Golf may look like just picking up a club and swinging away merrily, but there is so much more to it. There is probably no other sport that places such a huge emphasis on the coaching of certain techniques and self improvement through the finest of tweaks and small steps. To get started in the game is simple enough, and you should aim to go out and just learn as much as you can, while still feeling comfortable. One of the first and most important fundamentals will be picking up the golf club, and how to hold it.
My Grip on a golf club does not sound that complex
How you hold the club does not need to be a big thing in your mind, but it can make all the difference. Once you get your technique sorted its just about comfortable feeling, and the best results. Juts about all golf grips may feel alien to start, but a few minutes practice every day will soon have it feeling supremely natural. It is crucial though that you get a solid grip you can work with so you can work on some of the more difficult, and more testing areas of the golf swing, without the worries of feeling discomfort in your hands and wrists.
It is also important you are not putting unnecessary stress on your wrists and hands. To begin with we can all duff the matt at the driving range, or the turf in the course, and the last thing you need is fractures and muscle strains because of poor technique.
Weak and strong grips
You may have heard the terms when reading coaching manuals, or looking at online golfing tutorial videos. So what exactly is the difference? Simply put a weak grip is one in which you can see too much of the palm of the hand you place nearest the top of the club. This is more than likely going to lead to the club face being upon as you strike the ball, providing you are square on to your target when swinging. This is because your shoulders will struggle to rotate and get the club face back to square, putting a left to right spin on the ball making it fade to the right.
Alternatively, a strong grip encourages too much rotation with your forearms and causes the club face to be closed upon impact. This will result in a low hook that is impossible to control or product. This does not mean players have not used weak and strong grips to be successful. History is littered with players who appear to have terrible grips, but it means you have to have a large amount of natural talent in order to rescue the position of the club face through the use of your hands and forearms. You are making an already difficult game more difficult.
Therefore, if you are not blessed with the talent of some of the greats, but still want to enjoy the game without slicing and hooking it all day, a neutral grip is encouraged. To do this simply enter your address position and make it feel like the back of your top hand and palm of your bottom hand, face the target you are aiming for, and almost make a sort of stack on top of each other, if the club was not in the way.
So what’s next? Are there different types of golf club grip?
Once you have established how to get a neutral grip, simply grip the club lightly in your fingers, and not in the palm. The club should rest just in the part of your finger in between the start of your hand, and where your fingers flex.
As far of different ways of holding a golf club go, there are three. The Baseball grip, the overlapping grip and the interlocking grip. Remember that nobody ever played golf with their hands apart on the club. The baseball grip is when all ten of your fingers touch the club, but the little finger of your bottom hand well touch tightly up against the top hands index finger. Next up the overlapping grip, or Vardon grip is when the little finger of the bottom hand starts to overlap your index finger. It will rest in the groove between the index finger and middle finger of the top hand. It is named Vardon after the great American Harry Vardon, who made this grip popular through his extensive success from using it. Finally, the interlocking grip is simply when you make a gap between your middle and index finger on the top hand, and then let the little finger of your bottom hand come in between them. Making a tight grip where once again all 10 fingers touch the club, just in a different interlocking order to a baseball grip.
That concludes our tips on how to hold a golf club from First Rate Sports. We hope this helps make the minefield of gripping a golf club lot better and also helps people simplify their grip so they can enjoy their game no matter what their level is. Good luck out on the course.