How to Hold the Club to Get a Neutral Grip

How to Hold the Club to Get a Neutral Grip

Let's talk about the grip. I'm going to start with the left hand. For me as a right hander that's the top hand on the grip, this is the controller hand. Extremely important to the way the golf ball curves. Most golfers that come to our golf schools grip the club too high in the palm. It's much more down in the fingers and underneath this pad as your left hand closes and forms this position on top of the grip.

Getting the 'V' in a Neutral Golf Grip

You can see the 'V' right here that forms between my thumb and the top of my left hand here points towards my right shoulder. Very important and it's easy for me to see the two knuckles as I look down on my left hand. Look for this 'V' look for the two knuckles, that's a neutral grip. The hand is placed then in this fashion, the thumb almost straight down the shaft slightly to the right side of the grip.

Grip and Squaring the Clubface

As you do this it's very important you keep the clubface square. My right hand then comes across and grips in the fingers in this fashion. This would be a 10 finger grip right here and shut. Most people use a varden grip which is where the right pinky overlaps the left forefinger or they use an interlock grip.

Now when your right hand comes down and closes it looks like this with the 'V' between my right thumb and the top of my right hand again pointing toward my right shoulder. So when the 'V' match up you're in good shape. It's also very important to know that as you pick the golf club up that the three knuckles on the right hand line up. So those are things that you can check in order to get a very good grip which is absolutely crucial to starting off in golf and in becoming a better player.

Category: Grip
Sub-Category: Hands
About the Instructor
Jim  McLean
Jim  McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL

Jim McLean runs the Jim McLean Golf Schools, considered by some the world's finest. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #3 instructor in the world.


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