Three Types of Golf Grips

By Steve Silverman

Learning to grip a club correctly is not enough to make you a good golfer. However, one thing is certain: If you grip the club the wrong way you won't become a competent golfer. There are three basic ways to grip a golf club; each has its advantages.

Overlapping Grip

This grip is used by more golfers than any other type. If you're a right-handed golfer, grab the club with your left hand. Place the small finger of your right hand in the gap between the forefinger and the middle finger of your left hand. Make sure both thumbs are aligned down the shaft of the club. Your grip strength should be about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. That's the equivalent of a firm handshake with a business associate. The overlapping grip gets both hands to work together and is good for golfers who are looking for accuracy.

Interlocking Grip

This the grip Jack Nicklaus used and it's excellent for hitting the ball with power. Take hold of the club with your left hand. Take the small finger of your right hand and intertwine it with the index finger of your left hand. Make sure both thumbs are aligned down the shaft. Grip the club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10.

Baseball Grip

This is the grip a lot of new golfers start out with, but they often switch to the overlapping grip once they gain more experience. Some golfers, however, stick with it because they find it to be very comfortable. In the baseball grip, pick up the club as if it was a baseball bat. If you are a right-handed golfer, grab the shaft with both hands, using a baseball grip for each. Put the right hand directly below the left on the shaft. Your thumbs also should wrap around the shaft. Your hands work more independently with the baseball grip than they do with the other grips.

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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