Getting the Correct Golf Grip Every Time

By: Sam Stingger


For the palm and finger golf grip, start with your hands directly facing each other as you grasp the club. Place your left hand on the shaft so that it contacts slantwise across your palm through the bend of your index finger. This hand will grip by combination of both your palm and your fingers. Closing your hand, the club should come to rest in your palm and first two fingers. Between your little finger and the club, you should automatically have a flap of skin. This will protect you from the friction of the swing. This is your check point for proper palm and finger golf grip.
When you address the ball and observe the position of your hands, you should notice just two knuckles, the ones at the bottom of both the index and middle fingers. Just two knuckles! This is your second and final sign for the correct positioning of this hand.
The next step to getting the correct golf grip is assessing the right hand. The right hand is very important, both in the way it grasps the club and in the way it fits against the left. Let's take the club first. It has been said that the grip with the right hand is a finger grip. This is true but where in the fingers? This is at the very base or root of the second and third fingers, where they meet the palm. This is the best place because there the club can be held most securely.
There is not only less chance but less inclination, with such a grip, to loosen the hand at the top of the swing or anywhere else. Such a grip, because it is at the very edge of the palm, makes for a tighter connecting joint between arm and club, with less give than any other. It transmits more power when the ball is struck.
Any type of hold higher in the fingers of your right hand is unreliable. This is a somewhat relaxed hold to start with, and the propensity is to relax it even more when you are at the top of your swing. Also, there is likely to be more give when you hit the ball.
We have identified the right-hand grip as being taken with the second and third fingers because, of course, the index finger is separated slightly from the middle finger and is hooked low around the club. The little finger, in the overlapping or interlocking grips, does not touch the club at all. In the so-called ten-finger grip, though, the little finger would grasp the club exactly as the second and third do.
We recommend the following putting grip for our putters. If you are right handed, then hold the grip comfortably in the left hand first. Next put your right hand below your left and behind the shaft. Adjust the height of the right hand so that the shaft fits into the groove between the fingers and palm. Now slowly bring the right hand up until the little finger overlaps the index finger of the left hand.
You should notice your right palm comes up and is facing expressly to the left, and that the middle of the bottom of this hand fits comfortably over the big knuckle at the bottom of your left thumb. Your two thumbs should be on the shaft with your left positioned a bit to the right of the top and the right positioned to the left of the top, in the ten o'clock and two o'clock positions as they say.
The well-known V's, formed by the folds of flesh between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, should both point a shade to the right of the chin, to about the inside joint of the collar bone.
That's all there is to it! Congratulations, now you know how to get the correct golf grip and with a bit of practice you'll get it right every time.

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