First, let me say that I am going to explain grip for a right-handed golfer. If you are left-handed you simply want to reverse this.
Gripping the club may sound easy and like it’s no big deal, but I believe this is one of the most overlooked fundamentals.
Gripping the club is like picking up a bucket of water with a handle. You do this with your fingers not the palms of your hand. You want to hold the golf club in your fingers. Your fingertips are where your feel is.
There are three grips you can use to hold the golf club. None is any better than the other. It is simply a matter of preference.
When you grip the club your hands must be together – not separated. They must work together as a unit.
Grip #1: The Baseball Grip
In the baseball grip, all ten fingers are on the club.
- Grip the club in the grooves of your fingers
- Start with your top hand (left hand for a right-handed golfer)
- Tuck the top end of the grip about ½ inch down from the end under the fatty part of your left palm
- Then wrap your hand over and rest your thumb just on the grip pointing towards the ground
This will form a V between your thumb and your forefinger. The V should be pointing somewhere between your right shoulder and right ear.
- Next, you want to get your bottom hand (right hand for a right-handed golfer) on the grip
- Lay the grip in the grooves of your finger and slide your hand up the grip until your right pinky finger is touching your left forefinger
- Now wrap your right hand over so that the fatty part of your right thumb is resting on top of your left thumb
- Let your right thumb rest just to the left of the center of the grip
Again this forms a V between your right thumb and forefinger. The V should be pointing somewhere between your right shoulder and right ear.
Grip #2: The Interlock
This grip is the same as the baseball grip with one variation.
- The variation in this grip is to take your left forefinger and interlock it with your right pinky finger
Grip #3: The Overlap or “Vardon Grip”
Again this grip is the same as the baseball grip with one variation.
- The variation in this grip is to take your right pinky finger and overlap your left forefinger
A few things to remember no matter which grip you use…
- Do not grip the club so tightly that you create tension in your hands and arms – this will not allow you to swing the club freely
- Do not grip the club so tightly that you see the whites of your knuckles
- There are three pressure points in the grip
- Last three fingers of your left hand
- Your middle and ring fingers on your right hand
- The fatty part of your right thumb pressing lightly on the top of the left thumb
Important Point: Your grip must be comfortable. It is your only contact with the golf club. So try all three grips until you find the one that works best for you.
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