How to Grip a Golf Club – Does Strength Really Matter?
The much coveted perfect golf grip is something all golfers strive for but does it really matter? How to hold golf club is certainly one of the most talked about topics when it comes to golf instruction and technique. You'll often hear people make comments about a grip being too strong, too weak or even neutral. The truth is that the grip probably gets a little too much emphasis. There are some good rules of thumb to follow, but ultimately, the technique for holding the club doesn't have to be overly complicated. You could teach a complete neophyte the proper grip in a single day.
It's All About Positioning
The relative strength of your grip owes a lot to the positioning of your left hand. This is known as your control hand, and it affects every aspect of your put. It doesn't require actual strength to hold the golf club, but you do have to have the right amount of control. The perfect golf grip has your wrist aligned directly with the pole of the golf club. A weak grip will have a slight bend in the wrist of the left hand. This can cause the golf club to be held loosely, which will affect your ability to swing. The strongest grip occurs when your left hand actually leans over the club and goes too far down the handle.
When you swing with a weak grip, the club may move around in the palm while swinging, and this can cause a lag in the club head. The result is a swing that is loose and not powerful enough to get an accurate swing. Having a grip that is too strong is typically a sign of an amateur. This can occur as the result of trying to strengthen the right hand to get the thumb placement directly behind the shaft of the club. Since the thumb is a powerful finger, it gives the sense of better control. Take your time when learning how to grip a golf club, and you'll experience a more enjoyable play with less fatigue.
Getting the Right Grip Pressure
When you hold your club, it should feel stable. The handle shouldn't slide around during your swing, and you should have good control over your club. If you notice any tension in your wrists, arms or shoulders, you need to relax and grip less tightly. The tension is typically caused by gripping too hard.
Don't think of your swing as trying to propel the club through the air with as much force as possible. Instead, think of the swing as a pendulum of sorts. It builds speed towards the bottom of the swing in a single fluid motion. The golf head plays a huge role in this. Choose the right golf head for the put, and you'll let the club end up doing most of the work.
Whatever you do, don't try to force the stroke by using your hands. Your hands are simply there to hold the club. The real force comes from a natural and controlled swing that balances the club in your hand. A professional knows that if the stroke uses good form, the right amount of force will be provided. The wrists should always feel loose and free. If you have too tight of a grip, you simply won't get the control or speed you want.
In many ways, you have to give up control to gain control. By trusting that the right grip will help you get a stronger attack, you'll be able to play more effectively. Try to aim for the lightest grip possible while still keeping it securely in your hand. This may feel awkward at first, but you'll understand the genius of it after a few tries.
Playing With Pressure
Try an experiment to find out the right pressure you should be using to hold your club. Hold the club as lightly as possible without dropping it. Now, hold it as tightly as you can and then let it go. Go for somewhere right in between these two pressures, and then reduce that pressure by another 50 percent. This is the right grip pressure that you should use. Your wrists and forearms should be free and loose, and you should still feel like you have control of the club.
If you're gripping too tightly, it's likely because you're trying to gain too much control. If you have any doubts at all, chances are good that you're gripping the club too tightly. At the end of a day on the green, your hands should not feel tight and constricted.
The majority of the pressure on the club should involve the smallest three fingers on your left hand. These fingers are used to hold the golf club. The other fingers should simply rest lightly on the golf club. They act as balancers to hold the club in place while still allowing a good amount of freedom of movement. In fact, you should feel like your little finger is doing most of the work.
Apply Constant Pressure
The heavier the club you use, the more you'll increase your grip. Everyone does this, but it's important to try to resist this urge. Your grip shouldn't change depending on the weight of the club.
Try alternating between very light and heavy clubs. Chances are you'll instinctively hold the heavier club tighter.
Now, instead of going back and forth between your lightest and heaviest, get the right grip on your lightest club and then move up to the next lightest.
Once you've done that and maintained the same grip, go back down to the lighter club. Then, move up to the third lightest club before moving back to the lightest again.
Continue this rotation while continually increasing the weight of the club, but always returning to the lightest club. This will help you get used to using the same light grip on all of your clubs.
Don't Regrip During the Swing
Some students end up regripping between swings when they change their grip. Hit two or three balls in a row and check to see if your club face is re-aligned. If you moved your hand positioning, then chances are you've re-gripped. It's something you'll want to pay attention to and focus on as you improve your swing.
How to Regrip a Golf Club?
A worn out grip will cost you shots especially if its worn out and offers little grip. Golf grips have a lifespan and just like anything that is constantly used, and it needs to be replaced when the time comes.
Regripping golf clubs is easy than many golfers think. There will be variations, but the necessary steps in regripping golf clubs remain the same.
Things you need:
- New grips
- Vise and rubber vice clamps
- Utility knife
- Two-sided grip tape
- Grip solvent
Secure the shaft in a vise near the tip of the grip with the rubber vise clamp. Place the club face perpendicular to the floor in the playing position.
Remove the old grip with the utility knife with a hook blade to avoid damaging the shaft Peel off the old grip and grip tape. Clean off the residue using a cloth and as grip solvent.
Hold the new grip parallel to the shaft to know how much it needs to be covered by the tape.
Use 3/4″ or 2″ double-sided grip tape. If 3/4″ tape is used, wrap the shaft in a spiral formation from the top to the point where the bottom of the grip will be on the shaft. Remove the tape backing and cover the end of the shaft with extra tape.
Cover the hole in the butt end with your finger or golf tee, and pour Mineral Spirits Grip Solvent inside the new grip. Close the open end of the grip with your hand and shake to spread the solvent the entire inside of the grip.
Pour out the excess Mineral Spirits Grip Solvent over the entire length of the two-sided tape and apply generously. Use a tray to catch excess grip solvent for use on other clubs.
Place the grip over the shaft butt onto the club by squeezing the open end of the grip. It should be done while the grip tape is still wet with the grip solvent. Push the grip onto the club and be sure the grip butt is against the shaft butt.
Align the grip with the pattern square to the clubface within a minute of applying the grip solvent.
Let the grips dry for 24 hours.
Understanding Proper Placement
When you're holding your club, it's the left hand that supports the majority of the weight. You'll use just the heel pad and the trigger finger on your left hand to hold the club.
Next, place your right hand on the club. Both of your hands should be touching, but don't push them together too much. The ring finger on your right hand should fit right alongside the index finger on your left hand. You can interlock your little finger to make it more secure. Finally, the right thumb should fold right over the left thumb for the most secure grip.
When you have the proper grip, you should feel like your hands have melded together in a comfortable way. The grip should be solid and secure, and you shouldn't have the feeling that the club will slip out of your hands.
On a scale of 1 to 10, use a grip strength of about 3 to ensure that you're not grasping the club too strongly. Feel how loose you can make your wrists and forearms while holding the club in a secure manner. Wiggle the club back and forth a few times, and check to make sure that your grip hasn't moved.
The trick to a good grip is learning how to maintain just the right amount of pressure to avoid losing your positioning on the club's handle. The bony ridge on top of your left wrist should always stay directly over the center of the handle. If it's moving, then you need to apply a bit more pressure to prevent losing your position. But, don't use every finger in both of your hands to do this. You should be able to maintain adequate pressure with the smaller three fingers, and then gently guide the club with your remaining fingers.
How to Hold a Golf Club for Beginners?
The golfer’s grips are the only physical link between the body and the golf club. Having good grips make it easier to move hands and the arms properly through the golf swing and hit the ball with a square clubface. The correct golf grip can also sure a lot of shot issues and help golfers develop a consistent setup.
If you’re a beginner golfer, there are several ways of how to hold golf clubs. The first step is to orient your hands on the golf club. For right-hand players, the left hand will be placed on top, closer to the butt of the club shaft, with the right hand just below the left hand.
For lefties, do it in reverse. The thumb of the top hand should be extended down the club’s handle. It should not be wrapped around the grip’s underside.
There are different ways of unifying the hands on the golf club. The three most commonly used are interlocking grip, the Verdon/overlocking grip and baseball grip/10 finger grip:
- Interlocking grip. The pinky finger of the bottom hand is locked between the middle finger and the index of the top hand.
- Verdon or overlapping grip. This is the most popular grip among PGA Tour professionals. This overlap grip is almost similar to the interlocking grip. Instead of linking the fingers of the top and bottom hand, the left index and the middle finger are placed together, and the right pinky finger is placed on the top gap between them.
- Baseball grip or 10 finger grip. This mostly common among beginners, juniors, and amateur players. All ten fingers go onto the club grip. Most golfers using this grips the club precisely like a baseball bat, which wraps the left thumb around the club grip.
How Do You Swing a Golf Club Properly?
The adaptations of the interlocking grip, overlapping grip, and the baseball grip have morphed into having the left hand (lead hand) and the right hand (trail hand) in a weak position, neutral position or a strong position. The USPGA players refer to these as an open-faced grip, a neutral grip as well as a closed face grip
A player’s grip and golf swing will depend on many factors like strength, arm swing versus body swing and body speed while rotating.
Weak Grip For The Left Hand
The weak grip with the left-hand grip is achieved when the player can look down the ball and see less than two knuckles. The V of the left hand will be pointing to the golfer’s chin.
It is achieved by turning the hands in a counter-clockwise motion around the club grip or to the left. It allows the left thumb to be placed on the target side of the golf club. If the hands are turned around more around the club, the clubface and the golf ball will be influenced more on the downswing.
Strong Grip For The Left Hand
The strong grip with the left hand is achieved when the player can look down and see three knuckles or more. With a strong grip, the V of the left hand pointed towards the shoulder.
It is achieved by turning the hands clockwise around the handle or to the right. This allows the left thumb to rest on the right side of the grip. If the hands are turned around more around the club, the clubface and the golf ball will be influenced.
Neutral Grip For The Left Hand
The neutral grip with the left hand is accomplished when the player can look down the golf ball and see two knuckles. This allows the golfer to synchronize an arm and body motion together. The V of the left-hand will point towards the shoulder. The left thumb would be just on the right side of the grip.
These are the proper golf grips for lefties. Let’s discuss the proper golf grips for right-handers.
Weak Grip For The Right Hand
The weak grip with the right hand is achieved when the golfer can look down at the golf ball, and the V between the thumb and the palm is pointing to the chin. This grip is accomplished by turning the right hand counterclockwise around the golf grip.
Strong Grip The Right Hand
The V of the right hand is pointing towards the right shoulder. This is accomplished by turning the hands clockwise around the golf grip. This allows the left thumb to rest precisely on the right side of the grip.
Neutral Grip For The Right Hand
The neutral grip is accomplished when the golfer can look down at the ball, and the V between the thumb and palm is pointing at the right ear. This allows the player to blend an arm and body motion. The right thumb would be just on the right side of the grip.
Practice Makes Perfect
The most important thing is to not be afraid to make mistakes. Go out and practice. Experiment with finding the right grip, and take your time to ensure that you get the right grip each time. If you have to spend 10 minutes setting up the perfect grip, that's completely okay.
The brain doesn't differentiate between a good and bad grip when you're learning how to grip a golf club. It simply goes with whatever you train it to do. If you train with a bad grip, you will always have a poor grip. If you take your time and get the perfect grip each time, your brain will learn and you'll be able to speed up the time it takes to get the right grip. Practice