Effective Methods To Grip A Golf Club

By: Ian Jefferson

In order to be able to hit a golf ball correctly, you first have to know how to grip a golf club. Gripping the golf club correctly will allow you to hit the ball with more power and accuracy. Your grip with the club is your one and only connection between your body and the club. That's why it's very important to grip the club the right way.

One of the biggest reasons why many golfers can't get enough power on their swings is because they grip the club too much in the palm of their hands. You want to grip the club more with your fingers. That way you can get a hinge action when you hit through the ball. This action will create more power.

To get the proper grip on the golf club, hold the club out in front of you and place it in your top grip hand. The club should be at the bottom of your pinkie and then travel up at an angle until it is at the top joint of your index finger.

If you're right-handed your left hand will be your top or lead hand and if you are left-handed your right hand will be your lead hand.

Once you have your fingers properly placed on the club, next you want to wrap your thumb around the shaft and grip the club on the backside of the club's shaft. That is how to grip a golf club with your top hand.

Obviously the next step is you need to grip the golf club with your other hand. There are three basic grips you can choose to use: the 10 finger group, the interlocking grip, or the overlapping grip.

The 10 finger grip is very similar to how you would grip a baseball bat. Start with gripping the club with your lead hand (as discussed earlier). Then place your lower hand, also called the trailing hand, with the pinkie as close to the index finger of lead head as possible. Cover the thumb of your lead hand in the fist of your bottom hand.

The interlocking grip involves you actually locking the index finger of your lead hand with the pinkie of your bottom hand. Be sure to place your lead hand correctly on the club and also make sure you cover the thumb on your lead hand with the grip of your bottom hand.

The overlapping grip is similar to the interlocking grip. However, instead of locking fingers, you actually place the pinkie of your trailing hand between the index finger and middle finger of your lead hand. Once again, you want the thumb of your lead hand to be covered by the grip of your bottom hand.

Of all the three grips, the 10 finger grip is least preferred by golf instructors. However, it's often the easiest grip for beginners to use. The overlapping grip is the hardest golf grip but is the most popular among most of the golfing greats. The interlocking grip provides good support and allows people with smaller hands and weaker wrists to control the club better.

There are three basic ways how to grip a golf club with both hands but the lead hand should always be positioned in the same spot. Otherwise, no matter what type of grip you use and how great a swing you may have, your golf shots still won't be great.

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