Good golf begins with a good grip. – Ben Hogan (Golf Legend)
More than 81% of golf teachers acknowledge that grip is one of the first things that they teach students.
In this article, you will get to know every detail of gripping the golf club properly. But first, let me tell you why the golf grip is so much important.
Butch Harmon answers this and says that the only connection you have with the golf club is the grip. So, if you get it wrong from the beginning, your dream of winning a future tour will remain a dream forever.
Without getting into Mumbo Jumbo, here’s what you will get to know from this article-
- Learn to make a proper grip perfectly step by step
- Avoid common mistakes that will hurt you later
- Learn the difference between strong and weak grip
- How you can choose the best grip style for you
- Pro tips to boost your Golf game from the beginning
I will keep this guide as short and simple as possible. But before we jump into the steps, you need to know few basic things.
Basic things you need to know
The lead hand is your left hand, and the trail hand is your right hand. Your hands and its position will determine what kind of grip you can develop.
Lead hand= your left hand
Trail hand= your right hand
But remember the neutral grip is the one I am going to talk about most and that’s the best way to begin learning golf.
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How to hold golf grip for beginners (in 2 easy steps)
Step 1: lead hand placement
Place the grip of the club through the base of your fingers on your lead hand. The grip must run through the fingers diagonally.
When you get this right, wrap the fingers around it.
Now put the pad of your hand on the top of the club handle. The pad should feel like it is squashed on the top of the handle. Rest your thumb gently on the grip.
With this grip position, you can very much rotate your hands to the right or left.
Three things will ensure that you have got this step right:
- You will feel that you are holding the club very much in your fingers.
- The tip of the thumb should be in level with the index finger.
- The lead hand fingers are pointing down towards your knees.
2 Common faults beginners make
- when you hold the club in your lead hand, the fingers point towards the ground.
- When you grip the club, you can see there is a gap between your little finger and the club. The pad is more underneath rather than squashing on the handle.
Drill for left-hand grip (lead hand)
I found this drill very useful. It’s a drill that professionals teach beginners getting the grip right.
The tee peg drill can help you ensure that you are doing this first step perfectly.
Get a Tee peg and place it between the crease of your thumb and the index finger. Now grip the club with the techniques I have shown.
If you stand in front of a mirror, you should get a better view of this drill. So, if you can get the tee peg run straight down the club, that should be your ideal way of holding the club.
You are done with your lead hand, and you can be sure that 80% of your problems are solved. Just a few more steps left to solve the remaining 20%.
Step 2: Trail hand placement
Place your Trail hand on the grip on the side of your lead hand fingers. Your trail hand fingers should also point towards your knees.
Now wrap your trail hand fingers on the grip. It should feel like the club is placed on the fingers and not the palm.
Here is the front view!
Pro tip for lead hand grip
When you wrap your fingers around the club, an important thing you must notice.
The upper part of your lead hand thumb should fit right into the middle of the two pads of the trail hand. More precisely just below the top pad.
If you follow this pro tip you should have complete control on the club and your hands- the club will work as one unit. So, the club will slip less in your hands when you are making a swing.
Common fault beginners make here
You are placing your palm too much underneath the golf club.
Drill for right-hand grip (trail hand)
Yes, for this step as well I have a drill for you. Tee peg will save you again.
Place the tee peg on the same position as I mentioned earlier but now in your trail hand.
The rule is the same here. If you hold your club with both your trail and lead hands, the tee peg should run straight towards the club.
So, if you see that the tee peg goes towards either left or right of your club then fix that. But if you want a strong or weak grip, you can experiment with that.
Strong vs. weak grip debate
Many players have succeeded with a strong or weak grip. In this guide, I have insisted on using a neutral grip. But you can experiment on all of them.
For strong grip, place your golf club in the same position and notice where the v’s are pointing.
If the V’s point towards your right then it’s a strong grip.
Pros: You get a closed clubface. This will help you make a right to left sidespin. The ball hit with a strong grip will be useful to hook.
Cons: Hands are actively released. Sometimes loose control as the impact is more on the ball.
Protip: Strong or weak grip might cause a curve on the ball as you hit it. So, before you develop a deeper understanding of the path of the ball, stick with the neutral grip.
When you place your golf club in front of you and see that the V’s are more to your left then its a weak grip.
Pros: You get an open clubface. This will help you make left-to-right side-spin for making a slice
Cons: Hands remain in a more restricted position. Making a fully rolling impact on the ball will be hard.
3 Techniques to ensure you have a neutral grip
There is a quick way to know if you have a neutral grip.
Place your hands on the golf club and put the clubface vertically in front of you. Now you should be able to rotate the clubface equally in both the right and left directions. Or you can say rotate the club closed and open roughly the same amount.
For this technique, focus on the V’s of your hands.
If the V’s of your lead hand runs straight towards you and the trail hand is slight to the right, then it should be okay.
Another great way to see if you have a neutral grip is to hold the club horizontally and observe the back of your hand.
If you see that the clubface is parallel with the back of your hand, then it’s a neutral grip.
How should a neutral grip help you?
The neutral grip helps you get a neutral club face. So, all those straight shots you hit will become easier with the neutral club face.
Strong or weak grip might cause a curve on the golf ball as you hit it. So, before you develop a deeper understanding of the path of the ball, stick with the neutral grip.
Golf grip styles
The most important thing that every golf enthusiast want to know when they are learning their grip- “how do you connect the hands together?”
Three styles that pros follow.
Baseball Grip or Ten Finger Grip
The grip is reasonably simple. All your fingers of both your lead and trail hand will be in contact with the golf club.
The little finger of the trail hand and the index finger of your lead hand should be lined up.
Overlap Grip or Vardon Grip
The most popular among all the golf grip style is the overlap grip (say just “overlap” if you want to sound like a pro).
Just place your little finger of your trail hand on the index finger of your lead hand. Remember it’s called overlap because the little finger overlaps the index finger.
The interlocking grip is made famous by the legend “Tiger Woods.” And here is how to do it.
A little variation from the overlap grip will give you an interlocking grip. Just place the little finger underneath the index finger making a cross-link.
Pro tip: Don’t make the interlocking too tight. Keep it moderately loose.
Which Golf Grip styles you should use?
I have seen players succeed with all three of these grip styles.
Confused? Which one you should use? The pro tip is to use a grip style according to the size of your hands.
If you have larger hands use overlap grip style.
If you think you have smaller hands use an interlock or a baseball grip.
For better control and to get the feel of your hands and club working together, the interlock is the best choice.
The ultimate recommendation for grip position
Still confused about strong, weak and neutral grip?
Experienced players recommend keeping the grip between a neutral and a strong grip.
When you hold the golf club in front of you, the V of your lead hand must just point towards your right ear. The V of your trail hand must point just towards your right shoulder.
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Check these out for the images and resources I used-
ChrisRyanGolf (Youtube video)
Me&mygolf (Youtube video)
Top Speedy golf– Clay Ballard (Youtube video)
Directgolftv (Youtube video)