In order to achieve more distance, a better feel, more consistent ball striking and a better result with every strike, it is important to adopt a correct golf grip and not to develop any bad habits. We have prepared a 4 step guide that will help you get the perfect swing using a correct golf grip. We believe that practice makes perfect, and while you can easily use a device such as the SKLZ Grip Trainer to learn how to position your hand better and to maintain proper grip, we believe there is no substitute for practice, The instructions for left-handed players are the same, except in reverse.
How to achieve a correct golf grip – left hand
- Step 1. Place the club in the fingers of your left hand. Sounds easier than it is. Ensure that the grip of the club runs from the center of the index finger to the base of the little finger.
- Step 2. -Make sure that you grip the club half an inch (around 1.3 cm) from the end of the club. This will improve your control of the club tremendously and increase your ball striking ability tremendously when compared to gripping the club at the end of the stick.
- Step 3. Your grip should now be in a neutral position, where there are around 2.5 knuckles visible and a “V” shape made by your left thumb and forefinger, pointing towards your right shoulder.
- Step 4. Double check that your grip is ok. If more than 2.5 knuckles are visible your grip is too strong while if you see less than 2.5 knuckles, your grip is too weak. Try and aim for a neutral position as this will greatly help in achieving consistent results.
How to achieve a correct golf grip – right hand
There are a few key differences between gripping the club with the left hand and the right hand.
Make sure you place the fleshy pad of your right thumb on top of your left thumb. The “V” shape that is created between your thumb and your forefinger should ideally be towards your chin, meaning that your grip is in a neutral position. If you find that this “V” shape is pointing over your right shoulder, your grip is in a too strong position. Alternatively, if you notice that the “V” shape is pointing over your left shoulder, your grip is in a too weak position. Try to make sure your grip is somewhere in the middle.
Three types of grips
It is hard to say what is a proper, or correct golf grip as each person holds the club, slightly differently, even amongst professional players. However, in general, there are three types of grips:
- 1. The interlocking grip. In this grip, pinky finger on the right is locked between the middle and index fingers of the left hand (assuming that the golfer is right-handed). Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods both use this grip, and it is widely regarded as an extremely efficient way to grip the club, in particular with beginners or people that lack forearm grip.
- 2. The overlapping grip. This grip is also called the “Vardon” grip, named after its originator, English golf legend Harry Vardon. Withthis grip, you place the right pinky finger on top of the seam between the middle finger and the left index finger. This grip is extremely common and often seen both at amateur and pro level.
- 3. Last but not least, you have the baseball grip, or also called the 10 finger grip. It is not seen as often as the other grips but it is well-known as it feels like you are generating a tremendous amount of power. It is achieved by simply not linking your hands with each other, but instead, the right pinky finger will be pressed against the left index finger. This grip is commonly seen by children when they first start swinging a golf club and is for most people, not a correct golf grip. When practicing at any level, it is really recommended to try either the interlocking or overlapping grip.
If you are looking to perfect your grip even more and to fine-tune your swing, we recommend the SwingRite Training Aid. This aid will help you know exactly where your hands are releasing and allows you to work on and perfect the most vital aspects of your golf swing. Invented in 1960 and made in the USA, SwingRite has been used by millions of golfers world-wide.