How Do You Hold a Golf Club?

By Steve Silverman

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Learning how to hold a golf club is an essential part of learning to play the game. Holding the club the correct way won't ensure that you will become a good golfer, but holding it incorrectly will guarantee that you won't have the proper swing.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Hold the club in your left hand near the top of the grip. Take the small finger of your right hand and put it in the gap between your middle finger and your first finger. Make sure your thumbs align down the shaft of the club. This is the overlapping grip and is the most widely used grip in golf.
  2. Hold the club in your left hand and put the small finger of your right hand directly under the index finger of your left hand. Make sure your thumbs are in alignment down the shaft of the club. This is called the interlocking grip and it is an excellent grip for golfers who are looking to add a little extra power to their game.
  3. Pick up the club as if it were a baseball bat. Your left hand should be on top and your right hand should be directly underneath. There is no overlapping of the fingers and the thumbs do not align down the shaft. Instead, the two hands work independently and the golfer has a greater sense of freedom with this swing.
  4. Try each swing at a driving range before you determine which one is right for you. Take 10 swings with the overlapping grip, then 10 swings with the interlocking grip and then 10 swings with the baseball grip to determine which is the most comfortable to use.
  5. Try to stick with one grip once you make your decision. You will have a much better chance of building a repeatable swing if you start with the same grip each time.

Tips & Warnings

  • The overlapping grip will give you the best chance to control your shot. The interlocking grip will give you added distance.
  • The overlapping grip will give you the best chance to control your shot.
  • The interlocking grip will give you added distance.

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.