3 Basic Types of Golf Grips
Having the right golf grip for your game is just one of the many aspects that must come together in order for you to become the best golfer you can be. A good golf grip will help with control and flight of the ball. Adjusting your grip can correct flaws in your swing that cause you to slice or hook the ball. So, here are a few examples of grips to get you started. If you are already golfing on a regular basis with a solid grip, this will be a good reminder and bring you back to some of the basics that can often be overlooked by even the most experienced golfers.
There are three basic types of golf grips: Vardon/Overlapping, Interlocking, and Ten-Finger grips.
Vardon or Overlapping Grip
If you are a beginning golfer, this is probably the first golf grip you are going to learn. It was made popular by Harry Vardon. This grip is used by players with large strong hands and brings both hands closer together on the handle. After you place your hands on the club, take the pinky finger on your trail hand, and place it in between your index and middle finger on the lead hand (for a right-handed golfer, the lead hand is the left hand).
Many leading professional golfers, such as Tiger Woods use the interlocking grip. Place your hands on the golf club and intertwine your pinky finger on the trailing hand with the index finger on the lead hand. This is a good grip for people with smaller hands. This grip allows you to have more control of the club because of the way your hands are locked together. It also does not require a lot of forced pressure on the hands when they lock with the club handle, so if you have weak hands, you will find that it takes only a little effort to hold on.
For this grip, you’ll want to press the pinky finger of the trailing hand against the index finger of the lead hand. Then, with the lifeline of the trailing hand, cover the thumb of the lead hand. This grip is not the most popular but works well for a lot of golfers. Beginners, seniors, and women should explore this grip to see if it allows more power and distance.
Choosing the Best Golf Grip for You
Whether you are just starting out, or you are making it big, you should always work on perfecting your golf grip. Think of your club as another limb on your body. Do you want that limb to be in shape and well-tuned?
Put some thought and focus on it – you will have more control, and your game will show those improvements we all strive for.
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