Proper Golf Grip for Your Right Hand to Improve Your Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

Many golfers think that the right hand is basically just along for the ride when addressing the ball and preparing to swing the golf club. While the left hand is the lead hand and leads the club into the ball, the right hand supplies the final impact and must snap through the ball cleanly to hit a great shot. The positioning of the right hand is critical to your golf swing.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Place the left hand on the golf grip. It should be wrapped around the club, and your left thumb needs to be extended down the shaft of your club. This is not only the base for the way you grip the club; it is also the base for your right hand.
Step 2
Take the small finger of your right hand and put it in the space between the forefinger and middle finger of your left hand. Wrap the rest of your hand underneath your left hand and place your right thumb down the shaft of the club.
Step 3
Grip the club solidly, but do not choke the club. Many new golfers believe they have to squeeze the club hard to hit the ball solidly. Actually, if you grip the club too tightly, you will not be able to get full rotation with the club. Grip your club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. This is the equivalent of a handshake with a business associate.
Step 4
Turn your right hand to the left slightly to get a bit more distance from your shot. By turning your wrist slightly, your grip will be a bit firmer, and you will get more of a natural follow-through. This will enable you to get the distance you want from your shot.
Step 5
Make a conscious effort to snap your wrist when you make impact with the ball. This is the key to getting great distance and hitting the ball accurately. This is why it's important to grip the club with the proper strength and not choke the club too tightly. If you squeeze the club too hard, you will not be able to feel when your clubhead makes contact with the ball. It is at that moment you must snap your wrist through the ball.

Tips & Warnings

Go to the driving range three times per week to practice hitting the ball with the proper grip.

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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