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How To Get The Joe Norwood Grip Without Using A Club

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View the Index Finger Knuckles and how the club is set diagonally his Joe’s hands

The Grip Re-Visited

By Dan Norwood


How to obtain the Joe Norwood Grip without using a club.


  1. Let’s begin with the right hand
    1. Put your right in front of you and just make sure the palm is facing 12:00, the thumb is extended away from the other fingers and the remaining 4 fingers are inline.
      1. Think of it as a straight surface similar to a martial arts “Karate” chop position.
    2. All 4 fingers have 3 joints, the thumb has two. It is imperative that you understand about the 3 joints of the fingers.
    3. Index finger position
      1. The index finger position is very important in obtaining the “Hook” as Joe would put it.
      2. Keeping the tip of the index finger in line with the middle finger move the index finger into the hand.
  • While performing this move you will notice the 2nd joint of the index finger raises above the middle finger. This is called the “Hook”
  1. Make sure there is no straight line with any of the joints. The 3rd joint of the index finger will be pointing to the direction of the nail on the middle finger, the 2nd joint will be elevated above and inside the “Pad” of the middle finger.
  2. Practice this move a few dozen times before this next move.
  3. With the “Hook” now in place and the thumb off to the right just bring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger and you should see a “V”.
    1. Keeping the “Hook” in place begin moving the thumb away from the tip of the forefinger by using the 1st joint of the thumb, it reacts like a hinge. All you need to do now is just keep the forefinger in position and move the thumb back and forth until this action becomes comfortable.
    2. Never let the index finger tip drop below the middle finger just keep the index finger in line and move the thumb to the index finger.
  4. The left hand
    1. The left hand is performed exactly as the right hand and in the same order. It may take a little longer with the left hand for right handed golfers.
  5. Once you become comfortable with both hands you can then take your grip and the Right Pinkie or small finger will latch into the hook of the index finger.
  6. Since the right palm sits on the left V it is imperative that the left thumb not be protruding or extending thus creating an uncomfortable position for the right hand.
    1. Make sure both thumbs and forefingers align evenly, this will take some effort in the beginning but will become second nature as you become better influenced with this grip.
  7. Both hands:
    1. When the grip is proper both primary joint knuckles of the middle finger of each hand will be noticeable. To check this all that is needed is to look down at your grip. If you cannot see the middle finger knuckle all you have to do is turn in each hand and if you can see the third finger knuckle then all that is needed is for you to turn out the appropriate hand.
    2. Once you get the grip you will have completed the first phase of the Sealed Wrists.
    3. The 2nd phase of the sealed wrists begin with cupping or moving each wrist north to its maximum. This is called a concave wrist.
    4. Understand that the wrists only move in four directions. There is no roll with the wrists there is only movements North and South and East and West.
    5. There is roughly 180 degrees in flexibility in the wrists on and East – West Basis and 90 degrees on a North South Basis. The 135 degrees East – West basis is one of the main causes of swing error with the hands.
    6. You can determine this for yourself simply by extending your right wrist back as far as it will go which is about 45 degrees then extend the same wrist from that position forward as far as it will go and you will see this flexibility is roughly half a circle or 180 degrees.
      1. East extends back to a maximum of 45 degrees from square.
      2. West extends forward to a maximum of 135 degrees and a total of 180 degrees from each point of East to West maximum.
    7. You can also check the North – South basis from square simply by moving your wrists North and South. The extensions or flexibility is roughly 45 degrees in each direction.
  8. Sealed Wrist
    1. So assuming you are able to understand the above, the second phase of the seal is the extension of both wrists North to there maximum, this will result in a concave wrist of both hands.
    2. The final phase of the seal is during the first motions of the backswing with the hands as the right hand locks into its maximum Eastern Basis which is 45 degrees thus pulling the left wrist along to extend itself so that the left arm is lengthened by 2-3 inches depending on the size of your hands.
  9. At no time during the swing do the hands release from their seal. Once locked the hands hold the club head back of the hands and the hands move through the impact zone and into the follow through zone well before the club ever gets to that position, although it may seem differently due to the extreme speed of the arms.
  10. Once you become comfortable with the grip then the next step is to learn how to perform this swing without a golf club utilizing the Joe Norwood Grip
    1. This two will take a bit of work and (at first) feel uncomfortable until you begin to get the feel from the mechanics.
    2. Looking at both hands you interweave the last 3 fingers of each hand together leaving enough room to turn in the left wrist into the right palm. Do not clasp the hands just interlock the last 3 fingers lightly.
    3. Then take the left thumb and forefinger V position and turn the left and 45 degrees into the right palm. The left thumb will hug the end of the right palm just like with the regular grip. The difference here is that the hands are more compact due to their interweaving clasp of the last 3 fingers.
    4. Once the left V is in position then roll the right hand over the left V and allow some flexibility with both hands to fit into their positions.
      1. Once completed you will be able to see both middle finger knuckles and both thumbs and forefingers will be in position so that you can then create phase 2 of the seal and phase 3 of the seal simply by moving your hands and locking them.
      2. The arms don’t move.
  • There is no club to be concerned about
  1. Your grip is secure
  2. You can continue to work on your grip until you “Own” it
  3. Once you own the grip then you can begin your swing practice which is something to be discussed later.1988 AOG DN Address
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The only credentials one needs in teaching golf is the smile on the golfers face

I’ve spoken to many teaching professionals, all whom disagree with me, who have accolades from one group or another and one thing stands out. These endorsements are rarely from the common golfer and never from a beginner golfer.

I’ve often invited teaching professionals to come to my forum and debate their knowledge with mine. In 8 years no one has come forth. It could be that they deem me unimportant, it could be they feel my knowledge of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is less than stellar or it could be many things but it is important to note that no teaching professional is willing to enter into a discussion between what they consider a golf swing is or should be and the simple fact that Joe Norwood designed a golf swing that is universal in nature, that mechanics can lead to feel and that there is one method more consistent which allows the golfer to hit a golf ball straight. I do require any debate to be in writing and this could be an issue also. 

I’ve often posed the challenge to any top professional teacher to compete for one hour and teach someone who has never had a golf club in their hands before and after the hour to see who has gained more knowledge, the teachings of a Top 100 teacher (whom I’ve never seen teach a true beginner) or me the teacher of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing method.

I’ve taught many beginners in the past, don’t teach beginners any more unless they show a commitment to the Joe Norwood Golf Swing by investing $80 and purchasing The Anatomy of Golf and Golf-O-Metrics but when I did take on a “Newbie” it didn’t take long to get them to hit the ball in the air and have some understanding as to how they did it.

The issue came down to my invested time which is why I’ll teach online all day long and shoot videos and talk golf but when it comes to teaching my followers now have to be followers.

I remember Andy coming to me one September day, with his bag of clubs he had just purchased at a golf outlet and said teach me how to play. I told him he should never have invested money into golf clubs as a beginner since he would be changing sets at least 3-4 times which he has. He had this 500cc driver and the pro at the store said he could not miss the ball with it.

I said he was right, you won’t miss the ball with it but that doesn’t mean you’ll get the ball in the air with it and he didn’t for several months

It was September and I told Andy I would take him on (since he was also a very dear friend on mine) but that he was prohibited from playing on any golf course until Spring. He agreed and we met 2-3 times a week at the local range and began his journey.

The following April he played 9 holes for the very first time in his life and his score was 55. He still has that score card today. He topped the ball, he sliced the ball, his short game stunk but still he hit enough good shots and learned enough about what to do (of course I was with him through the entire round giving him instructions) that at the end of the day, his score was as good as the average golfer of today who has played at this game for decades.

Andy stayed in the JNGS stable for a couple of years until he started listening to the golf channel and reading. As Gramp’s would say; Don’t get too good too quick.

Andy summed it up in one sentence. The JNGS is not what teachers teach and he can’t have two masters. He did take one lesson seriously which was to practice his short game a lot.

Andy is in his 60’s and enjoys playing on his home course. His score is somewhere in the mid 80’s and he hopes to break 80 some day and I hope he does. He would talk about teaming up with the young “Buck’s” who hit the ball 300 yards and would laugh it off because at the end of the day, his score was 8-10 strokes better.

I guess Andy was my happiest lesson other than the only lesson I ever gave to my best friend of over 45 years Toby. I’ll talk about that story another day but simply this man listened with such admiration and was at the Studio City Range with Gramps when I gave him this lesson and his very first shot was a 7 iron bullet perfectly hit. It’s a lesson that taught me a lot and a lesson I’ll never forget.

If you can’t break 90 then stop playing golf for six months. Begin a regimen of focused practice not on hitting balls but on how to hit a golf ball. Traveling in time and never breaking 90 does not do justice to your endeavor.

Gramp’s taught until he was 98, I’m 63 so I still have 35 more years of teaching. I would rather teach that play. I never saw Gramp’s hit balls like I do. I missed that part of his life. I learned the greatest golf swing ever conceived from a man who never hit a golf ball beyond 30 yards.

Learn that confidence and you’ll learn a lot about life and golf.

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