How to Hold a Club in Your Hand?
Posted on June 1, 2021
Half of playing golf depends on the way you hold the golf club. There is no debate about that. If you're not holding it right, you're not playing it right.
That's why in this article, we will guide you through the way to grip a golf club correctly in 6 steps.
Step-1: Understand Your Present Grip
The first step to gripping a golf club is to get a full idea of how you currently grip it. This is to understand what exactly you need to change with the way you grip the club and how it will affect the game. Evaluate these questions-
● How do you pick up the club?
● How do you hold it?
● What position are your fingers in?
● How confident are you with it?
● Is there room for improvement?
Step-2: Consider the Grip Size
Different sizes of golf club grips exist for a reason, and you must understand which one is best for you. The reason why your current grip isn't working can simply be because of the grip size. It depends on the size and shape of your hands.
If you find yourself constantly pulling or slicing, then you probably need to consider new grips. Your golf club shop might be able to advise you on which ones you should get.
Step-3: Know How to Position Your Hands
This is super important! Here are some tips for the perfect hand positioning-
● Pick it up on your weaker/less dominant hand first.
● Make sure you can see two knuckles of your holder’s hand when you turn it over.
● Point the V-shake created by your index and thumb towards your shoulder.
● Allow half an inch of the club to pork out of the top of your grip.
● The thumb of the weaker hand should point downwards.
● Now grip the club with your dominant hand, let its thumb sit on top of your other thumb. The dominant hand's thumb should shit on the left side of the club, facing downwards.
Step-4: Interlocking or Overlapping Your Grip?
Some players link their hands together with their fingers; some don't. Linking fingers promotes a better wrist hinge and a more solid grip, so it's a more prevalent decision.
You can go for "The Vardon Grip,” where you join your hands together, place your right pinky in between the index finger and middle of the left hand. Then align the thumb of your left hand with the middle of your right-hand palm.
Step-5: How Much Pressure You Put into the Grip
Don't grasp the club so firmly that your knuckles turn white, don't grasp it so lightly that it slips out of your hands. The trick is to achieve balance but gripping the club softly but firmly, not too hard or not too light. Relax your arms and waggle the club a little to ease the tension in the wrists and arms.
To know whether your grip is neutral or not, check your knuckles. If you see more than two knuckles on your left hand, then that's a strong grip. Rotate your left hand counter-clockwise, so no knuckles are visible, and that's a soft grip to open up the face.
Step-6: Try out Alternative Grips
Once you've mastered this neutral grip, you can try out other golf club grips and settle on the one that feels natural and comfortable to you but still produces the best results. Not everyone is cool with the neutral style, and some of the best golfers in the world have alternative holds.
Remember that there is no right or wrong way to hold it as long as the results are coming out fine and you're comfortable with it. Experimenting on different grips for long periods can help you gain a deeper understanding of how different grips work and find the one that's best for you.
The correct way of your golf club grips is basically the way that feels most comfortable during your swing. You can only start off with the neutral one to get the hang of it first. We hope that you will be able to use these tips to get some more comfortable swings in!