Consistency Part 2: The Grip - August 2006
By David La Pour
As we continue our series on consistency, we will be talking about some basic things that all golfers need to do pertaining to grip. The four basics grips are:
10- finger grip
Over lapping grip
In working on the 10-finger grip, one of the best ways to hold the club is to stand up straight with the butt of the club
resting on your lead (closest to the hole) thigh. Notice how your hands hang from your shoulders and,
starting with your lead hand, slowly move it over to the top of the grip. Wrap your fingers around the end of the club,
making sure your lead hand thumb is on the trailing side of the grip. Next, take your trailing hand and slowly move
it over to the grip, wrapping your fingers around the bottom half of the grip. Your hands should touch each other,
as you would like them to work as one unit and not separately. Try and keep the grip out of
the palms of both hands and into the fingers as you hold the club.
The other three grips
mentioned above all have to do with intertwining the lead hand forefinger and the
trailing hand pinky finger. Interlocking means locking these two fingers together,
over lapping means just putting the pinky finger on top of the lead hand forefinger, and
interlace means doing a combo of both. Golfers with shorter fingers, like Jack Nicklaus,
should use interlocking grips. Newer golfers sometimes find the 10-finger grip more comfortable.
The good news is that you will probably be using this grip for both your half and full swing golf shots, so this grip is one for a lifetime.
Grip pressure is an important subject that we all need to consider. First off, we should realize
that the grip is shaped like a cone, tapered (skinny) at the bottom of the grip and fat at the top.
The main reason it is shaped like this is because of the centrifugal force that occurs when we swing
the club. When we swing, the club literally gets wedged into our hands as it moves down and through
the golf swing. You could compare this to the end of the baseball bat where the batters have a knob
to hold onto as they swing. This keeps the bat from slipping out of their hands. It is the same principle
for the golf club.
As I often mention, the death grip is not conducive to a nice relaxed golf swing,
and the club rarely goes flying out of our hands when we swing (at least not unintentionally). Another
way to think about grip pressure is on a scale of one to ten, where one is barely holding the club and
ten is the death grip, try and hold the club at a four or five.
If you are unsure about how to hold the club, most of our WP golf shops have training
aids designed to help you with how to put your hands on the club. Stop on by and we
would be happy to help you get a grip on your golf game! Good luck and we’ll see you on the course!
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