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November 16, 2021
There are more areas of agreement than disagreement concerning the grip among teachers and players. These areas of consensus are:
The consensus guidelines listed above could be used to develop a philosophy on the grip—however, many variations impact results for individual students. Preference choices can be made for each of the four basic principles of grip (placement, positioning, pressure, and precision).
Placement refers to the location of the player’s hands on the vertical axis of the club. How far up or down the shaft is each hand placed? Should a player choke down on the grip or go up slightly over the butt end? Are the hands spread apart? Are they flush with each other, overlapped, double overlapped, one on top of the other (as in some players’ putting grip), or cross-handed?
These are examples of placement choices. The choice of grip placement is affected by the size of the player’s hands and their strength and suppleness. For example, the Vardon overlapping grip was passed down from one of the game’s early great players, Harry Vardon, who had large fingers and strong hands. Even so, other options must be considered for players who do not have athletic hands, like those with short fingers, those weak in grip strength, junior players, and others who find the overlap position less suitable for their hand structure.
The ten-finger grip, sometimes called a baseball grip, is natural for most new players. They seek to cover more of the grip surface to use the right hand to exert pressure against the shaft to square the face and provide power. A ten-finger grip that does not overlap or interlock offers more right-hand leverage because more of the grip surface on the lower part of the shaft is covered. This grip is often recommended for young golfers, players with smaller hands that occupy less area on the hold, or players who cannot generate sufficient speed through centrifugal force using their more prominent muscles. Placing additional emphasis on the right hand by putting more of it on the grip could be a disadvantage if the player has not trained their left side to be an equal partner in the swing. The ten-finger grip is generally recommended for those previously mentioned because of the tendency to put early leverage pressure on the shaft with the right hand.
The grip is what aims the club face and starts a ball in a particular direction.
Left (lead) hand should attach to the club so that the hinge pin and heel pad sit on top of the grip.
Right (trail) hand should match up symmetrically to left and form a trigger between the right index finger and thumb.
Grip pressure should be in the last three fingers of your left hand and the middle two fingers of the right hand.
Grip pressure needs to be firm enough to have full control of the golf club.
Source: PGA of America
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