Beginner Golf Tips – The Grip

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.

How to Learn the Game of Golf

Are you a golf beginner? If so, do you need some tips on golf techniques? The answer is probably yes. Even those who have been playing for a while could use some helpful golf tips and techniques to improve their game.

STARTING OUT

If you are just starting out, the best advice you can receive is to take some lessons from a golf professional. You can find someone through your local country club, community college or golf course. You can also check your local newspaper.

You really need a pro to teach you the basics in the correct way. If you try to learn on your own without anyone showing you the proper stance, swings, and techniques, you will have a tough time mastering the game.

PRACTICING

Once you start taking lessons, you need to be practicing as much as possible. Initially, you can practice at home or out in a field. This way you can get a feel for swinging a golf club and learn how to handle the small shots like putting and chipping without having other people around to make you nervous.

After you are feeling a bit more comfortable with the ball, go to the golf course or driving range and practice there. You can observe others and see what styles and techniques they use. This can be very helpful to you.
As you are learning to play the game of golf, you need to work on developing the muscles in your back and legs. When you swing a golf club, all the power is coming from those areas. Remember, practice is the key and will make all the difference in the world to your golf game.

GOLF CLUBS

Choosing golf clubs is a challenge for experienced players and can be even more frustrating for a golf beginner. There are many variables involved in the selection of a golf club, not the least is what your personal needs are.

Golf clubs are available in a wide range of sizes to suit the individual player. A standard club has a smaller head (and small sweet spot) and is the preferred type for golf professionals and those who have plenty of experience on the golf course.

A mid-size golf club has a larger sweet spot and head size than the standard size, making it easier for ball contact. Golf players with intermediate skills usually choose these clubs.

If you are just starting out as a golf beginner, you should choose an over-sized golf club. This type of club has a very large sweet spot making it much easier to hit. You may not have as much control but you will have longer distance.

GOLF CLUB TYPES

There are two types of golf clubs, the cast iron club and the forged iron club. The bulk of the weight in the cast iron club is around the border of the head. This creates a bigger sweet spot, making it the preferred club for golf beginners who are challenged by making full contact with the ball.

The forged iron club is heavier with the bulk of the weight at the center of the head. This club is the choice for seasoned golf pros. As your skill and comfort level increase, you will probably want to use this club either in addition to or instead of the cast iron club.

Golf is a game of skill. For most people, however, it is a great stress reliever and is played for fun. Once you have chosen your golf clubs and have mastered the basics of the game, you are ready to go out and have fun on the greens.