Tne important fundamental skill that needs be mastered in the game of golf, is learning how to grip a golf club correctly.
Although you can learn about proper gripping techniques in under ten minutes, it can take much practice before you are able to get the proper feel for the club and the correct position. But keep practicing until it becomes second nature!
Before I get started with this step by step guide, I will go through a quick overview about the advantages of learning to grip a golf club correctly. These can be condensed into three major benefits:
1. Wrist Power – The only physical connection you have with your club is through your grip. Learning the correct position will help you to generate the maximum amount of power through your wrist.
2. Hitting In A Straight Line – The proper grip will help to control the face position of the club which will help you to keep the projection of the ball straight when you swing.
3. Club Control – Using the correct grip will dramatically help you in gaining control over the club and the direction you want it to go in.
How To Grip A Golf Club Correctly Step By Step
(For Right Handed Golfers)
Step 1. I will start with the hand position of the left hand first. Hold the club out horizontal to the ground at about waist level. Making sure the clubface is square, open the palm of your left hand and place the club so it is positioned diagonally across the palm. The line should start roughly 6mm from the base of your little finger, up to your forefingers middle joint.
Step 2. A good trick to see if you have this position right is to look at your left hand when you close it around the club. In the address position you should see two knuckles clearly visible on the index and middle fingers. Also make sure that you do not have your hand on the very edge of the handle, part of it should be visible .
Step 3. The left thumb should be positioned slightly to the right of the center of the grip. You should be able to see a V-shape that is created by your thumb and the forefinger. This “V” should point back towards a place between your face and your shoulder.
Step 4. Now that you have got the left hand position sorted, it’s time to move on to the right hand. Make sure while you are getting your right hand into position that you do not alter the left hand position. It should not move at all and instead it needs to stay strong and solid.
Step 5. The right hand is placed below the left hand and the palm of the right hand should be facing the target. Make sure the club is positioned so that it touches the middle joints of the first three fingers.
Step 6. The left thumb should now fit snugly inside the right hand. Make sure the position of your right thumb is slightly to the left of the center of the grip. It should form a V-shape as you do this.
Step 7. The V-shape on both the right and left hand should both be pointing at a position between your face and right shoulder.
Now that you have the correct grip for both the left and right hand, you will need to learn how to link your hands so that they work together as one when you strike the ball. There are three major hand grips called:
The overlap (Vardon), interlock, and two-hand (Baseball). The most popular of the three, is the overlap which is done by placing the little finger of your right hand between the index and middle finger of the left hand.