Junior Golfer Tip: Lose the Baseball Grip
The first thing I look at when a kid comes to me for a lesson is I look at the grip because when most of the kids come to see me I see a baseball grip. They have that club and they have the thumb tucked underneath and both hands on the club as if they were gripping a baseball bat. The problem with that is that when they get to the top of the backswing there is nothing to control that club and it is going to waiver all over the place. So the first thing I want to do is get that thumb on the golf club.
Teaching Junior Golfers the Hot Dog Grip
What I ask the kids to do is basically put their left thumb on the right side of the golf club. Then I ask them to think of their left thumb as a hot dog and I ask them what do you put a hot dog in. Most kids respond in a bun. Well the bun just so happens to be the palm of your right hand. I am going to take the palm of my right hand, I am going to put the hot dog in the bun and I am going to put the right thumb on the left side of the golf club. Once I have that hot dog in the bun, when they go to the top of the golf swing, as you can see, it gives a nice platform to keep the club nice and steady.
So when a kid comes to see me I try to get rid of that baseball grip and go ahead and put that hot dog in the bun.