3 Things To Avoid When Gripping The Golf Club

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 writemypaperbro 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.

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  1. Coachkyle

    I’m trying to move away from the interlock. Where does the right hand pinky go if I remove it from my left index finger on this grip. Thanks for your help.

    1. Andy

      You could place it over the knuckle of the left index finger or you could go baseball grip with all fingers on the club.

      Thanks

      Andy

  2. Anthony Coral

    Hey Guys, I’ve been playing golf for the past year or so, and I normally shoot around the mid 90’s, with my best round being 90. I struggle a lot off the tee with my driver, mainly due to inconsistenc…

    1. Piers Ward

      Hi Anthony, great question…. Obviously the first thing to do on the practice area would be to see if you can reduce the slice, check out the Turn your Slice into a Draw coaching plan, this will defi…

    2. Dwight Gilliland

      Hey Andy, you are just like me. I don’t have any advice, but to say keep trying different grips until ball impact improves. I usually score in low eighties, but I can do this holding my club differe…

  3. Sanjay

    Hey guys, loved the grip tips!
    With regards to the position of the Left Hand Thumb(for Right Handers), do you advocate a long/outstretched thumb, or a short/tucked thumb?

    Thanks,
    Sanjay

    1. Andy

      Hi Sanjay. Great question. Somewhere in between we would say is a great guide.

      Thanks

      Andy

  4. Chris

    Sup

  5. golf tips

    Thanks for creating this guidelines. Remember when learning the game to manage your expectations and enjoy the process.

    1. Piers Ward

      You’re welcome and yes thats why we play the game! Hopefully! ?

      Piers

  6. grahamh26

    Been doing the ”Break one hundred” course for 10 weeks now. I’m a 30 handicap but having broke 100 (95) for the first time and coming very close in 2 competitions my handicap has reduced to 26.4. Th…

    1. Andy

      Hi Graham. Great work! Glad the plan is working for you and it is absolutely fine to go through ti at your own pace. Continue to work on the lower body inn the back swing as this will massively impact…

  7. Richard Barker

    Hi ive been golfing for around 4 years now and have always struggled to find consistency. I’ve had the odd half decent score then never been able to back it up with another. I’m still a 28 handicap bu…

    1. Piers Ward

      Hi Richard thanks so much for your question, if you can set your wrists it can be of benefit but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be consistent with your ball striking. If you look at Bryson DeChambuea…

  8. Brit

    Hi! I’m a right hander with an interlocked grip. Lately, on impact with my driver and 5/ 3 woods, my club has been twisting resulting in my middle finger of my right hand twisting with it. I’ve ac…

    1. Piers Ward

      Hi Brit, ok the main thing that will cause the twisting will be off centre hits, get your self some impact tapes or impact spray (foot spray works really well) then assess which is your consistent mis…

  9. omar j.

    I have been trying to swing the club faster but feel like my right hand is holding me back… feels a little like a tug of war between my releasing the club and my right hand/arm not being able to kee…

    1. Andy

      Hi Omar. Thanks for the comment. We do recommend SuperSpeed as a training system for speed. It’s a great way to develop more club head speed. If you are struggling with losing the ball to the right al…

  10. omar j.

    Thank you Andy… yes as the clubs get longer, I tend to slice them more and more and usually have a wide slice with the driver. I had started to close the club face and use a a little stronger grip…

    1. Andy

      Hi Omar. Glad this grip and club face is a little better. Have you had your speed measured. It may be worth booking a Trackman session to get some data too. This can be very beneficial to see where yo…