Learn the Proper Balanced Grip for your Golf Clubs

By Stan Sayers

Getting a Balanced Golf Grip

Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction at McGetrick Golf Academy and today we are going to talk about grip, how you can use your grip for better function in the golf swing and to allow for better impact and better balance. Grip is extremely important, it is the one thing that we hold on to the club with. The way that it is described most often really gets our students off. They come with grips all over the place, they have read this or that, and what I would like to show you now are simple ways to get your grip, keep it and maintain it. Any area that you want to really improve you always have to go back to the fundamentals, Nicklaus did the every year with his instructor Jack Grout, he always asked him to start over at the beginning of every year so let's go through this.

Left Hand

  1. To start off I would like to see if you are right handed to grab the club in the right hand and I am going to look at the logo of the grip right here.
  2. As I am doing that I am going to point my fingers straight out, not like this, but straight out.
  3. As I place the grip in my fingers it is going to go from the joint of the index finger down to the knuckle of the little finger.
  4. As I do that I am then going to curl my fingers around and wrap the top of my hand over.

When that happens the thing you are going to notice is that the last three fingers on your left hand are flat. The more the grip gets into my palm the more those fingers angle and stair steps and notice the space I have in between the grip and my middle finger. That makes it really difficult to hinge the golf club. If I get it on here correctly now I can create hinge and have power without stress. The next thing that you will notice is that my thumb is just barely right of center. Here is the center line of the grip and my thumb is just barely right of that, this is a neutral grip. Often when the thumb is down the center of the shaft it is described as a neutral grip, that is actually weak, this is a neutral balance grip and the hand turned further to the left is strong. All those can function depending on the golf swing, but again this is neutral. This V in my thumb is pointing at my right shoulder.

Right Hand

Now we are going to put on the right hand.

  1. The right hand is going to go in the middle joints of the fingers to start off with. This to most feels weird, we are not trying to motorcycle it, this is not a Harley Davidson, we are trying to keep our fingers right here. I personally use an overlap grip.
  2. Then I put the left thumb between the two pads on my right hand and again that V points to my right shoulder also.

Like Puzzle Pieces

This grip fits together like a puzzle and it ends up being very comfortable for that reason and supportive. I don't want to wrap my thumb around here because if I do I leave a lot of space for that club to wobble. My thumb sits kind of side saddled right there on the club and I can see finger tips not fingernails. If I had a strong grip, and that is ok, and had that balanced, I am going to see more fingernails but now my grip is going to match. This also, I can do an interlock or a 10 finger grip and from here those other things don't change. I just went through all those grips and my hands don't change. So again, in the left fingers, close, thumb just right of center, in the fingers of the right hand, left thumb between the two pads of the right hand, both Vs point to the right shoulder. There is your balanced grip.

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