Get A Handle On A Good Golf Grip
The grip is your only connection with the club
so it follows that a good golf grip is an essential component of
a good swing and good golf game.
Placing your hands properly on the golf club helps you better control
the position of the club's face at impact. During the swing your
body turns to create power. Since the body is rotating, the golf
club must rotate at the same rate. In other words, the body and
the club must turn together as a team.
The action of your wrists is a source of power so gripping
the club too much in the palm of your hand reduces wrist action.
Since our fingers are the most sensitive parts of our hands, placing
the club more in the fingers rather than in the palm increases the
amount of wrist hinge, which results in longer tee shots and more
Regardless of the type of golf grip you choose, a sound golf grip
involves light grip pressure. Gripping the club too tight can cause
thin, weak shots that slice. A lighter grip also enhances wrist
hinge. This light pressure also increases the amount of clubface
rotation, improving your chances of squaring the club at impact.
The Vardon overlap, sometimes called the overlapping grip, is the
most common golf grip. Most golf instructors use this grip popularized
by Harry Vardon around the turn of the 20th century. To correctly
use this grip, take the little finger on your trailing hand and
place it between the index and middle finger on your lead hand (for
right-handed golfers, the lead hand is the left). The lead hand
thumb should fit right along the lifeline of the trailing hand.
The next most common golf grip is called the interlock or interlocking.
Several top players, including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, use
this grip. This grip locks the hands together. You might, however,
find that the handle migrates to your palms which reduces wrist
action and, therefore, power. People with small hands, weak forearms
and wrists, and beginners often prefer this grip. To use the interlock
grip, take the little finger on your trailing hand and intertwine
it with the index finger on your lead hand. The lead hand thumb
should fit in the lifeline of the trailing hand.
The ten finger grip (sometimes called the baseball grip) is the
least preferred golf grip among instructors but it does have its
advantages. It can be good for beginners and people who experience
joint pain, have arthritis or small, weak hands. To position your
hands properly using a ten finger grip, start with a perfect lead
hand grip. Place the little finger of the trailing hand close against
the index finger of the lead hand. Cover the lead hand thumb with
the lifeline of the trailing hand.
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