Gripping a golf club seems like it would be simple, straightforward, and not all that hard to do. Unfortunately, like most things in golf there is much more than meets the eyes. Golfing greats Arnold Palmer, Harry Vardon, and Tiger Woods have attributed much of their success to their grips. Discover below how to improve your grip, and your GAME.
- Hold your club waist-high in front of you, horizontal to the ground, and square the club face.
- Always grab the club with your left hand first. Stretch out the fingers of your left hand; align the club handle with your left palm so it makes a straight line diagonally across your fingers.
- Close your hand around the club. As you grip the club with your left hand, the heel of your palm should rest along the top edge of the handle (but you should still be able to see the tip of the handle).
- Rotate your hand to the right until you see two knuckles on your left hand when you look down. This will give you a neutral grip, which is a great starting point for lots of golfers.
- Position the heel of your right hand on top of your left thumb, so it’s covering. left hand. Close your hand so your thumb and forefinger create a ‘V’ that points to the middle of your sternum. (Via Golf.com)
Types of Golf Grips
There are three golf foundational golf grips that all have their merits. Find the one that fits your game!
This is the grip that most kids start out using. This grip is called the 10-finger because all ten of your fingers are touching the grip independently. This grip might be a good option if you want to increase your swing speed a bit, or if you have smaller hands.
The overlapping grip or “Vardon” grip named after seven-time major champion Harry Vardon became the most popular grip in golf due to its reliability and stability. The overlap is when you position the pinkie finger of one hand and placing it in the ridge between your other hand’s index and middle finger.
The interlocking grip which became popular when Jack Nicklaus came to the PGA Tour in the early 60’s and became even more popularized with Tiger Woods. Now the most used grip throughout the United States the interlocking grip is straight forward. You interlock your pinkie finger with your hand’s index finger.
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