Today I will tell you how to place your hand on the club, the pressure you should put on, the role of different parts of the hands, how that modifies the swing, which grip is necessary for what, etc. Whether right-handed or left-handed, this article is sufficient for both; I will say it that way.
So don’t miss the notes and stay here till the end.
There is no perfect grip in golf. But there are some things to follow, and golfing might be easier for you. There are certain things we need to avoid and certain things we should follow to produce a better impact on the golf ball. So, if you have a poor grip or have poor influence because of your grasp, it will help you improvise and make it easier today.
How Do You Put Your Hands On The Club?
Let’s get that straight: how you put your hand on the golf club will induce more on the face of the club than any other part you possess. The hands must get on the golf club to allow you to get the clubface square to the path you are swinging on.
And yes, there are variations. You need to know when you should interlock, when you should overlap, and when you should use a two-handed grip. But nothing will influence your game more than how you put your hands on the club. It is beyond vital to get this correct.
How the hands go on the golf club is how you put your hands on the club, perhaps called grip. Now I will talk about the lead hand and trail hand, and I am not talking about the right hand on the left hand. So, it makes sense to both rights and left-handers.
Your hand is the only body part that touches the club. So the way you position your hand is more necessary than anything. First, let’s talk about the lead hand.
The club neither sits on the fingers nor the palm. Instead, it goes partially on the fingers and across the palm, and the heel pad also called the sixth finger by the great golfers, adheres to the club on the top of it. When you close your fingers around the club, your pointer finger and thumb will make a “V,” That V should point to your trial shoulder.
The trial hand is not that important, but it still matters. Your trail hand would go underneath the club, and the fingers hit the bottom of the grip. Your trail hand lifeline should be on the lead hand’s thumb. This is how another “V” is made, which also points to the shoulder of the trail hand.
Always keep in mind that the way of putting your hands on the club is more influential than anything you can do to the ball.
Knuckles And Snuffbox
At first, which Knuckle and snuffbox? Always remember, this is about your lead hand.
So, when pointing to your trail shoulder, the V of your lead hand, your snuffbox should be on top of your club, which helps you swing the club well.
Knuckles are essential to ensure a firm grip and long shot. You should see three Knuckles of a lead hand as you glance down and look at it. So if you place the club in the wrong way, you might see 1 or 2 Knuckles, Where 2 Knuckle seeing is considered neutral, and ones are deemed to be a weak grip.
This requires practicing. Let me tell you that first. But, as you get used to it, this will be your top choice to make a solid and long shot.
Your knuckles of the lead hand indicate how strongly you are holding the club but what happens to those as you tend to make the shot? You lead hand knuckles to go to the downside. And if not, then try to make that. Let me explain.
Think about a shot you want to make. As I said earlier, as you hold the club, the club goes halfway back at first. By doing that, you can gather the potential of the shot. And as it comes halfway down, it touches the ball, and the potential energy turns into the ball’s kinetic energy, right??
Now see, when your hand is coming toward the ball, there is a moment when the club becomes parallel to the ground. Right after that moment, turn your lead hand knuckles facing down. Knuckles down, palm facing upward, and this will make your shot stronger than ever.
Good accessories are always a better choice. And if you are a beginner, you might choose appropriate gloves with placement tattoos, or you can draw over the gloves you use, which will help you place your hand in the correct position.
For example, as we said earlier, the club’s placement on the lead hand would be partially on the fingers and the palm. So you can mark the place on your gloves. So it will be easier for you to remember. And markings will not let you forget where to place what.
The clubs you are using should be comfortable for you. There are many options in the market. Try to get the best you find. In the beginning, you might think you are at the learning stage. So why choose the best one? But it is always worth it.
It is not something that you need to do. But try to have the finest one possible for you.
Choice of Grip
There is a choice of picking the grip you want. There is overlap, interlock, or two-handers grip.
The overlap grip is the most commonly seen in golfers. The overlapping is done by placing the trail hand’s pinky on the lead hand’s index finger. This adds more advantages to those who have long hands particularly.
The interlock is done by locking the trail hand’s pinky against the lead hand’s index finger. This is not loose; there is no gap; this is a lock, which adds more power to your shot. It’s good if you are powerful and have plenty of speed.
The two-hander’s grip is also called baseball grip by some people. However, there is a difference because, in baseball, it is held in the palm. So, the two convenient grips are good for adding golf head speed and are more suitable for senior or lady golfers. It is done when you want to make a distance, but you know you are not strong enough.
Many people ask me about grip pressure. What should be my grip pressure? Loose or tight or what?
There are no such things as perfect or correct grip pressure. Usually, we give a number on a scale of 1 to 10. But what works for you always depends on
you. People say the pressure would be like holding a ball or squeezing toothpaste.
You will see many golfers with such tight grip pressure that they will crack the club or some having too light that you might think the club will fall from the hands. But they managed it that way to make the shot. So, no pressure is right or wrong, and you must use it your way. But being in the mid, which means 4 or 5 or 6, is always recommended.
But, always remember, you have to put this pressure only and only on your grip to hold the club, but your hand has to be loose. You can’t tighten your arms or the rest of your hand. In the beginning, golfers make this mistake. They tend to hold the club too tight, thinking a tighter grip may help cover a long distance. But along with that, they don’t ensure that their hands are loose, not stiff. So, this makes the shot not so desired.
There is also one important thing to know about grip pressure. It has to be the same, and you should maintain the pressure from the time of holding to the time of making a shot.
Exact Grip With the Different Club?
There are very few grip sizes out there. On the other hand, to maintain consistency, the same grip would help. So, using the exact grip with every different club is possible, as there is a significantly more minor variation. A small to thick grip might affect your swing differently from the long hold. But, it is a matter to be noted that grip size is more critical to pick than picking off the grip.
Every golfer’s hand size is entirely different. So, every golfer must get fitted into the right grip size. Are you having difficulties choosing your grip size?
First, I want to tell you what happens if you don’t pick the correct grip size.
If your grip size is too large for you, you may push the ball to the right, leaving that clubface open. On the other hand, if your grip size is small for you, you may pull it or hook some of the shots. So you must have enough knowledge about your grip size.
There are some ways you can check the grip size. The first would be measuring your hand and fingers. “Ping” has a chart showing the standard grip size you should pick according to your hand size. Again you can hold the club and close your fingers around the club where you can see whether your fingers reach your palm or not. That’s how you can find if the grip is thick for you or not.
You can also understand this by your glove’s size. If you have a small hand and use small gloves, you may need a larger grip, or if you have a large hand or use large gloves, you won’t need a small grip.
Apart from this, grip size depends on how you are swinging. If you love to hook the ball a lot or slice the ball a lot, it’s a great way to pay attention to the size of the grip you are playing and how much you leave that clubface open.
Roll With Putter
Don’t forget the putter. It’s one in many of your bags but has some extra importance. As we all know, a putter is used to cover a short distance.
Till now, this was ok. But how to hold the putter? Is it ok to keep the putter as before, or does it have another way to grip it? Yes, there are. You don’t hold the putter as before. Because then you had to hit the ball firmly to cover a vast distance.
There are claws, coaches, cross-handed, and many ways to get the job done. But essentially want a grip that allows your hands and wrists out of the stroke where everything works as a unit.
Place your lead hand and trial hand on the opposite but in the same way. Let me explain. It would help if you gripped it right up in the palm. Hold it with your lead hand, and then put your trail hand in a matching position. Your left hand will sit to the left and your right to the right. And you may set your pointer finger down the back. This is called the reverse overlap.
This is an excellent way of putting it. The whole unit works together, and the wrist does not move, which is the most needed while putting.
Now the perfect grip for golf is a divisible question. Look, what is an ideal grip? The perfect grip for golf would influence the leads to hit the ball.
If you look at the top golfers out there, you can see each has different or slightly different grips than others. So, if you want to change it because it looks different, you shouldn’t. Because the grip is about the shot, you wish to make every time.
The Necessity of correctly gripping the club is beyond anything. Also, one of the important notes here is that you need to make it constant. Consistency is the key here, and keep practicing with the grip you choose that gives you the best consistency and best possible results.