I am sure you have all heard words like overlap, ten finger, interlocked, v’s to the trail shoulder, thumbs at 10:30 and 1:30, or maybe even heal pad to the second knuckle of the index finger… so let’s not go there. Instead let me just say that I have seen many good swings stifled by poor or unorthodox grips, and have also seen many mediocre swings hit quality golf shots by having great position of the hands on the golf club. There is a reason why the grip is discussed in one of the very first chapters of every golf instructional book you have read… holding onto your club correctly allows you to return the club-face back to the proper position at impact (square to the target more often than not) and allows you to properly hinge your wrists to generate club head speed. If you are gripping the club incorrectly you will either be hitting your shots the wrong distance and/or crooked or you will have to be making a compensation for your less than optimum grip, usually (and once again) causing your shots to go the wrong distance and/or crooked. While there are some optional preferences in how we can grip the club, for most of us there will be one perfect position for your hands that with a proper release allows you to consistently square the club-face at impact. How do you discover it? Well, here comes the tip… seek out the services of your friendly local neighbourhood Golf Professional and let us make sure that your golf grip is not keeping you from playing your best golf ever.
See you on the Range, Dave Lengyel