Golf: The Grip
Golf: The Grip - VideoJug's golf tutor Rickard Stronger shows you how to make three common golf grips to win your game.
Step 1: Position your left hand
Let your arm hang naturally from your shoulder.
Place the grip of the club under the heel of your left palm, then wrap the fingers of your left hand around the grip.
The heel of your palm stabilises the club and prevents it from moving in your hand, making the grip solid even when the hands apply only light pressure.
If you look down on your hand on the grip, you should be able to see 2 or 3 knuckles, and your wrist should be at a slight angle
Next put your thumb on top of the grip, keeping it straight. Do not try to stretch the thumb out: let it stay relaxed. This makes it easier to place your other hand.
You can check that you've got the right grip by stretching your arm out in front of you. If your hand is in the right position, the clubface will stay square to the line of your shot. If it ends up at an angle, you need to adjust your grip.
Step 2: Position your right hand
Let your right arm hang naturally in front of you, and from that position, just put the hand onto the grip, without bending either hand or wrist.
Step 3: Connect your hands
The three most common golf grips are the vardon grip, interlock grip, and baseball grip. You connect your hands in a different way for each.
The Vardon grip is by far the most common in golf.
Place the little finger of your right hand between the index and middle fingers of your left hand.
The interlock grip, used by great players like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, is a good choice for slightly smaller hands. It is easier to get your fingers around the club, and the connection between the hands feels stronger.
With this grip you lock together your right little finger and your left index finger.
In the baseball grip, you wrap all ten fingers around the club. This grip is mostly used by children or people with small hands.
Step 4: The thumb
Next, place your left thumb in the middle of the groove of your right hand.
Grip the club towards the tips of the fingers, not at the base. This lets you swing the club faster.
It is a bit like skimming a stone on water - your wrist action is more effective at the ends of the fingers than the base.
An easy way to check that your right hand is in a good position is to look at your right thumb, which should be in line with your right shoulder.
Make sure your wrist is in a straight line with your arm when gripping. The most common mistake in gripping is to look into the hands, which leads to twisting and bending of the wrists and a bad grip.
And this is all you need to know to hold your club.