Proper Way to Grip a Golf Club

By Steve Silverman

Learning how to hold onto a golf club is the first step to becoming a golfer. Many beginners think they can just walk up to the tee, grab a club and whack the ball as hard as they can. That couldn't be more wrong, including the step about grabbing the club. Having the proper grip is the first step in building a solid swing.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Pick up your club and place it in your left hand. Hold it at the top of the grip. Hold it firmly but do not squeeze it too tightly. Next, take the small finger on your right hand and put it in the space between your forefinger and your middle finger. Make sure that the thumbs of both hands align with each other. If you look at your left hand, you should see the letter "V" formed by the thumb and the forefinger. This is called an overlapping grip.
Step 2
Hold the club in your left hand and put it at the top of the grip. Take the small finger on your right hand and put it underneath the forefinger on your left hand. Have both thumbs align with each other. This is the interlocking grip.
Step 3
Pick up your club in your left hand and put your right hand directly underneath it. This is similar to the way a baseball player holds a bat. As a result, this is called the baseball grip.
Step 4
Pick up your pitching wedge. This is a club that is used for shorter shots that are supposed to put the ball on the green. Instead of holding the club at the top of the grip, choke down on the club 8 inches. This will give you greater control on the club and more "touch" when you swing the club.
Step 5
Go to the driving range and test out the overlapping, interlocking and baseball grips. A golfer needs to play with the grip that is most comfortable. The overlapping and interlocking grips make both hands work together as one. With the baseball grip, the hands work independently.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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