The Proper Way to Grip a Golf Club

By Steve Silverman

Building the proper golf swing is the goal of any player who wants to hit the ball consistently. The first step is learning how to hold the club the correct way. Golfers not only need to learn the proper way to place their hands but also how to use the correct pressure to get the desired results.

Left Hand

For a right-handed golfer, take your left hand and put it about a half inch below the top of the club. Wrap your left hand around the top of the grip and make sure your thumb is placed down the shaft.

Right Hand

Take the small finger of your right hand and place it in the gap between your forefinger and your middle finger. Enclose the rest of your hand around the shaft of the club and place your right thumb down the shaft, in the same manner your left thumb is placed.

Grip Pressure

For a majority of shots, you should grip the club at about a "5" on a scale of 1 to 10. That's the equivalent of a firm handshake with a new business associate. If you grip the club any looser, it will wobble on impact and the ball will almost certainly slice off to the right. Any tighter and it's unlikely you can have a full and relaxed swing.

Looking for the Vs

If you are holding the club correctly, you will notice an upside down letter "V" formed by both of your hands. The point of that "V" should be pointed somewhere in the neighborhood of your head and your right shoulder. This positioning should give you the assurance your hands are in a position to work together and give you an opportunity to put a consistent swing on the ball.

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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