How to Grip a Golf Club in Your HandsGolf Lessons in Regina
There are 2 golf grip positions
OVERLAP GOLF GRIP
INTERLOCK GOLF GRIP
One is not superior to the other. It’s a matter of choice and feeling.
Whichever is used you must:
- Practice correctly
- Practice constantly
- Practice consistently
Once you have chosen a golf grip style the next step is the HAND POSITION on the club.
There are 3 options:
THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HAND POSITIONS ON A GOLF CLUB
Strong Golf Grip
The strong grip rotates the lead hand to the trail side so the V-shaped crease between the thumb and index finger points towards the right shoulder.
This grip position will produce a flatter swing plane with the golf club generally being below the shoulder at the top of the swing.
Neutral Golf Grip
This is the most common grip used by golfers.
Both V’s of the thumb and index finger will point to the right ear and the swing plane will be standard to the shoulders at the top of the backswing.
Weak Golf Grip
This is the least commonly used among golfers but can be useful for those who generally hook the golf ball.
HOW TO APPLY YOUR HANDS IN THE
GOLF GRIP POSITION
The LEAD hand (the left hand for right-handed golfers) is leading the swing.
The TRAIL hand (the right hand for right-handed golfers) is following in the golf swing.
GOOD GRIP POSITON
- improves performance
- improves accuracy
- controls the clubface
DON’T OVERTHINK GOLF – KEEP IT SIMPLE
Place the club along the lines shown on the golf glove. The last 3 fingers of your lead hand will provide the grip & pressure needed to secure it properly. The fatty part of the thumb will fit on top of the club shaft for balance.
You should be able to hold the club in this hand directly in front of you and balance it with one hand.
Here the last 3 fingers secure the golf club in the hand. Pressure comes from the top finger (baby) to the middle finger.
The fat part of the thumb sits on top of the clubs shaft to provide balance and stability in the golf swing. The thumb will settle just off center on the opposite side of the applying hand (top right side of shaft for a right handed player).
The index finger will then either interlock or overlap with the opposite or trail hand.
With both hands on the golf club the hands are now connected with each other with an interlocking grip. The 2 colored dots shows 2 knuckles visible producing a neutral grip.
The trail hand holds the golf club with the index and ring fingers with the thumb on the opposite side to the lead hand (top left side) and the index finger simply placed under the clubs shaft.
The fat part of the trail thumb should be covering the thumb of the lead hand.
This shows the completed hand position for a neutral interlocking grip.
The 3 lead hand and 2 trail hand fingers are the primary holders of the golf club with the interlocking fingers providing the means to join the two hands into 1 functioning unit of hands-arms-shoulders-torso.
Which Golf Grip Should I Use?
Try both the Strong & Neutral Golf Grip to determine what is best for you.
Whichever you choose Remember:
Hand Position + Hand Pressure = the Golf Grip
you have to give up control to gain control