How to Get a Neutral Golf Grip

How to Get a Neutral Golf Grip

Let's talk about grips. I do not change every persons grip. I teach people with weak grips or strong grips, if they have control of the clubface. However, I prefer a neutral grip. What does neutral mean? The mid-point between the positive and the negative, no influence.

Correct Grip Technique

Back in the 1960s we were told that a neutral grip was with our thumb on top and the hand straight up and down. Let's test that. I hold my left arm out with the hand straight up and down. As I turn my hand as far to the left that it will go it will only turn to palm up. If I return to the original position and turn it the other way it goes twice as far. So the mid-point is the hand in a position with the left thumb pointing at and angle between having your hand with your thumb straight up and palm down, with the middle and index finger outside knuckles are showing.

Step-by-Step Golf Grip

  • This strangely enough is the way your arms hang naturally at the side of your body, hence this is the best place to take your left hand grip. Let your left arm hang down by your side naturally with very little tension.
  • Get the club under the heel pad of your left hand with your thumb on the top of the club at about one:30 with two knuckles showing.
  • Once you do that place the right hand on the club in the bottom joint of the fingers, palm to palm to the left hand.
  • This way the two hands fit as they should naturally.
  • When this happens both 'V' created between the thumb and index finger of each hand are going somewhat to the right of your head, between your neck and your shoulder.

The grip is not complete until you check not only the grip but also the clubface position. I have seen a lot of people with a great grip but an incorrect clubface; that does not pan out. Learn to grip it at your side. Learn to grip it at as relaxed as possible. Remember grip it under the heel pad of your left hand with a little pressure in the last three fingers. Right hand palm to palm with the left and in the fingers. Hands snug together. Get this grip and you are on your way to learning to control the clubface and learning to control your golf ball.

Category: Grip
Sub-Category: Arms, Hands
About the Instructor
Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119

Jack Lumpkin is a legendary instructor to PGA Tour Pro Davis Love III and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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