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60% weak hand, 40% strong hand, right?

70% weak hand, 30% strong hand?

80% of the available strength in your weak hand?

I honestly don’t know. I’ve heard all of these things from big name instructors over the years and I’m not sure any of them are really right. I’ve been playing around with my grip a lot lately and I’ve basically come to one conclusion:

Grip as hard as you can with your strong hand without disturbing your trigger pull (which probably isn’t all that hard) and then grip as hard as you can with your weak hand. This seems to give me the best results.

I’m not sure the ratio from strong hand to weak hand is really important, the most important thing is gripping hard. You could grip the gun 60% weak hand and 40% strong hand and still be holding it daintily, and that’s not going to get you anywhere.

To put it in perspective, when I’m dryfiring and really focusing on the grip I’m gripping so hard that I need to take a break for a 7 or 8 minutes and browse Facebook and Instagram until my weak hand feels normal again. It seems to be giving me the most actual shooting results over anything else I’ve tried in years.

Here’s the other thing: I don’t feel like I need a grip strengther thing to squeeze on all the time, as I’m physically strong enough to grip the gun really hard, I just need to train myself to do it all the time.

Your mileage may vary, but don’t be afraid to try new things and do away with the conventional wisdom. A lot of it isn’t wise.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

One comment

  1. Luke

    Great post on grip. Just grip hard with weak hand without impeding smooth trigger press.

    I think training grip strength can help build endurance. Stronger grip can help thru a match and help you be more consistent. Same way that strength training helps overall athletic performance through endurance. A little regular strength training goes a long way. One doesn’t have to be crazy about it

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