“Get A Grip!”
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
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!