Gord's Golf Tip # 1: The Golf Grip

This is the first in a series of weekly golf tips by Gord Hayward designed to help you play better and get more enjoyment out of your game.

A good golf swings begins with a good grip. Here are some key points to improving your golf grip. (for a right handed golfer).

Left Hand Placement:

The club should run through the first two creases in your first finger and the top crease in your little finger.

The v formed by your thumb and your first finger should point at your right shoulder.

The club handle sits under the fatty heel portion of you palm.

You should see between 2 - 2 1/2 knuckles when you look down at the club (neutral to slightly strong grip).

Your thumb sits mostly on top of the grip.

You are gripping the club in your fingers, but slightly more in the palm of your left hand than with the right hand.

The butt of the club extends 1/8 or more past the end of your hand.

Right Hand Placement:

The club is running between the first two middle creases of your fingers.

The v formed by your thumb and fist finger is pointing some place between your chin and your right shoulder (Neutral to slightly strong grip).

The thumb is positioned slightly to the left of the top portion of the grip.

Complete Grip:

There are three main golf grips: overlapping, interlocking and baseball. The first two are the most common, but all are good grips. The only difference between these grips is the placement of your little finger. 

Grip pressure should be light with both hands, on a scale of 1-10 your grip pressure should be between 2 and 3. Tension kills the golf swing and gripping the club to tight creates tension.

For example if you had a bird in your hands and did not want to let the bird fly away and at the same time did not want to hurt the bird. This is how tight to hang on to the club.

Grip the club like you have a hammer in your hand. If you are pounding in a nail and you hang on to the hammer tightly it takes longer to get the nail in than hanging on to the hammer lightly and letting the hammer do more of the work. The same principle applies to hanging on and swinging a golf club.

If you are over the ball and fully open both hands on the grip, your palms should be opposing each other, the back of your left hand should face the target and the palm of your right hand should also face the target. If your hands are in this position, they are in a neutral grip position and working together on the club. This promotes a good swing path, hinging/unhinging of the wrists and promotes the club to make contact with the ball in a square position, facing and traveling down the target line at impact. 

Watch for part 2 of this series coming out one week from now.