The golf grip plays a key part in golf and is the foundation of which a great golf swing can be built. There's no question that learning even the basics of the grip will get any player on the right track to straighter more consistent golf shots, and should not be overlooked when it comes to developing your golf swing.
Here are a few golf grip tips that will hopefully get you on the right track to hitting better more consistent golf shots:
1. Grip Pressure
A common mistake most players make when gripping their golf club is holding it to tightly. The correct grip pressure should be tight enough to take the weight of the club through the golf swing but loose enough to allow you to swing through your golf shot in a fairly relaxed way. Holding your golf club to tight will ultimately give you a less relaxed swing causing a loss of distance and accuracy in your golf shot. To put it simply, on a scale of 1 to 10, (1 being a loose golf grip and 10 being a tight golf grip) the correct grip pressure would probably be around a 5 or a 6. A good golf grip will ultimately result in a more relaxed golf swing and increased clubhead speed resulting in more distance and accuracy when hitting your golf shot.
2. Grip Types
In golf there are 3 different types of golf grip.
The Overlapping Grip (The Vardon Grip)
The Interlocking Grip
The Baseball Grip
Usually when deciding what grip type to use for your golf swing, most players would be advised to choose a grip that feels comfortable and right for them. But just incase your having trouble choosing, here are a few key point to consider.
The overlapping grip is where the little finger on your right hand sits on top of your forefinger and middle finger on your left hand. This grip is generally used by golfers with larger hands and is probably the most common of the 3 grips because it makes it easier to keep your grip as light as possible when swinging.
The interlocking grip is where the little finger on your right hand is interlocked with the forefinger on your left hand. This grip is good because it feels a lot more like the hands are working together as one, and is probably best suited for players who's hands are slightly smaller.
The last grip to consider is the baseball grip. This is where the little finger on the right hand sits next to the forefinger on the left hand. Like the interlocking grip, this grip is better suited for golfer's with smaller hands and for some golf players tends to be the most comfortable.
3. Gripping the Golf Club
Before going in to details about how to grip the golf club, it is important to remember that the clubhead should be facing the target line of where you want to hit your golf shot. With this task completed, the next step is to let the golf club sit on your left hand making sure the club sits between the palm of your hand and the base of your fingers. This is an essential part of achieving a great golf grip because if the golf club is held mostly in the palm of the hand it can cause a very inconsistent golf swing.
With the golf club in place the next thing you need to do is wrap your hand around the club. It is important to remember that you make sure that the clubhead is still facing the target and that the thumb and forefinger form a V shape pointing towards your right shoulder. If your golf grip is correct you should be able to see between 2 to 3 knuckles visible on your left hand.
With your left hand in the correct position all you need to do now is bring your right hand in as if you were shaking hands with the club. When doing this try to keep your left thumb covered by the base of you right thumb and remember that the back of your right hand should be square to the target. And also remember to use one of the 3 grip types discussed earlier in this article, whatever feels comfortable for you.
Now that you have the correct golf grip you should be well in you way to hitting a longer, straighter more consistent golf drive.