How to Properly Grip a Golf Club

By Steve Silverman

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Picking up a golf club and hitting a ball is not a simple matter. There are many things to learn, including how to grip the club the proper way. There are three grips that are considered proper and can help you hit the ball consistently during your round.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Hold the club firmly in your left hand, with your small finger near the top of the grip. Place your right hand snugly next to your left hand and take the small finger on your right hand and put it in the gap between your first and middle finger. Your thumbs should align down the shaft of the club. This is the overlapping grip.
  2. Pick up the club in your left hand and make sure your small finger is near the top of the shaft. Take the small finger of your right hand and put it under the first finger of your left hand. Your thumbs need to align down the shaft. This is the interlocking grip and is good for a golfer who wants increased power.
  3. Hold the club in your left hand and make a fist. Put your right hand directly underneath your left hand. There is no overlap or interlocking of the fingers. This is the way you would hold a baseball bat and is called the baseball grip.
  4. Keep your options open as you pick out the correct grip for your game. Go to the driving range and try each one before you decide which one is best. The overlapping grip is the most popular and considered to be the most useful. The interlocking grip offers the most power. And the baseball grip has the most freedom.
  5. Hold the club with a grip strength of "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. Holding it tighter will prevent you from getting a full range of motion on your swing. Holding it looser will cause vibrations on impact.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pick one grip and stick with it. Your goal is to build a consistent swing, and you can't do that if you switch back and forth.

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.