In the first of this series on beginners golf tips, we’ll begin by focusing on the ‘right’ golf grip to set you off on the correct path to a better golfswing, so to get your game heading in the right direction, let’s check on your grip.
As a beginner golfer, you have potential, but you must solve some of the fundamental problems. In your swing, the hands should operate as a single unit to control the clubface, regardless of whether your grip is a strong one, which means both hands are turned more to the right on the grip, or a weak grip, which is the opposite, or hands rotated to the left, in each case both hands would be parallel to each other.
a neutral gripYou can check that by gripping the club as you normally would and holding it up in front of your face. The creases formed between the thumb and forefinger of each hand should be parallel to each other. If your a bit of a slicer, then turn those crease lines a little to your right, on the contrary if you have more of a hook, turn them to the left, but keep them parallel to each other.
strong golf gripOn the question of ‘how firm do you grip the club’, to describe this, let’s use a scale of firmness of a range from 1 to 10, 10 being as hard as you can grip the golf club, 1 being the weakest. Try to grip the club firmly at a score of between 5 and 7 on our firmness scale, which is firm but not so you feel tension in your forearms.
week golf gripFor a right hander, the key pressure points are on the last three fingers of your left hand, the little finger, ring finger and middle finger, they should feel secure on the golf club. Don’t squeeze with the thumb and forefinger. Another key pressure point is the pad at the base of your right thumb, which should push down onto your left thumb during the swing. This will prevent your hands from coming loose and then trying to re-grip the golf club at the top of the swing. It will also help you to push the club smoothly away from your head as you begin the downswing.
golf grip thumb pad pressure pointYou can locate the point on the grip where the first knuckle joint of the index finger of your right hand contacts the golf grip. That pad is the precise spot where you can actually sense the weight of the club all throughout your swing. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to develop the sensation of ‘clubhead weight’, against this pressure point all the way through the golf swing. In the downswing, if you throw the club at all, you will have lost that sense of clubhead weight and the club will feel very light.
To help avoid this, concentrate on feeling the sensation of the golf club shaft lying against your index finger pad all the way through to the impact zone. While you continue to practice this technique, you will swing the club head through the impact zone with more consistency and extra power.
interlocking gripStill with me? Ok, we’ve talked about what a neutral golf grip is, also touched on a strong grip and a weak grip, the pressure points and how to fundamentally grip a golf club, but there is obviously more, so we’ll continue to talk about different ways to grip like the standard interlocking grip, and the overlapping grip.
The type of grip you use depends on your preference, comfort level and ease of use, experiment with each to determine which is right for you. The interlocking grip is best used if you have smaller hands, it feels comfortable, and enables you to maintain a firm grip of the golf club throughout the golfswing.
overlapping gripThe overlapping grip suits a bigger handed person, but, again it needs to feel right and work for you. Our goal is to have a grip that encourages a firm and stable golf grip.
I recommend also wearing a golf glove, it assists with gripping the club better, but that is your decision, some pros have decided to play without a glove, experiment to find your ideal grip.