HOW TO GRIP A GOLF CLUB

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How to grip a golf club . . .

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The grip is the single most important aspect of the golf swing. Without a proper grip, you can't possibly hit a golf ball with the necessary power or accuracy. Your left and right hands should work together, ideally, and one should not dominate or overpower the other. Your fingers, and not the palms of your hands, should guide and control the club. Only then can your wrists swing freely, giving you the clubhead speed you need to hit the ball solidly and consistently.

The Vardon over-lapping grip is the most popular grip.  It allows proper wrist action and accurate direction for your golf shots.


Top-hand placement is critical to achieve the direction and ball contact needed to make a quality golf shot.  The above photo shows the thumb straignt on top of the shaft after soleing of the club.  This is a WEAK grip and will usually product slices or at best pushes to the right.

Thumb placement too far to the right is a STRONG grip.  It usually results in hooks or a pull to the left.  On the side of error, a strong grip is far better than a weak grip.

Instructions

 

First, grasp the golf club with your left hand (assuming you are a right-handed golfer). Your thumb should point straight down the shaft of the golf club. Grip lightly with your thumb and forefinger, and grip tightly with your other three fingers around the shaft. 

Grasp the golf club with your right hand, coming toward your left hand from the other side of the shaft. The palm of your right hand will cover your left thumb. Your right thumb should point straight down the shaft. Grip tightly with your thumb and first finger of the right hand and loosely with your other three fingers.

Overlap the little finger of your right hand so that it is on top of your left hand, resting in the space between your first two fingers. Open the hands to check your grip:

If the shaft rests too much in the palm of your hand, you need to adjust your grip. You need to strive for more of a finger tip grip where the shaft runs from the bottom of your little finger diagonally across to the middle of your first finger. Similarly, keep the club in the fingers of the right hand also. In this way the wrists can fold properly on the back swing, producing more clubhead speed and more power and accuracy in your shot.


The Vardon grip set-up just before the swing.

This is the most preferred top-hand placement.  Thumb placement slightly to the right promotes good club control and good direction of your shots.

Overlapping grip

This grip is used by more golfers than any other type. If you're a right-handed golfer, grab the club with your left hand. Place the small finger of your right hand in the gap between the forefinger and the middle finger of your left hand. Make sure both thumbs are aligned down the shaft of the club. Your grip strength should be about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. That's the equivalent of a firm handshake with a business associate. The overlapping grip gets both hands to work together and is good for golfers who are looking for accuracy.

Interlocking grip

This the grip Jack Nicklaus used and it's excellent for hitting the ball with power. Take hold of the club with your left hand. Take the small finger of your right hand and intertwine it with the index finger of your left hand. Make sure both thumbs are aligned down the shaft. Grip the club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10.

Baseball grip

This is the grip a lot of new golfers start out with, but they often switch to the overlapping grip once they gain more experience. Some golfers, however, stick with it because they find it to be very comfortable. In the baseball grip, pick up the club as if it was a baseball bat. If you are a right-handed golfer, grab the shaft with both hands, using a baseball grip for each. Put the right hand directly below the left on the shaft. Your thumbs also should wrap around the shaft. Your hands work more independently with the baseball grip than they do with the other grips.



 

A grip training tool - a pre-formed correct grip - can be purchased at your local golf shop and installed on a club for you to practice the proper grip.  Your pro-shop associate will properly set the perfect grip on the club for you.  You can even play several practice rounds with the formed grip club to engrain the feel into your game.

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