Ben Hogan Golf Grip Tips

By Jim McLean

Ben Hogan Talks Golf Grip in Five Lessons

Let's talk about a few of Hogan's fundamentals. Things he wrote about in Five Lessons, probably the greatest book ever written on golf. He wrote nineteen pages on just the grip. I want to briefly summarize some of the things that Hogan thought were important.

  • One, with the left hand the club went across the fingers and underneath the palm, so it is a finger and palm grip. As you turn the club over the thumb fits right down the shaft or slightly to the right side of the shaft. You should see two knuckles,
  • Hogan thought perhaps maybe one, that was a weaker grip, he moved it over a little bit more, but for most people two knuckles would be great and you would still be underneath that pad and in the fingers.
  • The right hand he said was more difficult because it came over on top of the left hand. It came across this way and fit on top of the left hand. He wanted the lifeline, or the cavity in your right hand, to fit right into the left thumb and shut. This was very much a finger grip. Very much in the fingers.
  • There is a little crook or trigger on the left forefinger. A split right here and that is where the club fits right in the area of the left forefinger. Then you have the fingers grip and that forms a beautiful grip.

This can be a great way to start your golf swing. I recommend a good look at Hogan's Five Lessons.


Category: Grip
Sub Categories: Hands

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Jim McLean
Jim McLean
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