Golf Grip Tips

By Glenn Mcanally

The golf swing is a complicated, unnatural human motion. There are over thirty things you must be aware of in setting up and moving your body. You can have perfect form in every part of the golf swing, but if you don't grip the club properly, you will deny your swing its full power and will not strike the ball with maximum impact.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Place the left hand at the end of the golf club as shown in Figure 1 if you are right-handed. Place the right hand first if you are left-handed. For the rest of the steps, left-handed golfers can simply use the opposite hand to the one mentioned.
  2. Bring the right hand below the left hand as shown in Figure 2. Interlace your left pinkie around your left forefinger for an interlocking grip.
  3. Close your hands around the golf club. Note in Figure 3 that both thumbs vertically align with the club shaft.
  4. Ensure your fingers are in the formation shown in Figure 4.
  5. Maintain pressure on the club with the fingers rather than the palms. This will allow greater flexibility and let the wrists hinge more freely.
  6. Keep a light grip. Think of the club as a tube of toothpaste with the cap off; if you cause the toothpaste to squeeze out, your golf grip is too tight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never hold the club too tightly. This will tense up all the muscles in your arms and cause a great loss in swing speed.

About the Author

Glenn McAnally is a thriller novelist and life long golfer who lives in Southern California. His most recent work is the action thriller Endangered as well as a story credit for the upcoming Nintendo DS title Elite Forces: Unit 77. He is a graduate of Villanova University.