they get the right one.
I think my patience levels will hold up to the end.
More to come!