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Your Golf Grip Tips From Golfing Professionals


The grip is the only connection a golfer has with the club, so it pays to spend a bit of time on getting it right. Tips from top golf instructors on using the right grip for you.


Read Your Golf Glove

Your golf glove can tell you a lot about whether your grip is correct or not. Take note of the scuff marks.

A scuff mark on the lower-right part of the palm indicates you are holding the club in your left palm. This is a common error that can lead to a weak slice.

Try letting the grip rest on your pinkie and ring finger, then curl your fingers around it.

With the grip set in your finger joints, the club will feel lighter and you'll be able to release the clubhead through impact for a stronger, straighter opening tee shot.



Standard Grip

  1. Stand facing along the target line with the grip in your back hand and clubface aimed at the target.
  2. Move the grip down the handle to make room for your lead hand.
  3. Let your lead hand hang naturally, and without rotating your forearm, reach across your body and shake hands with the handle of the club.
  4. Remove the trail hand and bring the club to address position with the lead hand only. Check the face is still aligned to the target line.
  5. Apply the trail hand to the grip with the palm facing the target.


Grip Unity

Your brain should interpret your hands as a unit. To develop a single unit concept concentrate on one pressure point. This is the right fat pad of the thumb pressing down on the top joint of your left thumb (for right handers).

During drills, place a small counter or coin between the thumbs at this point. It should remain in its position throughout your entire swing.


Grip Pressure

Nothing kills a swing faster too much grip pressure and inconsistent grip pressure during your swing.

  1. Assume your grip.
  2. Raise the club directly in front of you with the shaft horizontal to the ground, making sure the clubface is square (leading edge vertical).
  3. Now raise the shaft 90 degrees to vertical, cocking your wrist.
  4. If your grip is weak, the clubface will twist open to the target line; if your grip is strong, the clubface will close.
  5. During your swing, imagine you are holding a tube of toothpaste upside down with the cap off. Complete your swing without "squeezing" any toothpaste out of the tube.


Soft Forearms

If your grip is too tight, your wrists will not hinge or release, which reduces clubhead speed and distance.

  1. Grip the handle as hard as you can - that's a 10.
  2. Now take it down to 0, until it almost slides through your hands.
  3. Now take it up one measure at a time until you get to a 3 or 4. This is the pressure you should be using.

The grip mainly uses the last 3 fingers of the left hand and middle two of the right.

An easy way to check your grip tension is to give the club a quick, tight squeeze as you address the ball, then releasing to the ideal zone.

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