Strong Grip Effects: Boo Weekley’s Swing in Texas

Hi guys, “The Lag Doctor” Clay Ballard here. After four years without a victory, Boo Weekly won his third Plaid jacket, this time in Texas.

Glad to see Boo back in the winner’s circle, as he’s certainly one of the most entertaining and funny guys on tour. Here’s an analysis of Boo Weekley’s swing compared with Tiger’s…

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Strong or Neutral Grip

This week we want to look at a comparison of Boo’s ‘Strong’ grip and Tiger’s ‘Neutral’ grip to explain and answer some questions that you may have if you are hooking the ball, and/or simply want to add more speed to your swing.

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Boo’s grip is rotated to the right and cupped while Tigers’s grip is neutral and his left wrist flat.


Boo’s grip is rotated substantially to his right, and the ‘V’s’ in his hands point up and outside of his right arm.  Compare the address positions and you see that Tiger’s hands are set neutral. His left hand is flat, and the ‘V’s’ formed point between his ear and right arm.

This affects the downswing and delivery of the club through impact.  Boo’s left hand is still cupped on the downswing. Tiger’s left hand is flat.

Rotation = Speed

Because of the cupped position, Boo must hang on through impact. Tiger is able to aggressively rotate the club face through impact, which increases speed. This helps to explain why Tiger’s a longer hitter than Boo.

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Tiger’s flat left wrist allows him to aggressively rotate through impact


If you want to increase and gain club head speed and distance, you may want to consider changing to a more neutral grip, which will allow you to rotate the club more aggressively like Tiger.

Lag and Release

I want to clarify that Boo does have a good quality golf swing release, especially when we look at the angles and leverage he has and how he releases those angles through to full extension. These are qualities that all great ball strikers share and help them to hit the ball long and powerfully.

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Boo does maintain quality lag.
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Full extension is a powerful trait of great ball strikers.

If You Want to Gain Speed and Distance…

  • Consider a Neutral Grip
  • Neutral Grip allows naturally aggressive club face rotation
  • Lag is the “Secret to Golf”
  • Full extension provides power

Now for you Premium Members, this is a good time to go back to the proper golf swing grip video and see what I’ve been talking about. Then watch the left hand release video, which will help you understand how to increase your swing speed.

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