Understanding how to grip a golf club is a vital component of the golf swing.
You can trace back numerous problem faults and shots to the way depending on how you grip the clubSometimes it’s important to get back to the basics whether you are a pro or a learnerThis is to make sure that bad golf club gripping behavior isn’t creeping in.
A proper golf grip can boost your ball striking skills, make you consistent, fix your slice, and provide you an all-around nice golf game. Even if you are preparing for a 300-yard tee shot or getting ready for a two-foot putt, you must understand how to grip the club properly.
So, what’s the right way to do it?
Step 1: Start by Evaluating Your Current Grip
Unless you are an amateur or a seasoned pro with many years of experience, this is a good chance to boost some expertise to your golf game. The first thing here is thinking about your current grip, then admit that it’s not that perfect. How can you pick the club? Which style do you use to hold it? How are your fingers positioned on the club? Is it comfortable? Do you want to improve? Well. Get ready to learn.
Step 2: Check On the Grip Size
Clubs have rubberized grips on them with a standardized size. But that shouldn’t guarantee you that they are the best ones for you! There are many different sizes in the market. But for now, make sure you stick to the golf club that you have. Although if you find out that your current golf club is slicing or pulling consistently– despite adapting to the hold, buy new ones.
But before buying, please check on the shape and size of your hands. If you have short fingers and petite hands, be sure to buy smaller grips. If your hands look like a shovel, then check out on a larger grip.
Step 3: Hand Positioning
Now it’s time to hold the golf club then begin perfecting the handgrip. The best thing to do here is picking it up using your weaker hand.
After that, twist your hand over to help you see the two knuckles of your left hand. With that done, point over the ‘V’ shape that your thumb and the index finger have developed on your right shoulder.
As you do this, allow for approximately half an inch of the club to move out of the upper part of the grip.
Then make sure your left thumb is pointing downwards towards the right side of the shaft. Next, grip the club using your right hand. Ensure you place your right thumb on your left thumb. Furthermore, position the right thumb towards the left side of the club. Let it face downward.
If you find all this a bit hard and are not bold with your hand setting, don’t fret! There are numerous special molded grips sold that can solve the problem. They are designed in such a manner to direct you where your thumbs, fingers, and hands should be positioned.
Step 4: Get A Sharpie
When going out for training, make sure you carry a sharpie inside your bag. In case you aren’t sure concerning how the club is placed on your left hand, there is a solution. Draw two lines on the glove at the right angles to assist you.
Doing this will help you understand the position of the club on your grip then provide you with some boost of assurance that you aren’t underestimating it.
Again you shouldn’t worry; you aren’t breaking any professional or clubhouse rules. Just mark the golf in this manner to help in boosting your grip.
Step 5: Overlapping Vs. Interlocking Golf Grip
This is the last piece in the puzzle of whether to link your hands with your fingers or not. Most players do this, and others don’t. However, linking fingers together facilitates a perfect wrist hinge with a more excellent solid overall grip. The “The Overlapping Grip” or ‘The Vardon Grip” is the most common type of finger linking.
Here, you link together by placing the pinky right finger between the middle finger on the left hand and the index finger. The remaining thing to do is aligning your left-hand thumb with the center of your right-hand palm.
Step 6: Check On Hand Pressure
You shouldn’t hold the golf club tightly that your knuckles turn white. You aren’t riding a coaster nor playing golf. Also, don’t make the grip too light when playing a shot as you may find yourself losing control over the golf club.
When you hold the club tightly when playing a shot, you can find yourself releasing the club heel on the ball rather than the face. Doing this will make you deliver poor strikes making you lose control with each club inside your bag.
Ensure your hands are holding the club firmly and softly and relax them. You can also waggle the club if you want. Doing that mostly helps in shaking off some tension on the arms and wrists.
That’s how to grip a golf club. The technique described here is ‘neutral’ grip. It’s the natural and most common way you can use to grip a golf club. It’s important to learn this way; then, later, after developing proficiency and confidence, you can learn all the other styles of gripping a golf club. From there, you’ll adapt and improve your game skills.