The reason the grip is so important in each of our swings is that it is the only connection our body has to the club. By applying your hands correctly to the club you will experience more control of the club face at impact.
There are three acceptable grips used in golf. First is the baseball grip in this grip all ten fingers will be resting on the club. The baseball grip is commonly used by juniors or women to allow them to have more control over the club since their hands are typically smaller then men’s. The second grip is the interlocking grip, in this grip you will take your right pinky and interlock it between your left hands index and middle finger. The third grip is the overlapping grip, in this grip you will take your right pinky and overlap it so it is resting on top of your left index finger. All of these grips are acceptable you just need to find the one that feels best to you.
First you want to make sure when you place the club in your left hand (left hand for right handed golfers, right hand for left handed golfers) that the club is resting in your fingers not the palm of your hand. If this is done properly when you close the hand around the club you will notice you can see your index finger knuckle and your middle finger knuckle. Also you will see that the “V” created by your thumb and fore finger will be pointing towards your right shoulder (left shoulder for left handed golfers).
Secondly after we have applied the left hand correctly all that is required to properly place the right hand is to make sure that your left thumb is resting in the crease of your right hand. The “V” created on your right hand should also point to your right shoulder.
Now that we have talked about the position your hands should be in, the next time you pick up a club take a look at your grip and see where the v’s in your golf grip are pointed. If your one of the many people who tend to slice the golf ball more than likely you will notice your v’s tend to point straight up your sternum or at your left shoulder instead of where it should be.(right shoulder) This is called a weak grip which leads to an open club face at impact leading to the ball missing to the right. If you notice when you look at your grip that the v’s are lined up to far to the right of your right shoulder this is what we call a strong grip. A strong grip will lead to a closed clubface at impact causing your shots to tend to go left.
Even when both of your hands are positioned properly on the club the grip is not complete. Lastly we want to concentrate on grip pressure. We are only trying to use enough pressure to control the club we are not squeezing the golf club. If you notice blisters on your hands, tight forearms while gripping the club or just your fingers hurting after playing or practicing you are gripping the club to tight.
Even though the cold weather is here practicing your grip is something that you can work on indoors so by the time the warmer weather of spring arrives you will be comfortable with your new fundamentally sound golf grip.
Chris Wisler – Teaching Pro at Tee It Up Golf
Address: 21 Hagerty Blvd West Chester, Pa 19382
Phone: (610) 429 – 0800