Tips For A Better Golf Grip

by David Jenyns on February 21, 2011

better golf grip

The role of the hands in the operation of sending the ball to its objective is a subject of endless argument amongst golfers. The importance I attach to the hands may be gauged in the first place by what I have to say about the golf grip.

My belief is that while the beginner needs to give a lot of attention to applying his hands in the manner in which they can retain control and impart feel of the club head and obtain the maximum power from the shaft, the more experienced and advanced player, having developed strong and well-trained hands, more naturally gets the hands fitting into the swing unit as a whole without always realizing it.

For one thing the top golfer has developed a sound and constant grip on the club which in itself PERMITS the hands to work properly. You may find the odd good player with a suspect grip, but you will seldom find a bad one with a good grip.

At this point let me draw attention to Eric Brown, deservedly one of the outstanding professionals of the post-war era. Brown’s achievements speak for themselves, and yet I often wonder how still greater they might have been if only he had schooled himself to grip the club in the more orthodox way.

It is remarkable that a player of the Scottish professional’s admirable golfing qualities – he has a very fine movement into the ball – should grip the club with the right hand so much under the shaft which sets the “V” of this hand at an angle to the “V” of the left hand.

What I want to point out is that Brown has reached his position in the game IN SPITE of this flaw in his technique, not BECAUSE of it. He has succeeded while so many others have failed.

The golf grip is the first step we take towards the shaping of the swing. Slackness or movement on or away from the shaft at any stage of the swing can throw the whole operation out of line and completely wreck the timing.

I go so far as to say that conscientious work on the grip until it is correct in all its details will contribute more than any other factor towards the building of a finely shaped swing. The feet, legs, back, shoulders all have their essential parts in the movement, and good hand-action in itself will not bring these members into play as some pundits would have us believe.

But without the proper use of the hands these other physical members will not be able to function as smoothly as they must.

Now the first and main function of the hands is their correct placement on the shaft of the club. Master the grip and the rest of the hand-action will present no serious problem.

The majority of the top players uses the Vardon overlapping grip in which the little finger of the right hand is hooked on top of, or round, the forefinger of the left. This is designed to bring the hands into closer unity. It is the grip I generally teach unless the pupil has small hands and short fingers.

In such cases the double-handed grip is often more suitable.

A third style is the interlocking grip. This is perhaps the most individualistic grip of the three, and I consider it should be learned and developed only under personal supervision.

All three of these grips, however, have one common factor when practiced by good professional players. They are applied in such a way as to ensure that the hands work together as one. For remember, golf is a two-handed game. Learn to regard the left hand as the controller, then you need not fear the right.

A good golf grip is the basis of a good technique.

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