How to grip the golf club

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Published 14/08/2008 21:36:10
 

A good grip is one of the most essential fundamentals of a good golf game. The first thing any professional or teacher will tell you is how to grip the club. However not all players grip in the same way and in this article we will discuss the most common grip types.

Note: all tips are given for right handed players. For left handers, simply reverse the directions.

 

Grip Pressure

 

Before we discuss the different grips, one other key facet of a good grip is the pressure at which you hold the club. Some people say it's like holding an egg, Sam Snead said it should be like  "holding a baby bird". We believe more easy to remember advice is to think of a rating from 1-10, 1 being lightest, 10 being heaviest. Your grip should be 3 or 4 - strong enough to hold a club travelling at 100mph+ yet light enough to remain in control. Too strong a grip will also result in unecessary tension in the forearms, which will soon start to ache especially at the driving range.

To summarise:

 

  • Grip pressure should be light enough to remain in control of the club
  • Keep the pressure constant throughout the swing
  • Don't be tempted to grip more tightly in a recovery situation - it won't help

 

The Vardon Grip

Also known as the overlapping grip. Named after the late, great Harry Vardon, this grip involves the right hand overlapping the left. Place your left hand on the club as shown and then take the little finger of the right hand and place it between the index and middle finger of the left.

The Vardon is generally the most common type of grip and will probably be the one any teacher or professional would suggest you use. This grip is recommended for players with large hands.

 

The Interlocking Grip

This grip is quite similar to the Vardon but instead of overlapping, you interlock. So the little finger of your right hand would be locked inbetween the index and forefinger of the left.

Some teachers may tell you this grip is for weaker players - such as juniors or women. However if it's good enough for Tiger Woods and Jack NIcklaus, it's good enough for us! We would recommend this grip for players with medium or average size hands.

 

The Baseball Grip

Also called a ten finger grip. Place your left hand on the club as you normally would, now place your right hand directly next to it, so your right hand little finger is touching the left hand index finger.

This grip is often used by players who have small hands or arthritis. 

 

Your own personal grip

Grip really comes down to personal preference. Switching grips after you've been playing for any length of time is going to be very tricky. Experiment with what feels comfortable with your hands and forearms - rules are there to be broken!

 

 



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Comments


1.  Thanks, thats a great summary of grip types, like you say it is tricky to change grips which i used to do but once i settled on one method my overall game really improved.

comment by jay@ Golf Club Grips - 19/09/2009 14:09

2.  Thanks, thats a great summary of grip types, like you say it is tricky to change grips which i used to do but once i settled on one method my overall game really improved.

comment by nfl hats - 10/01/2011 04:06

3.  Best tip is to find a grip that feels comfortable and stick to it

Tiger uses interlocking!

comment by Stick Man - 05/09/2013 20:54

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