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As long as I have been playing golf, I’ve heard and read that tension in the golf swing is a “shot killer.” I never understood how there could not be tension when we are told to keep a certain grip pressure, to keep our left arm straight in the backswing, to turn our hips back and then forward, to rotate our wrists one way then another, etc. All golf swing movements require some form of muscle strength (contraction). Muscle contraction translates to tension plain and simple.

Muscle Tension versus Static and Dynamic Tension
Here is an example of muscle tension. Holding on to a golf club requires that you have the strength in your hands to put pressure on the grip. Consequently, grip pressure creates tension in the hands and wrists. The more pressure, the more tension. Fortunately, this is a situation where you have the opportunity to reduce muscle…

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