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Golf fundamentals – How to grip the golf club

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grip de golfeurHaving a good golf grip is imperative to playing well. As the saying goes ‘ you’ll never see a good golfer with a poor grip’, after all your grip is the only connection you have with the golf club. A good repeatable golf grip will help you control the position of the clubface and ultimately give you more consistency out on the course. In this article we discuss the benefits of a good golf grip and how you can master one of golf’s fundamentals.

Let’s start by saying that the best golf grip is one that works for the individual player. We have seen many golf professionals with unorthodox grips that can play the game very well. This is usually due to the fact that they practice for many hours and over time have honed this grip to work for them. We are assuming that you are a mid to high handicap golfer who does not have thousands of hours to train an unorthodox golf grip so a more orthodox option may work better for you.

Take your golf stance and hang your arms down in front of you with your palms facing inwards. Now take hold of a golf club with you left hand. The grip of the club should be across the centre of your index finger and the fleshy pad of your palm rests on the top of the golf handle. Close your fingers around the golf grip and feel that you are gripping the club lightly with all fingers but giving more support from the last three fingers. Your left thumb should be slightly to the right of the centre of the golf grip with the ‘v’ formed between your thumb and index finger pointing towards your right shoulder. As you look down at your left hand on the golf grip you should be able to see two or three knuckles. If you are seeing more knuckles then the grip is to strong and may result in a shot that travels to the left or if you see less knuckles then your grip is considered weak and will result in a shot that travels to the right.

Next place your right hand on the golf grip. As you do so your right hand should cover your left thumb. Again the ‘v’ formed between your thumb and index finger will point towards your right shoulder. As a checkpoint you should now only be able to see the knuckle of your index finger on your right hand.

There are three ways in which you can connect your left and right hands on the golf club. The Vardon grip as developed by Harry Vardon where the left hand holds the club as already described and the right hand little finger overlaps the index finger of the left hand. The interlocking grip as the name suggest interlocks the little finger of the right hand with the index finger of the left hand. This is a great grip for beginner golfers and easily give the correct feeling of both hands working together. Finally the Baseball grip is where both hands are placed on the golf grip with no interlocking. The left and right hand butt together. Again a useful grip for beginners whose grip tends to be weak with shots tending to go to the right.

Which ever grip you decide to use one thing that is common thought is how tight you hold the club. You must ensure that you hold the golf club in your fingers with a light grip that allows your wrists to hinge properly and swing freely through the ball. If you imagine a scale of one to ten. One being the lightest grip and ten the strongest. You should be holding the club no higher than a six. Your playing partner should be able to pull the club out of your hands with little effort. If you are holding the club to tight you will struggle to play to your potential and lose valuable distance with your clubs.

Trying to change any part of your golf game can feel very strange. The slightest change not even visible to you or your playing partners can feel very dramatic to you. We suggest that if you are trying to change your grip then have golf clubs around you house and back yard so you can practice your golf grip throughout the day. Alternatively why not try a swing trainer with a grip already formed.

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The Golf Talk team