In the golf game, every millimeter matters. So, holding a golf club, proper grip position, accurate posture, sound swing- everything affects in playing Golf. For a better shot, a golf grip lesson is essential for everyone. The way of gripping and holding a golf club matters upon every shot a golfer is going to hit.
A poor or proper golf hold creates a massive impact on a player’s swing. If no one gets a sound swing, it will be like fighting with oneself! This article on how to hold a golf club will beneficial for every level of golfer. This writing will show a simple way to hold a golf club or iron or woods or driver. It is mainly for a beginner or a seasoned player. But it may be a revision for a professional too. Cause, it seems so many times that a golfer used to fight with their holding on the golf club.
Proper Ways to Hold a Golf Club for Beginners:
We see different grips of professional players on PGA or LPGA tours. The confusion arises after watching them. What is the best hold? What is the proper technique for gripping? And, many more. And many golf trainers have their list of do’s and don’ts. Now I try to discuss some simple ways to how to hold a golf club properly?
1. At first I recommend a beginner to hold the iron or a club by their right hand (for a right-handed player). It is not an ultimate holding of the golf club. Just starting to feel the golf club. Place the dominant hand’s thumb in a resting position (right hand for right-handed and vice-versa) where the shaft meets the golf grip. And lift the club at a 45 degrees angle. Reminder, it is not a proper way to hold a golf club.
2. Place the off-hand or the non-dominant hand’s thumb on the club. It is left hand for right-handed and right for left-handed. It is the starting of a proper hold. That means, for a right-handed golfer, the left hand will be on top and the right hand will be placed below the left hand and vice versa for lefties.
3. Both hands should be placed close. It differs from an individual choice over grip style. Let’s talk about the golf grip in detail. These are the most common and popular basic techniques on how to hold a golf club for beginners.
- 10-finger Grip or Baseball Grip: Put the left hand (for right-handed) on the grip properly at the top of the grip. Then the right hand slides down to the left hand. There is no space between the left hand’s index (V-shape) finger and the right hand’s pinky finger. This is like a typical baseball grip. Players with small hands and beginners are generally comfortable with this grip. But recent days this grip is quite abandoned from Golfer’s choice. They find it wrong and less useful than other’s grip. For lefties, things are reversed.
- Interlock Grip: It is very popular in golf today. Professionals like Tiger Woods hold the golf club this way. It is not very complex. The same idea as a 10-finger grip. Place the pinky finger of the right hand (for right-handed) into the index and middle fingers of the left hand and interlocked. It is like lock both hands fingers that are mentioned. Players with small hands typically find it comfortable. This grip gives more control over the golf club than the baseball grip.
- Verdon Overlap Grip: This is the most common style of griping for tall golfers. A player with large hands always finds it useful to maintain a golf club. The champion player Harry Verdon makes this grip insane popular. Place the hands and thumbs properly on the club. Put the pinky finger of the right hand over the left hand. The pinky finger must place between the index finger and the middle finger of the left hand. The right hand’s pinky finger will just overlap the place between the knuckles of the index and middle finger of the left.
A solid grip allows one to hit a sound shot. For a beginner, it’s one of the fundamentals to find out which grip is suitable for you.
4. After learning about the three basic styles of grip, it’s time to learn about the proper placement of both hands. As mentioned before, stable the golf club with your right hand (for right-handed fresher. But the grip must start with the left hand. A beginner should place the left hand one thumb nail down the grip from the top of a handle.
5. The fingers must grip the golf club, not the palm. The lower part of the fingers should control the hold. And, left-hand (for right-handed) goes on the top of the grip. The left thumb must set flat on the club. Set the left three fingers (except) across the grip (curl position). The right index is going to make a loop with the thumb finger.
6. When you place your left hand accurately, you will have super control over the golf club. You will feel it.. Now set the right thumb (for right-handed) on the club. Put the right thumb in line with the right arm. There should no much gap between the right thumb and index. Make sure, there should be seen a ‘V-shape’ with your right hand’s thumb and index fingers.
7. More precisely, the index and the thumb of your right hand (for right-handed) should place like turning a water tap clockwise. You can consider the specific fingers of the right hand’s placement like a trigger or position after flipping a coin. For a right-handed golfer, this is your dominant hand. So it’s must place accurately as well as the left hand.
Playing different shots depends upon the strength of the grip. Golfers generally called them strong, weak, and neutral grip. Many of them like a neutral grip. They find the neutral grip so useful to play a straight shot to the desired location. But what you do when you have to hit a shot to your right or left? Then, it depends on a strong or weak grip. Actually, grip positioning depends on the needs. So, as a beginner first you should focus on how to hold a golf club suitably. Then the time to discover the grip strength you will need for individual hits.
The right hold on a golf club directly affects the shot. For a beginner, it should be a basic lesson to learn. It is no good or bad in gripping style whether it is interlock or 10-finger or overlap. Go with the hold which you feel comfortable and useful. Grip for irons or driver or wedges or woods is the same. And, to discover the fault and best of your hold- a beginner must practice with modesty. Enjoy the Golfing!
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