1) The Proper golf grip should start with a neutral grip. Grip the club at about a five on a one to ten scale. A grip that is too strong will limit your ability to turn the clubface over. A grip that is too weak will allow the clubface to move on impact.
Try This: Grip the club as hard as you can, then release. Do this repetitively until you realize your strongest grip and weakest grip. Find the median between both. This is the proper grip.
2) Now that you have your grip intensity, it is time to choose the type of grip.
Interlock, Overlap, Ten Finger Grip
Interlock: This type of grip is the most prevalent among golfers. It is the grip that most pro’s use. By interlocking your pinky and forefinger, it gives you an unfailing grip when hitting down on the ball.
To accomplish the interlocking grip, put your left hand on the top of the grip first (opposite for lefty’s). Now place your right hand over your left thumb. As you wrap your hands around the grip, interlock your right pinky and left forefinger. This will prevent your hands from slipping through impact and will allow you to power down on the ball.
Overlap: The overlap grip encompasses the same form as the interlock. Instead of interlocking your pinky and forefinger, you simply overlap the pinky. This grip feels a little bit more comfortable, but doesn’t offer the benefits of the interlock. Your pinky should fit in the crevice of your left middle and forefinger. The overlap grip is a grip that offers the comfort of the baseball grip while eliminating the irritability of the interlock.
Ten Finger Grip: Most beginners use this type of grip for its comfort. It involves no overlapping of the fingers. Both thumbs are pointed straight down and each hand is independent from one another. The ten-finger grip is not the most proper golf grip, but it is effective. The disadvantages include the tendency to grip the club harder and a lack of stability.
Although all these grips are acceptable, golfers should always use a grip enhancer to achieve a proper golf grip. Doing so will eliminate the occurrence of over-gripping and club slipping.
Here is a list of USGA Permitted Grip Enhancers to achieve the proper golf grip.
Quick Grip: Non-Sticky grip enhancer used to eliminate moisture. Comes in a convenient travel durable bottle. Perfect for dry conditions. (QuickGripGolf.com)
Stickigrips: Grip Enhancing cloth used to repel oil and perspiration. Comes in a re-sealable bag. Great for wet conditions. (stickigrips.com)
Handdri: Grip Enhancing sand bag. Comes in a convenient carry case. Excellent for wet and dry conditions.
Learn to perfect your grip and you’ll be on your way to a better golf game.
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