As the great American golfer Ben Hogan once said,
“Good golf begins with a good grip.”
The golf grip is the first fundamental in order to achieve a smooth golf swing. Since your grip is the only connection between you and your golf club, we have to make sure that we are placing our hands properly. The grip controls the face of the club at impact. A fundamentally secure grip will allow a golfer to create more power, increase control, shoot straighter, and help ball striking accuracy. Whether you’re new to golf or a seasoned veteran, these steps will shape your grip correctly or help fine tune your grip.
Let your arms hang loosely and naturally at your sides. Being loose is important to any golf swing.
Starting with the left hand (right hand if your a lefty golfer), place the the grip of your club diagonally across your fingers and along the lower palm of your left hand. The golf club should be held more in the fingers than in the palm of your hand.
Now grip the club about half an inch from the end of the grip instead of at the very end. This will help improve control without any power loss. Your thumb should be placed toward the backside of the shaft (about one o’clock). As you grip the club and look down your left hand, you should see a ‘V’ shape made by your thumb and forefinger. You should also see only two and half knuckles, no more and no less.
For the right hand (trailing hand), we start by resting the fleshy pad of your right thumb directly over top of your left thumb. Next wrap your fingers on the right hand around the grip. The club should be resting diagonally across the fingers and not in the palm. The ‘V’ should be pointing directly inside your right shoulder. If this is not the case, then your right hand is too strong or too weak in that position.
The last step is to shimmy your right thumb into the 11 o’clock position. This is the called the neutral grip. Remember these five steps and you will slowly see improvement in your golf swing
Golf Grip Variations
Now that we have a basic understanding on the neutral grip, we will go over a few variations. There are three different variations to the golf grip, Interlinking grip, overlapping grip, and baseball grip. I recommend using whatever grip that feels the most comfortable.
- Interlinking Grip: Take your pinkie finger of the trailing hand and intertwine it with your index finger of your lead hand.
- Overlapping Grip: This grip is also known as the Vardon grip. Take you pinkie finger on your trailing hand and place it overtop between the index and the middle finger of your lead hand.
- Baseball Grip: The least popular of the grip variations. Start out with neutral lead hand grip, then move your pinkie from the your trailing hand close against your index finger of your lead hand. Cover your lead hand thumb with your fleshy pad of your trailing hand.
The last fundamental to a proper grip is the grip pressure. Being aware of how much pressure you apply when gripping the club will lead you to more consistent strikes. On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the strongest grip pressure, your grip should be about a 3 or 4. Try out different pressures and see what results you get.