Mark Grace Golf brings over 22 years of teaching experience to the Golf Academy, helping golfers of all ages and skill levels improve their game.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Mark attended the University of Buffalo where he earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science. Introduced to golf as a child by his father, he was later inspired to teach golf after attending the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995.
- Director of Golf at the Golf Academy of Memphis
- Teaching Professional @ Irene Golf and Country Club
- Certified by Penn State in The Biomechanics of Golf
- Level 2 Certified K-VEST
- Certified PING Club Fitter
- Certified Mizuno Club Fitter
- Director of Instruction at Colonial Country Club
- Director for the Memphis Golf Association(MGA)
- Director of Junior Golf at Ridgeway Country Club
- Seven Year Instructor to Tim Jackson
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Teaching, no matter how finite, will be rendered useless if one does not master grip pressure!
With grip pressure comes fluidity of movement, which facilitates balance and allows the
body to react to all the incredible things that occur in the process of swinging the club.
I know many don't understand the importance of grip pressure, for at one point I didn't either. You may ask, “What about swing plane? What about Ben Hogan, Jim Hardy, or Hank Haney?”
They emphasize swing plane. According to the PGA, it was Seymour Dunn who was first credited with the plane concept in the early 1900's. So, swing plane has been around a long time, and it is a reference point. Yes, swing plane is just a geometric reference to balance.
In my mind, the club will not move through space and stay in balance if the hands are tight. (If you want to test the relationship between balance and tension, then get on a balance beam and try to walk across it with your muscles flexed). Dave Pelz, in his Putting Bible, states that there is no truer force than gravity. Gravity is unavoidable. This is the foundation of my teaching. I remove things from the swing that corrupt the interplay between the club, body, and gravity.
The wrist set is a vital component of the golf swing. It is one of two fulcrums that are used to generate power in the swing itself.
The second being the elbow furthest away from the target at address. The proper use of the wrist set governs the structure of the rear arm in the back swing, the plane, the club face, and the proper synchronization of the arms to the body.
In short, the wrist set is the heart beat of the golf swing. Assuming one's grip is correct, this action consists of a bending back and up of a rear hand and the flattening of the forward hand (note: the degree of up and back for both hands in this motion varies according to the placement of the club in the swing). This motion sets the club on plane and orients the rearward elbow to a position where the club can continue on plane to the top of the back swing.
This condition is preferred because it helps synchronize the arm swing to the body turn. Many times if the wrist set does not occur properly, the rear elbow will be out of position causing a host of problems.
In my mind, the wrist set is the great secret of the golf swing. Its function allows many things. The wrists set the club on plane. The wrist cock provides proper structure of the rear arm. The proper structure of the rear arm allows the arms to be synchronized to the body. It is one of two fulcrums that orient the body - to support the club on plane - in a powerful, loaded position.