Golf Tips – Finding That Winning Grip
And The Cures For Grip Related Problems
by: Ally Canaway
The correct grip is a key fundamental component of a
golfer’s game and is required to have a consistently
good straight game, giving you the ability to shoot low
scores with ease.
When the grip is faulty, poor shots often result
along with an inconsistent and unreliable game.
Therefore it is essential for your game that your grip
is correct if you want to take your golf to the next
Firstly place the club in your left (opposite for
lefthanders) hand, close your left hand around the grip
as if you were shaking somebody’s hand. Your thumb
should be pointing down the grip, slightly to the right
Then bring in the right hand, firstly interlock the
little finger of your right hand with the forefinger of
your left hand. The underside of the grip should be
placed on the joints of the second and third fingers of
the right hand. Your right thumb should also be pointing
down the grip, while your right palm should be facing
towards the target with your left hand facing away from
Two V’s should be formed by the thumb and forefinger
of each hand, these should both point somewhere between
your right shoulder and eyes.
When holding the club, the club must be held firmly
but with the minimum of effort. Having the correct grip
allows your hands to work freely with the utmost control
while a poor grip leads to a lack of club head control.
• Your arms and hands are relaxed.
• Your left forefinger is linked with the little
finger of right hand, 2 or 3 knuckles should be visible.
• The V’s created by the forefinger and thumb on each
hand should point be to between your right shoulder and
eyes. These V’s should be pretty much parallel to each
• The grip should be comfortable yet held firmly with
little effort, it is vital that the club head does not
open or close on impact.
To test that you have a good grip, it should feel as
though both your hands work together as if one. When you
lift the club and move it, your hands should feel
comfortable and secure.
Problems and cures for slightly faulty grips: You may
find that you are slicing the ball; this could be due to
a problem with your grip, (although it may be due to
other reasons mentioned in my other article that aims to
solve the slice) try rotating your grip slightly
clockwise around the grip; also try holding the club
more in the palm of your left hand.
If you have problems with hooking the ball, make a
conscious effort to feel the ends of the fingers on your
right hand pushing upwards through impact with the ball.
This should help prevent you from closing the clubface
on impact and so helps prevent you from hooking the
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