Why does the grooved golf grip work?

The answer to why the grooved golf grip works has become more clear over the past several months of testing on the PGA tour.

It is a matter of how the human body works, not just how the technology of the golf club.

The Premise:  It is desirable to consistently hit the ball in the center of the club face.

Consistent Center Impact Spots


The Problem:  Testing shows that hitting the ball consistently in the center of the club face is not easily achieved even by PGA tour players.

Not uncommon Tour Player results; impacts all over the driver face.

 The Solution:  The revolutionary Synapse® Grooved Golf Grip will “cause” a golfer with a decent swing and a properly fitted club to hit the ball more consistently towards the center of the club face.  Notice we said, “cause”.  This revolutionary performance enhancing grip requires no lessons or training to improve the center hits on the club face. We proved in with PGA tour player testing. (link to below)

Photograph of textured midsize (left) and standard driver/iron grips.

The “Cause”: The “cause” requires an explanation.  The explanation necessitates understanding how the human body functions and biofeedback.

The Golf Swing, Medically Speaking:  The golf swing written in medical terms looks like this: Golf is dependent upon the player’s innate proprioception, spatial relationships and neurosensory transmission, central nervous system interpretation, psychomotor skills and motor memory execution.

Medically speaking the golf swing sounds impossible.  Furthermore, it happens so fast, in a matter of seconds. No wonder golf is difficult. There is no time to think about anything. In fact, it is best if the golfer does not think about anything except visualizing the best swing he can put on the ball. The execution must have a foundation of solid principles built in prior practice. In other words, he/she must play by feel. Does all this happen without consciously feeling anything? Yes, because there is no time in the split second of the stroke to think or to focus upon any specific feeling! At best the player might capture a single swing thought.  If the player tries two or more swing thoughts, malfunction sets in.  All the biological data must be collected instantaneously in the player’s psychomotor system and executed spontaneously via the musculoskeletal system to complete the stroke.

Medical Explanation:  Understanding how this revolutionary patented, USGA conforming Synapse® Grooved Golf Grip works requires a medical term briefing in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

A Neuroanatomy Lesson:  Our fingers are more sensitive than the palm of our hand and much more sensitive than our back.  The reason is that there are more nerve endings per square inch in the skin of the fingers than the palm or the back.  The patented and registered, trademarked Synapse® grooved golf grip exploits the normal neuroanatomy of the fingers and hands. (link to below)

A Neurophysiology Lesson:  The human hand naturally has ability to determine spatial relationships and 3-dimensional geometry.  It does not require schooling or a physical therapy lesion for a person to reach into their pocket and pull out a car key rather than the adjacent cell phone.   Humans have a second nature for discerning the shapes of three dimensional geometric objects.  This occurs instinctively by the neurological connection to the brain and back again to the muscles of the upper extremity. (link to below blackbag explanation)

Proprioception: This is the normal body function that intuitively knows where it is in space.  For instance, you can close your eyes and move your finger to touch your nose, your ear and even move your right foot so your heel is place on top of your left knee.  No lessons necessary to accomplish these feats. Every good golfer has a high level of proprioception skills.

Back to the Golf Shot:  The golfer utilizes his/her normal neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and proprioception to hit the golf ball in the desired direction and distance.

There is Help for the Golfer:  This USGA conforming grip with US Patented longitudinal grooves enhances the golfer’s perception of where the golf club is in space.  It is intuitive.  It does not require instruction or physical therapy.

Dermal Impression: Most golf grips make some kind of dermal impression.  The human body reads intuitively the dermal impression on the skin of the fingers and hands when the golf grip is grasped.  However, only the Synapse® Grooved Golf Grip has perceptible longitudinal grooves in each quadrant.  These grooves by their size and position make an imprint is at the highest level of human recognition and perception.  If they were smaller than 2 mm wide, it would be below the human perception threshold.

Dermal impression created on the golfer’s thumb by sinking into the groove on the grip.  In this case it is the left hand when the groove is in the neutral position and the thumb is on top of the shaft.

Three Dimensional Shape Perception: This dermal impression is a miniature of the geometric three dimensional shape of the golf club shaft that is registered in the golfer’s neurosensory apparatus. Neurosensory wise the golfer becomes one with the golf club.

Spatial relationship:  The longitudinal dermal impression which is in alignment with the shaft, instantaneously telegraphs to the player’s brain the position of the golf club shaft in space.  No lessons are required.

What does this mean to the Golfer?  It means he/she is connected, even imbedded intimately to the golf club by this dermal imprint created by the Synapse® Grooved Golf Grip.  The golfer grips the Synapse® Grooved Golf Grip resulting in multiple longitudinal dermal impressions on the player’s fingers and hands.  It does not matter where the golfer places their hands on the grip, there will be a dermal impressions.We want feel to be spontaneous and intuitive resulting in better club face impacts for better and more enjoyable golf.  See “The Technology of Feel” of the Synapse® Grooved Golf Grip. www.PrescriptionGolf.com.