Proper Golf Grip: How to Hold a Golf Club

Proper Golf Grip: How to Hold a Golf Club

The positioning of your hands on the golf club is critical because it is the only contact you have with what you are swinging. When you win a bet with your friends you always put your hand out like this, hey pay me, right? So let’s use this same position to help you take your grip effectively.

Correct Technique for the Golf Grip

When we place our left hand out, palm up, we get a chance to see what we are doing. With the golf club the mistake that most people make is that they put their club across their hand down their index finger from the palm, which is why you will always tend to see a wear mark on the heel of the golf glove.

  • What we want to be able to do is place the club on a diagonal across your hand, so it is going to go across your left index finger and towards your pinkie.
  • Then I am going to take the face of the club and point it downward and then close my hand on the golf club, turn my hand over and now my hand is on the golf club correctly.
  • Now with the right hand imagine that where the hand folds is the bun of a hotdog, the left thumb is the hotdog and I am going to place the bun covering the hotdog.

Understanding Proper Grip

So here is what your grip should look like from this standpoint as you are looking down on it. The way to help you with that is to use a marker and what I am going to do is draw a line, a channel across my hand which is where the positioning of the club is going to go on my hand.

So, hand in the pay-me position, I am going to get the club up and turn the face down so that it is pointing at the ground, and lay the club right across that channel. My thumb will go slightly to the right side of center, club is in to the fingers, and then I am going to turn my arm and the club is now in your hands correctly.

If you get this done, you will be off to the races and you are going to hit some beautiful shots, and you know, you will also increase your distance.

Category: Grip
Sub-Category: Hands
About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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