What is the Proper Golf Grip?

By Steve Silverman

There's a lot to learn when taking up the game of golf. The fundamentals of the game will help you develop your skills as you play, but almost all golfers have to be shown how to hold their club correctly. A golf club has to be an extension of the golfer's arms, and using the proper grip will help you get off to a good start in the game.

Overlapping Grip

Take the golf club in your left hand. Place the small finger of your right hand in the gap between your second finger and your middle finger. Your thumbs should be in alignment down the shaft of the club. You should see a "V" when you look down at your thumb and forefinger. This is the most popular grip in the game.

Interlocking Grip

Place the club in your left hand. Place the small finger of your right hand under the second finger of your left hand. Make sure the thumbs line up under each other. This grip is excellent for developing distance. It may feel awkward at first, but once you get used to it, it is quite effective.

Baseball Grip

Take the club in your left hand, and put your right hand underneath it. This is the same way you would hold a baseball bat, hence the name. This grip will not give you the same security with your grip, but it will leave you with a feeling of ease and freedom.

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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