( Changed - 24/10/2012)
Types of Golf Grip.
The golf grip is one of the first thing
that you must get right if you wish to play very good golf.
The method that I have used for the past
twenty five years has been the interlock grip with the thumb of
the left hand on the top of the shaft.
The left hand grip has always felt insecure
in so much that the club face often closed as I made the golf swing,
thus creating a hook shot. However
I read that Ben Hogan developed a hooking problem, which he corrected
by using a "short thumb" on the left hand.
Therefore not knowing exactly what was
a "short thumb" I began to experiment and found that by
stages I gradually moved the left thumb so that it was no long on
the shaft and by using this method and using an adopting an overlap
grip as described below, the golf club does not become closed as
I perform the golf swing.
(Most golfers have the left thumb on the top of the shaft,so
this is a variation which I find more effective than the conventional.)
Therefore to grip the golf club with the alternative overlap
method that I use, carry out the following:-
Place the left hand against the golf grip so that the back of
the hand is square to the target area and simply close the hand
around the grip, with the left thumb continuing to wrap around the
shaft to the extent that it overlaps the first and the second finger
of the left hand, as if you are simple grasping a metal pole.
To complete the grip, place the right hand on to the shaft and
grip the shaft with the first three fingers of the right hand, allowing
the little finger to overlap the first and second finger on the
Next, and this is the part of the grip that I pay most attention,
you must grip the golf club very firmly with the thumb and the index
finger of the right hand.
It is vital that the index finger and the thumb of the right hand
hold the golf club very firmly throughout the complete golf swing.
( When the grip is complete, the thumb of the left hand remains
wrapped around the grip and placed on top of the first and the second
finger of the left hand, whilst the thumb and the index finger of
the right hand grip the golf club, with the right thumb over the
centre line of the golf club.)
Finally pull the uppermost part of the right arm against the
upper body -- but overall, keep the hands
in a totally passive condition.
Most of the rubber golf grips as fixed
to the golf clubs show a centre line position which indicates the
position of the face of the club head, this is the position the
right thumb and index finger should be placed.
When you have taken your grip there should
be approximately 1/2" - 3/4" of the rubber grip protruding
from your hands.
If you are gripping the club correctly,
the "V" joint of the left hand should be pointing to the
left shoulder and the "V" of the right hand should be
pointing towards the right shoulder .
The back of the left hand should now
be facing towards the target and the palm of the right hand facing
also towards the target.
If you grip the club with both "V"s
of your hands pointing towards your right shoulder it will be said
that you have a "strong grip" - and therefore if you allow
the hands to take control during the down swing movement, this grip
will give you a tendency to hook the ball to the left.
Alternatively, if you grip the club with
the "V" of your right hand pointing towards your chin,
and the "V" of your left hand pointing towards to the
outside of your left shoulder it will be said that you have a "weak
grip" - and therefore if you allow the
hands to take control during the down swing movement, this
grip will give you a tendency to slice the ball to the right.
But remember, always maintain a firm grip
with the right hand.
Alignment of the Forearms
It is vital that the forearms are set in the correct position
at the address position and the muscles held in a taut condition
throughout the back swing movement, because this is the position
that the forearms will automatically return as you perform the down
The important thing to do when you grip the golf club is to
ensure that both palms are square to the target line - or to explain
it another way, the right palm is squarely facing the target point
and the back of the left hand is also squarely facing the target
point --This ensures that the both forearms are in a neutral position.
(When the muscles of the right arm are held in a taut condition,
the both hands will maintain this position relative to the position
of the shoulders throughout the back swing and the down swing movements.)
What do I mean by saying the forearms are in a neutral position
?? --The neutral position is when both forearms are also square
to target line.
For example, if you hold the golf club with a strong grip at
the address position, both forearms would already be partially rotated
in a clockwise motion.
Similarly, if you hold the golf club with a weak grip at the
address position, the forearms would be partially rotated in an
anti-clockwise motion towards the target area.
Therefore because the forearms automatically return to the neutral
position at the point of contact, by setting the forearms in a neutral
position at the address position, you will dramatically increase
your chances of hitting the ball in the direction that you are aiming.
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