The golf swing starts with the correct grip, stance and set up. This article will show you how to grip a golf club. The grip is one of the most important and overlooked fundamentals since the grip is the only connection you have with the club. Gripping the club correctly promotes the ability to square the club face at impact while a poor grip creates many inconsistent results.
For a right handed player, position the grip through your fingers and under your thumb pad on your left hand. The left hand is placed on the top of the grip and your right hand will be placed on the bottom. The right hand is positioned under the left hand while the thumb pad on your right hand is placed over the left thumb.
When you grip the club, you will form a “V” between your index finger and thumb on both hands. The “V” on your left hand should point somewhere between your chin and right shoulder. The “V” on your right hand should also point in the same direction between your chin and right shoulder. It is crucial both “V’s” point in the same direction so your hands work cohesively throughout the swing. In addition, when you look down you should see at least two knuckles on your left hand.
Be sure to grip with a light grip pressure. This is the first step on how to grip a golf club. A good grip should be tension free, starting in your hands extending up your arms into your upper body. On a scale of 1 – 10, keep a relaxed grip pressure around a 3 or 4. In addition, maintain the relaxed feeling throughout the swing.
How to Grip a Golf Club – Types of Grips
There are three traditional grips known as the ten-finger, interlock and overlap grip. Many beginners, juniors and women grip the club with a ten-finger grip or interlocking grip.
Ten Finger Grip
The ten-finger grip is often referred to as a “baseball grip.” Once your left hand is on the grip, place your right hand over your left thumb and underneath the left hand. The grip is similar to gripping a baseball bat or tennis racket.
The overlapping grip requires you to place your right pinky on top of your left index finger. Similar to the other grips, your right hand will fit over your over your left thumb on the grip. Players with larger hands often prefer an overlapping grip.
Some players feel the interlocking and overlapping grips give a better feeling of the hands working cohesively throughout the swing. Again, be sure when you grip the club that both “V’s” formed between your thumb and index finger will point somewhere between your chin and right shoulder. A grip that is too strong positions the “V’s” to point to the right of the right shoulder while a grip that is too weak positions the “V’s” to point to the left of the chin.
by Matt Keller