How to Grip the Golf Club: 5 Secrets from Successful Players
Golfers know a good golf grip can be your best weapon on the course. There are different types of grips you should review and you may consider changing it up depending on the hole you are playing. Understanding the technical aspects of a great grip may include practice, drills, and finding good equipment to help you get comfortable with your grip. Here are 5 tips other golfers found helpful in establishing a great golf grip on the course.
- Know when to use the best grip for the hole or play you are attempting. Some golfers get comfortable using the same grip no matter what they are playing, but every so often you may need to change it up. Your grip may not be the same depending on the club you are playing with or the distance you are trying to achieve. Make sure you have a few methods you can use that is comfortable and appropriate for the situation.
- Practice having a comfortable grip by practicing with 3 most common grips: the Vardon (overlap grip), baseball grip (10-finger grip), and the interlock grip. There are professional players that recommend one grip over the other, but even advanced players will tell you to find something suitable for you. It may feel different especially if you wear gloves or use grips.
- Know importance of proper grip pressure (strong or weak). Your grip pressure will change for a number of reasons. As you swing you need your wrists to hinge in some situations so you can release the club when your swing is complete. Your grip may be different when putting versus making the ball fly across the fairway. In other words, there will be times your grip pressure will be different due to how you grip your club, as it should be.
- Find ways to easily access your grip and know when you need to make adjustments. When you want to make changes to your grip be sure to know when it is best to do so. You should have an idea of grip you can use that is comfortable while producing favorable results.
- Change hand position to reduce risk of producing a bad shot. Rotate your hands to reduce slicing risk. A neutral grip helps keep clubface square. A weak grip makes your shot go offline or off to the right.