How to Grip the Golf Club

By Jackson Lewis

Gripping the golf club is one of the most important facets of the fundamentals of the golf swing. The wrist action resulting from your grip is one of the components of the golf swing which permits you to create power, but have "feel" to your swing as well. Many amateurs neglect focusing on their grips when addressing shortcomings in their golf games, but this can be the true difference between hitting a decent golf shot that lands in the desired area and one which slices or hooks. Ultimately, the best golf grip for you will be the one which produces the most consistently struck golf balls, however, by starting with the basic fundamentals of gripping the club you can minimize errors while learning what grip works best for you. This article provides tips for right-handed golfers. To apply for a left-handed golfer, reverse the directions.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Set your club on the ground as if you are addressing the golf ball. Set the club grip across the fingers of your left hand so that it rests just past your first joint of your index finger and right beside the base of your pinkie finger. The club should not be in the palm of your hand.
Step 2
Set your thumb on the shaft of the golf club pointing towards the club head. When you look at your left hand you should be able to see the knuckles of your middle and index fingers and a "V" which is made by your index finger and thumb.
Step 3
With your right hand, place the outer-most joint of the hand underneath the shaft of the golf club. Your hand will be turned slightly to the right with the club across your other fingers so that it crosses the inner-most joint of your pinkie finger.
Step 4
Place your right hand over the left. The "V" of the right hand should point towards your right ear and lie parallel with the "V" formed in Step two.
Step 5
Grip the golf club lightly. Imagine that the club grip is similar to a tube of toothpaste and that you want to keep it in your hands, but not squeeze out any paste. Holding the club too tightly is a common amateur mistake and results in a loss of power and inaccurate golf shots.

Tips & Warnings

Check your grip throughout a round and daily to ensure you are not inadvertently changing your grip throughout a round.

About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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