3 Things To Avoid When Gripping The Golf Club

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When it comes to gripping the golf club it has a huge impact on your performance and overall consistency on the golf course. So if you are learning the game or simply struggling then checking your hold is a great place to start.

There is no ONE Way to hold the golf club as many great golfers have unorthodox grips and play amazing golf. However, from our experience there are certain things to avoid and a couple of key things we like to get our students to do as a starting point, especially if you are a “newbie”. 

The club face is mainly responsible for the starting direction of the golf ball, so getting a hold that will allow you to deliver a consistent face at Impact with power is key.

Here are 3 things to avoid when you hold the golf club……

The High Palm

This is where the club is positioned too high in the lead hand running through the palm. This limits your ability to use your wrists efficiently and makes it very difficult to create a good wrist set in the golf swing, which is very important for POWER and strike. 

We prefer to see the grip a little lower in the hand, so that it runs diagonally underneath the heel pad through the base of the forefinger. From here your wrists will have much more freedom to move and can often make squaring the club face much easier.

The Deep Interlock

Most golfers get told that they MUST interlock their fingers when they hold the golf club. This actually isn’t necessary and tends to cause problems. Most golfers do this by getting their little finger and forefinger too deeply “locked” and often take their hold with their palms facing outward. This tends to put the club too much in the palms in BOTH hands and again causes wrists and club face problems. 

We recommend that golfers START with their palms facing each other and take a “baseball/ 10 fingered grip” so that the hands are in a more neutral position. Once this feels comfortable they can then either move to the “interlock” or “overlap” if they feel that it will benefit their game.

Weak Trail Hand

We very rarely see ANY good golfers with a “weak” trail hand. This is where the hand is too far over to the left (for a right handed golfer) so that the “V” between thumb and forefinger points more to the left shoulder. The main issue we see with this is that it wants to open the club face during the golf swing and this is one of the KILLERS when it comes to producing power and consistency. 

 

 

 

Place your trail hand on the side of the golf club so that your “V” is pointing more to your right shoulder. This will help produce a “stronger” club face from here and make things easier when it comes to producing a good consistent down swing and IMPACT.

 

Just remember that these are guidelines and are what we see that cause golfers problems. The key to the hold is to give you the best chance possible to produce a consistent IMPACT so Follow these and find what works for you.

Any questions please post your comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.  For more information on the golf setup and grip visit setup in the video vaults or click here.

COMMENTS

  1. Brad Reply

    Hey Andy

    whats your thoughts on the index finger? in the photos it shows your second knuckle lower down the club and away from the rest of your hand, as opposed to on the lead hand all knuckles and fingers close to each other. is this something that will help with the clubface or just a feel thing?

    1. Andy Reply

      Hi Brad. Thanks for the comment. Can you be specific on the hand you are talking about please and a little more detail. I will do my best to answer as much as I can.

      Thanks

      Andy

  2. Brad Reply

    hey, thanks for the reply. im talking about your right hand. it looks as though your trying to pinch the grip between your thumb and forefinger

    Brad

    1. Andy Reply

      Hi Brad. Yes it acts like a “trigger” finger, the right forefinger separates slightly from the others and your thumb is over to the left of the grip.

  3. SteveM66 Reply

    Hi Andy – what about the positioning of the thumbs (for both hands). I’ve heard/read so many different things about neutral/weak/strong grips, and the placement of thumbs in creating the “V”s (on top/to one side, etc.). What is your suggestion on where I should start both thumbs (I’m a right-handed golfer), assuming I want to keep it neutral. Thanks!

    1. Andy Reply

      Hi Steve. Great question. It isn’t really the position of the thumbs, more so where the club is in the hands that influence where the thumbs go. Hope that makes sense? However, We like to see the right thumb slightly down the left of the grip and the left thumb slightly down the right side of the grip. Both V’s pointing right of the right ear. This is a great point to start but can be modified.

      Thanks

      Andy