Proper Golf Club Grip Technique

by Bill Winters

Getting your golf grip right is one of the most fundamental parts of a proper golf swing. Your golf grip is your physical connection to your club, which, ultimately, will dictate the outcome of every swing. Knowing how to hold a golf club just right will result in a straighter, more solid shot as your grip determines how the position of club's face at its moment of impact with the ball.

Proper Golf Club Grip: No Simple Task

Most beginner golfers will probably see the grip as a very simple task - just grab the club's handle and squeeze. However, the correct method on how to hold a golf club is way more than just merely grabbing and squeezing a club. There are actually some techniques to get your grip just right such as the one discussed briefly below. Just remember that the instructions are for right-handed players so left-handed players have to make the necessary adjustments.

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Steps for Proper Golf Club Grip Technique

If you're right-handed, grasp the top of the club's grip with your left hand and point the clubhead downward and away from you (around 45-degree angle with respect to your body or the ground).

Proper Golf Club Grip Technique
Proper Golf Club Grip Technique

Then place the edge of the grip so that it will make contact with the fleshy part at the base of your left hand below the pinkie also known as the heel pad. At this point, the grip should run diagonally across your hand to the middle section of your left hand's index finger.

Move your left thumb to clamp down on the shaft pointing to your right slightly. Make sure that the "V" shape formed by your thumb and the rest of your hand is pointing in the direction of your left shoulder.

Proper Golf Club Grip
Proper Golf Club Grip

Now it's time for your right hand to come into the picture by placing it below your left hand. Compared to your left, your right hand should be slightly forward or nearer the clubhead. Then position your right pinkie in the gap between the forefinger and middle finger or just right on top of the left forefinger whichever position is more comfortable for you. Another option is to interlock your right pinkie between the left hand's index and middle fingers.

To complete the golf grip, make sure that your right hand's lifelines (the two lines running horizontally on the palm of your hand or check a palm reading manual) are placed over the left thumb. Then lock the right thumb into position touching the shaft and pointing slightly left. To check the alignment, the "V" shape formed between the right thumb and the rest of the hand should likewise point to your right shoulder.

Check your hands' position relative to the club

Check your hands' position relative to the club. There should be an inch of space between the end of the club and the top of your grip which is the left hand's heel. Deviating too much from this stance might result in a loss of control. In fact, most grips have some sort of a marker indicating where your left thumb should go. Of course, you can also find out for yourself what exact spot seems to work best for you.

Playing Golf
Playing Golf

Now that you've got the correct form covered, it's time to study the pressure of your grip and become a master on how to hold a golf club. Gripping a club too tightly will usually prevent a player from making a full shoulder turn and, as a result, will negatively affect your swing's performance. This situation is quite common to most golfers, especially when playing under pressure. Its usual sign is when you feel the tension in your forearms. Try to loosen up a bit so you can execute that perfect shot.

About Bill Winters

Those who have not yet tried the sport just can’t imagine what is driving these golfers to brave the sun’s heat and go around a course bigger than several football fields combined. It seems like an awful lot of work considering that the ball is quite small that is must be hard to hit, the ground of the course is not flat and, most annoying of all, there are sand traps lying around seemingly bent on preventing a player from finishing the course.

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The game of golf may seem like an awful lot to take on when one considers that the ball is quite small, must be hard to hit and carry through windy conditions with little chance for error. The ground course has hillsides which make it challenging enough without adding sand traps who seem bent on preventing players from completing their round!

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