The Proper Golf Grip

By Steve Silverman

Learning how to grip a golf club consistently is similar to developing your own signature. There are several ways to grip the club, but once you have found one that is comfortable, you are likely to stick with that throughout your golf career.

The Top Hand

For right-handers, when gripping a driver, a wood or a long iron, take hold of the club with your left hand, about 1/2 inch from the top of the grip. Don't bunch or cramp your fingers; wrap them around the shaft and place your left thumb down the shaft. (Left-handers should reverse the process for this and the other subheads.)

The Bottom Hand

Place the small finger of your right hand in the space between the first finger of your left hand and the middle finger. Place your right thumb down the shaft of the club directly underneath your left thumb. This, the overlapping grip, is the most popular one in the game.

Turning Your Bottom Hand

Once you have played the game for a while, you can change your grip in order to get more power. After you have positioned your hands on the club and are preparing to take your backswing, turn your right hand slightly to the left. This will make your grip firmer and give you the ability to hit for more 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.

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