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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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Learning to play golf while you’re learning to swing is just plain foolish!

Have you ever tried to boil an egg and at the same time start the fire to get the water hot? Obviously this makes no sense. We all know that but that’s what golfers generally do.

Although my Grandfather was a legend in his own time, he always considered him a Golf Swing Trainer and not a professional golf teacher.

He would often say; I’ll teach you the swing and leave the scoring up to you. 

  • That’s it 🙂 and that’s all there needs to be. First learn to swing a golf club (which does not require you hitting a golf ball) then learn to hit a golf ball (you learn to hit a golf ball off a rubber mat not turf) then learn the game of golf.

So many of you accept “Poor” golf and like it yet on the course when you’re playing your round and make a poor shot, everyone of you hisses, curses, makes a negative remark, is disappointed and all of you (at that very moment) wishes you could have a “Do Over”.

Even the best golfers make mistakes but we’re talking about you and me, where the mistakes can happen in an instance and our scores can increase with such velocity that disappointment becomes anger and disgust.

The Joe Norwood Golf Swing (JNGS) is not going to free you from error. It will reduce the errors dramatically so you can have a really great time on the course.

I have hundreds of followers and 90% of them are over 50 and one of them (at last count) was 93 and they all make mistakes but they don’t walk around with the lack of knowledge to correct their mistake. The true JNGS follower knows when the ball goes to the right (usually the hips rotate a bit or the shoulders don’t square) and they know how to correct it because the JNGS is built for everyone.

We all swing the same to the best of our ability. This means that the correction in Japan is the same for the correction in France and so on. JNGS golfers do not need to re-invent the wheel and search, all they have to do is go back to basics and be disciplined about their Golf-O-Metrics.

95% of you who read this post can’t score below 90. 15-30 minutes a day with GOM’s and a few hours a week practicing your swing will bring your score down dramatically.

Joe Norwood taught the likes of Howard Hughes and President Gerald Ford. President Ford practiced well but became insecure around crowds, Howard Hughes became good enough that he could have turned professional but why? He was the richest man in the world and playing tournament golf was not in his destiny but he became a great golfer.

Joe Norwood also taught average golfers and duffers, especially after 1947 when he left Los Angeles Country Club. He loved to teach, I love to teach. I only give personal lessons to JNGS followers and when someone joins the JNGS golfing family, they find I’m available buy email, telephone and video.

The reason I only teach JNGS followers goes back to the boiling egg issue. This swing requires you to discipline your lower body, upper body and hands and someone who is swinging rotationally around a barrel and flipping their hands like a fish on a line just won’t get it unless they take the first step themselves.

I recently sold the BOOK-DVD combo to someone of distinction. There’s no need to boast about the sale and say who he is but in his world he mingles with the rich and famous like Howard Hughes and President Ford.

But when I wrote him his confirmation I treated him like anyone who may be searching for a golf swing. So here is a portion on the email I sent him.

It’s important enough for everyone to read because it’s all about the JNGS.


I’ve never happened across someone like yourself in the Joe Norwood Golf Swing world so I hope you have a real interest in learning about my Grandfather’s golf swing because if you’re looking, as many do, to research and dissect his swing components into a rationality relating to golf swings in general then you’ll be met with disappointment and dissention.

  • The JNGS can be used by 90% of the golfing public but it does take Knowledge, Application, Feel, Judgment & Discipline.

Joe Norwood’s Golf Swing has its beginnings with the professional who taught Alexander Findlay in the late 1870’s and has a lineage that may have started with Findlay but Harry Vardon and Walter Travis had a tremendous impact on My Grandfather in his early years. In fact, this swing is really an extension of the putting technique Walter Travis showed Joe Norwood in 1910 (The right elbow).

If you happened upon my website and have not had the opportunity to visit my teaching forum, YouTube Channel and Blog then please stop by. They are there to offer more assistance to those who realize rotation is the “Root of all Errors” in the golf swing and that’s been the way before my Grandfather and since.

A few things about the book and DVD.

  • Golf-O-Metrics
    • The Artists renditions are mostly incorrect
    • You will find some contradictions but please remember “Gramps” was 84 when he published his book
    • Read the last 4 – 5 chapters on the short game first. You’ll get a better feel for what Joe Norwood has to say about the swing without the mechanics.
    • Read the book slowly. It’s not intended as entertainment, it’s an instructional book and JNGS followers typically read the book continuously.
  • The Anatomy of Golf
    • I once watched a video from 1949 of Louis Armstrong playing with his band. The film was grainy, black and white and in poor shape but just watching this great man play overshadowed the video and it was then I learned that great knowledge is great knowledge regardless of how it is presented.
    • My portion has a full shoulder turn and that’s not the way it’s done (See my YouTube Videos)
    • There is no 1st base
      • You’ll hear Gramps telling me to push out but by the time we shot the video I had discovered the left pectoral muscle and how it is used to keep the shoulders square (the ball seemed to push to the right a lot and Gramp’s just said TRUST the swing – something that he only said a couple of times).
    • Components
      • Bobby Jones – Ben Hogan grip (Both thumbs and forefingers touch) Hogan did not do this with both hands
      • Sealed Wrists (3 parts to the seal)
      • Right elbow is the hinge and the forearm moves with the hinge
      • Backswing to right heel and no farther (no full shoulder turn)
      • Closed stance yet shows as square (see flared left foot)
      • Left thigh locks right thigh into place (heels only 10 inches apart)
      • Right hip set 45 degrees back at address (7:30)
      • Shoulders go to 7:30 (align with hips)
        • Forearm drops to heel
      • Piston Action
      • Crosslateral move into left foot
      • Hands/wrists sealed implementing the delayed impact
      • Follow through has the right arm pointing to target (12:00)
      • Good Luck

My followers tend to be Baby Boomers who study or have always wanted to know how the great Scottish golfers taught. Everyone swings the same, something you’ll have to agree to try or you just won’t get the full Joe Norwood Golf Swing experience of how to hit a golf ball straight on purpose.2

Everyone who purchases the Book and DVD are invited to contact me for assistance. I teach this swing over the phone, by email or video lesson. I’ve spent many hours with followers helping them over the phone. It’s very easy because the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is 1swing4all, we all swing the same.