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“Get A Grip!”

by Jeff Matthews


We’ve all heard it a thousand times, “a good golf swing starts with a good grip”. Everyone knows the grip is important, most people even know what a good grip looks like, but very few know how to grip the club correctly every time. Here is a quick and easy way to improve your grip and start playing better golf.


Just a few reminders before we get started. First and foremost not all instructional articles are for everyone but I will say I have seen far more golfers hurt by a weak left hand grip than golfers with a strong left hand grip. Secondly, grip changes take time. Bad shots may accompany a grip change so patience is an important part of the learning process.



Start by standing straight up with your arms hanging loosely to your sides. Notice how your hands are turned so that the top of your hand is facing outward, your palms facing behind you. Have a friend hold a golf club in front of you and reach for it as you normally would. You will see that as you reach for the club you twist your arm and turn the palm of your hand towards the grip. This is the cause of most bad grips! By reaching for the club you have turned your arm in an unnatural position and created tension, the killer of golf swings.


Now assume your grip by maintaining your natural arm position and placing your left hand on the golf club while keeping the palm facing more towards the ground. You should feel less tension in your left arm and will see more of the top of your hand. The final step is to match the right hand position with the left. Allow the club to rest in the fingers and position your right hand so that its palm faces the left palm.




Remember changing your grip takes time and practice. Grip and re-grip your club as many times as you can during the day so that it becomes more natural. Good luck! is Recognized by the

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