So you want to be one of those super swing machines? Your golf club grip can make or break your game. Get back to basics on the driving range and take some time to find the perfect fit for you. The flight of the ball is directly related to the way you place your hands on the club. What are the most popular golf grips?
1. The Baseball Golf Grip
Although not preferred by instructors, the Baseball or Ten Finger technique is the most natural one to use when taking up golfing. It doesn’t involve interlocked fingers and is a simple hand over hand method. If you are right handed, this hand will normally be placed at the bottom. The little finger of the right hand is placed close against the index finger of the left hand. Reverse the process if you are left handed. Over the years a number of PGA Tour members have used this style with great success. Players with smallish hands or joint ailments will find this golf grip to be effective.
2. The Vardon Golf Club Grip
This one, also called the Overlapping golf grip, carries the name of the inimitable Harry Vardon. This six time winner of the British Open Championships used it to great effect. Assuming that you are right handed, this hand will be at the bottom. This trailing hand’s little finger lays snugly over and between the index finger and middle finger of the top or left hand, also referred to as the lead hand. The thumb of the top hand finds a place along the lifeline of the bottom or trailing hand. This is perhaps the style that is most commonly used. It is ideal for players with large hands.
3. The Interlocking Golf Grip
This is similar to the Vardon, but here the little finger of the trailing hand interlocks with the index finger of the top hand. The thumbs form a ‘V’ shape which should point in the direction of your right shoulder. Interlocking is usually suitable if the golfer has medium-sized hands or weak forearms and wrists. Make sure that you can see the first two knuckles of the left hand.
There you have the three basic techniques. You have to experiment on the driving range until you find the golf club grip that works best for you. Generally speaking, your control will be better if you use one of the interlocking styles. The Baseball is less effective in this regard and will in a sense disturb the balance. One hand will always be more powerful in this case – a scenario that is likely to be detrimental to your game.
Remember to be relaxed when it comes to this aspect of your game. Too much tension will be counter productive. Tension problems are usually more advanced on the right side. Make sure that you keep this at a medium level. Aim for around 5 to 6 on a scale of 10. Too tight a hold will result in loss of distance.
Check your hands often to make sure that you haven’t changed their position inadvertently. The wrists should always function as a unit.
While talking about your grip: Don’t forget to pay attention to the grips you use on your clubs. Many players pay more attention to golf cart accessories than to these small necessities. While you can get by with a used golf cart, you can’t afford to skimp on this little item. Your set has to be perfect for you and must be kept in sound condition.
These small golf grip details can spell the difference between a nightmarish experience on the course, or a confidence-building success-story.