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

  4. smccullen Reply

    Hi Andy,
    I’ve started golfing about 8 months ago and all your videos have been a huge part of my progress. I’ve taken over 20 strokes off my score and am right on the edge of breaking 100.
    Above you mentioned an “interlock” or “overlap” grips. I see a lot of golfers using these grips, but I’m uncertain of the potential benefits of this grip.
    Could you provide a little more detail on why someone would want to use an interlocked or overlapped grip?

    1. Andy Reply

      Hi Shane. Great question. Both grips just get the hands working together really. personally i don’t have a preference. It is all about what feels comfortable and helps consistency for that golfer. Try both and see if either help. If not then stick with what you have.

      Thanks

      Andy

  5. Sal524944 Reply

    Hi Andy, i was looking at getting new irons and i was wondering does it matter what flex i get regular or stiff?

    1. Andy Reply

      We recommend that you go for a fitting really. If your golf swing is fast then you ne to look at a stiffer shaft generally. However it will also come down to feel and what your personal preference is.

      Thanks

      Andy

  6. bobmac56 Reply

    high guys ..have been really struggling with my grip recently, does the size of grip on your clubs make such a big difference.. i have really small hands for a guy ..much to the delight of my golf mates .lol.advice please before i get my clubs re gripped .cheers. had a go with one of my mates clubs he has bigger grips ,seemed to help me , or was it just coincedence . cheers.

    1. Andy Reply

      Yes it will make a difference. It is very much a feel thing but it will also influence how you hold the club. WE would say if you feel more comfortable and it still preforms then go with what feels good. Hope that helps?

      Thanks

      Andy

  7. Matthew Littlejohn Reply

    Andy – watching “go long.” Are you guys recommending a different grip for drives? I’m assuming when you say have a strong “left” hand you mean still having the grip on the heel pad (not the high palm) but instead rotating that over a bit? I’ve done this and can see how it make its potentially more of a “power configuration” but am concerned that I might be confusing things. Thanks.

    1. Andy Reply

      Hi Matthew. You can have a “stronger’ left hand grip yes and yes just a little more rotated round that’s all. We would generally keep things the same though preferably and only change the grip if there is a problem. Keep it simple really but sometimes a slight change can help.

      Thanks

      Andy