Golf Grip Tips for a Better Swing

By Mike McGetrick

The Correct Way to Grip a Golf Club

Knowing how to grip the golf club properly is really the start of building a successful golf swing. I can not tell you how many people I teach that have their hands improperly on the golf club and how they are holding them on the golf club. All you need to know is a few checkpoints that will help you get better at gripping your golf club every time.

  • In your left hand, for a right handed golfer, you want to grip the club down in the fingers of your left hand and underneath the heel pad of your left hand. So when I grip this club it is in the fingers and the heel pad is on top of the golf club. By doing that, if you look at my grip right now, the V formed by my index finger and thumb point to my right shoulder. By gripping it in the fingers it allows me to grip the club properly.
  • The right hand I am going to grip down in the fingers and place the right hand over the left thumb so that this lifeline of my right hand will be positioned right over my left thumb right here.
  • The next thing that is important is that your thumb and index finger, especially in your right hand, are together, almost pinched together in a light fashion. The reason that is important is that when you swing the club to the top your thumbs will support the club at the top. A lot of times golfers will set up with their thumb to the side and when they go tot the top they will lose their grip to the side. In the fingers of the left hand, underneath the heel pad of the left hand, in the fingers of the right hand, the lifeline of the right hand fits in the left.

Find the Best Grip Pressure

The next thing that is important it grip pressure. What I tell golfers is that if you had a grip scale of one to five, one as light as you can hold it, five as tight as you can hold it, for most golf shots you probably want to be a three. You can experiment by just holding the club up in the air and going from a one to a two, to a three and a four and a five and finding that right grip pressure.

Grip Pressure Changes Depending on the Shot

Grip pressure will change depending on what type of shot you are going to hit. If you want to hit a fade you are going to hold it a little tighter, if you are trying to hit a draw you will hold it a little lighter, you can experiment with that. So next time you go out and practice work on holding the club properly in the fingers of both hands. As far as it being an overlapping grip, a 10 finger grip or an interlocking grip, it is really a preference, so if you use one of them I am fine with it, as long as you have the hands on the club properly.


Category: Grip
Sub Categories: Hands, Practice

About the Instructor

Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870