Your golf grip is one of the most important things to master when you’re trying to improve your game. There’s a reason why so many golf coaches will work on grip before anything else when they’re training new students.
It seems simple right? Just hold the handle and squeeze. But it turns out there’s a lot more to your golf grip than that. And you should be adjusting your grip for each club and situation.
Unfortunately, for many golfers, their grip is one of the most overlooked parts of their swing. It’s important to remember that the grip is the only physical connection that you have between the golf club and yourself. It’s easy to see why it can determine how well you swing.
By working on your grip, you’ll be able to shoot straighter, and have more solid shots. These tips are for right-handed golfers, so if you’re left-handed, simply reverse them to fine-tune your grip.
Perfecting the Basic Golf Grip
When working on your golf grip, it makes sense to start at the beginning. Grab a mid-iron, and let’s get to work on your basic grip:
- Stand up, with your arms hanging naturally down by your sides.
- Take your left hand, and without changing its position, grab the handle of your golf club. The face of the club should be positioned squarely toward your target. The butt end of your club will be resting on the heel pad of your hand.
- Remember: You shouldn’t be holding the club in the palm of your hand. To check this, raise your club to your eye-level and see if it slips out of your hand.
- Imagine you’re facing a clock. The club’s shaft is at 12 o’clock, and you need to place your left thumb at one o’clock on the grip. Now you should be looking at the knuckles of your middle and index fingers.
- Time for your right hand to join the party. Position it over the club, with the pad of your right thumb hiding your left. The club should also be resting diagonally across your right fingers and not in the palm of your hand.
- Check that the “V” formed by the forefinger and thumb of each of your hands is pointing to your right shoulder.
Changing your Golf Grip for Each Club
The above grip is known as the neutral grip and it will work will in a variety of circumstances. The “Vs” of your hands will point between your right shoulder and your neck. This ensures that your club face is square.
If you tend to have a ball or slice that travels to the right, slightly rotate your hands to the right. This will mean that the “V” points even further towards your right shoulder.
This is known as a “strong” grip.
If you want to curve your ball to the right, you’ll do the opposite and will rotate your hands so that the “Vs’ are pointing towards your neck.
If you tend to hit too far to the right or left with a particular club, you can use these grips to correct your shot.
Try out the above grips, and let us know how you do in the comments below!