Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been playing golf all your life and you need a recap on the basics, you’re going to want to know how to hold a golf club. It’s a technique that is often overlooked but luckily, that’s why we’ve written this article.
Many golfers may find themselves spending hours, days, months even perfecting their swing or adjusting their all-important stance. Some golfers only focus on their equipment and think that having the best and all new golf clubs will improve their performance.
Well, we’re here to tell you that’s not the secret. The secret is, and always will be, knowing how to hold your club properly. The correct grip on your golf club is often the key to a good round of golf and we’re here to help you achieve this. So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!
Why Is The Grip So Important?
Any golfer will explain to you how important the grip is. It essentially determines how you’re able to transfer energy into the club before hitting and how you are able to maintain control of the club, manipulating how comfortable it is going to be for you during the game.
Long-distance shots require more energy and generate huge amounts of torque in the body. This means that a bad grip will only cause irritability, chafing, and soreness in the hands, as well as painful wrists and finger joints as they absorb the impact from the swing of the club.
If your grip is poor, it can also lead to a poor stance, poor aim, and most importantly a poor swing which can cause low and disheartening scores, ruining that day’s game. So how do I fix this? Well, we’re here to help.
This article will hopefully remind you of how to hold your golf club properly whether you’re a beginner or want to simply switch up your old habits to increase that final score.
The Basic Grip
The basic grip on a golf club follows the same sequence and grips basics as every other more advanced grip. We’ve explained below how to master this basic grip first before trying anything else.
Bear in mind though we’ve written this as if you were playing with your right hand, simply switch hands for each step if you use your left hand.
- Hold the club around waist high and point the clubhead at the floor at an angle. Make sure the clubhead is square to your target or in line with the branding on the golf grip. Next, use your right hand at the top of the golf grip to keep the club steady.
- Once you’re satisfied with the position of the club, place your non-dominant hand on the club and align your grip so that it runs down to the point where your fingers meet the palm of your hand.
- When that grip is aligned, wrap your fingers of your left hand around the club, keeping them relaxed and not too tight. Ensure you leave about 0.5 inches to 1 inch of the golf grip above your hand as you do not want to be too close to the edge.
- Next, you need to have that neutral grip mastered. To do this, rotate your non-dominant hand until you can spot your two knuckles as you look down. Any more will only result in a weak grip and any less will be an extra-strong grip. Allow your thumb to rest down the centre of the grip on top.
- Position the base of your dominant hand on top of your left thumb and close your dominant hand so that your thumb and index finger create a ‘V’ pointing to the middle of your chest. The final step is to wrap the fingers of your dominant hand under the club.
If you follow every step, you should notice by now how close together the hands actually come and sit as one unit. This helps ensure you master a good swing as it allows you to apply force to the club from both hands.
You should also be able to feel all three lower fingers from your dominant hand attempting to make good contact with the grip of the club.
This is how you know you’ve successfully mastered the basic grip. Now, if you’re wondering where your little finger goes, this comes down to attempting the various different and more advanced grips golfers have mastered and shared based on their individual preferences.
10 Finger Grip
The 10 finger grip is popular for beginners who simply want a grip that’s more comfortable and a place to put their little finger. This makes it perfect for players with arthritis or smaller hands.
The grip however leaves little space between the two hands and mimics a baseball bat grip, no interlocking of the fingers should be used and you’ll often have to hold the club towards the middle of the club’s grip area to allow your hands to fit.
This, unfortunately, means that it creates more separation between the two hands than alternate grips and can often lead to inconsistency with your swings.
The interlocking grip involves a player interlocking the little finger of their dominant hand and index finger of the opposite hand so that the hands become linked and you have a slightly more secure grip.
There are instances where a specific strong or weak grip can be helpful. A golfer using a strong grip will form the Vs with his thumbs by pointing towards the trailing arm.
They will also see three knuckles on the top hand. If a golfer is using a weak grip, they will see the Vs formed by their thumbs pointing to the left shoulder and only see one knuckle on their top hand.
We’re ending with the overlapping grip, which is often known as the ‘Vardon’ grip and is the most common grip in the golf world. To master this grip, you should place the little finger of your dominant hand over the top of your fingers on your non-dominant hand.
The finger then typically sits on top of the index finger of the offhand or in the space between your middle finger and index finger of the offhand. This makes it a great grip for those with larger hands.
We hope by reading this article you’ve reminded yourself of how to hold your golf club correctly. The amount of grip you have can be situational and will always affect your shot. For short shots where accuracy is key, try to relax your grip and vice versa.
For more powerful shots, grip a little harder. But keep in mind that over gripping the club can affect the trajectory of your long shots and can even cause hooking when driving off the tee!
So sit down, evaluate, test some grips out, work out what grip is best for you and most importantly, happy golfing!