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Grip

Grip refers to both the piece that makes up the handle of the golf club which is made up of rubber and the position of a player's hands on the golf club. There are 3 main styles of gripping a golf club. The interlock, the overlap and the ten finger grip. Which style a player chooses depends on the size and shape of the player's hands, their comfort level and to some extent their skill level.

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Grip Tips

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  • Grip With Pressure Points

    Feel like you are holding the grip with the last 3 fingers of your lead hand and the middle two fingers of your rear hand. Putting pressure in these important areas is all you need to hold onto the golf club and will keep you from being overly tight. If you squeeze too tight with your entire hand, it will cause your forearms to get tight. This will make your swing slow down and it will be difficult to keep your swing smooth.

  • Use Your Putting Stroke for the Putt-Chip

    For the putt-chip, simply use your putting grip and posture. Think of this shot as no different than a putt really other than you have an iron in your hands. The shot will come off quite a bit softer than a bump and run and is one of the most simple if not the most simple shot in golf.

  • For Quicker Tempos, Try a Tighter Grip

    If you have a quicker tempo, try a bit of a tighter grip. While we don't want to add tension to the grip and make the swing jerky and inconsistent, a quick tempo can sometimes be difficult to control. Holding the putter too loosely and being quick could cause the face to move in your hands. Adding a bit more pressure will help you maintain better control if this is the case with you.

  • For Slower Tempos Grip Light

    If you have a slower tempo try a lighter pressure on the grip. Tensing up with a slow tempo can cause you to move the putter head all over the place. This results in pushes and pulls as the putter head swings off line. It can also cause the face to open and close too much throughout the swing. A light pressure will let the putter head swing more like a natural pendulum and keep it on line.

  • A Stronger Lead Hand Will Help You Release

    If you tend to push putts to the right try a stronger grip with your lead hand to help rotate the face back to square. For a right handed player this would mean turning your left hand more to the right. Ideally we want to have our palms facing each other in a neutral grip position. If however you are having difficulty getting the face back to square, a slight change by rotating your lead hand can be a big help.

  • 3 Point Check for a Slipping Grip

    If your club is constantly slipping in your hands there are 3 easy solutions. First off make sure that you have the grip properly placed in your hand. Check out my articles on grip or work with a qualified teaching professional to make sure you are holding it correctly. Second, if you aren't wearing a glove you might want to try one as they really do help with traction. Along with this is the obvious issue - make sure your grips aren't getting worn out and slick. The third solution is to try a chord grip which works well for many players. When your hands are sweaty or you are playing in the rain, even a half chord grip can help you maintain hold of the club without slippage.

  • Tension Makes For a Jerky Stroke

    Never grip the putter too tight as that will make your stroke rigid. To make a nice smooth pendulum stroke that stays on line, it's important to let the putter swing rather than trying to direct it. When we tense up too much, the muscles in our arms and shoulders can become jerky. That kind of tension can force the putter off line. If your shoulders, arms and hands are relaxed, the stroke will be natural.

  • Grip With Medium Pressure

    Squeeze the club with your fingers at a 4 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the tightest you can hold it. Many players use the analogy of holding a baby bird or squeezing a tube of toothpaste. The idea is to hold the club firmly enough that it won't slip out of your fingers or change position, but not too tight that it will affect your swing. When you squeeze too tightly, your muscles become rigid and jerky. This makes it almost impossible to have a nice smooth swing that stays on plane.

  • Should You Wear a Glove?

    The question often comes up with beginners as to whether or not you should wear a glove while you play golf. While many good players have been successful without one, the vast majority of professionals do wear one. I suggest that you try to get comfortable with a glove to help on hot days when your palms are sweaty and especially if you get sweaty palms when nervous. It's nice to have that extra traction to help prevent slippage and blisters.

  • Grip Styles Vary Dramatically

    There is no correct way to grip the putter, only ways that are preferred. Even among professionals grips vary dramatically from player to player. All that matters is that a player's grip is soft, eliminates excessive hand action and helps them to get the putter face back to square at impact.

  • The Bigger Your Grip, the Less Wrists You Use

    To eliminate excessive wrist action try a fatter grip. You can by bigger grips and even huge ones like you may have seen KJ Choi use. You can also use tennis tape to build up your own grip. The more of your palm it takes to hold the grip, the quieter your wrists will be. The more you hold a grip down in your fingers, the more active your wrists will be.

  • Hold the Putter in Your Palms

    To prevent excessive movement of the face, make sure you are holding the grip in your palm with your thumbs pointing straight down the shaft. Keeping your palms facing each other ensures a neutral grip. When one hand is turned inward or outward your forearm position is altered. This encourages rotation of your arms and wrists during the stroke which would alter the clubface.

  • The Bigger Your Grip, The Less Wristy You Will Be

    Try a fat grip. If you are having major troubles with speed control, chances are your hands and wrists may be too involved. When the little muscles are over active, it's hard to be consistent. You could try to wrap your grip with tennis grip tape to fatten it up or purchase a new grip altogether like the super fat one that you may have seen K.J. Choi use. The bigger the grip and the more you have to palm it and the stiffer your wrists will be.

  • Gripping in Your Fingers Makes You More Wristy

    Try to get the grip to sit on your lifelines in each palm. This helps to place the grip in your palms as opposed to your fingers. When you hold a club in your fingers your wrists become more supple and therefore more active. When you grip it in your palms on the other hand your wrists become more stiff and therefore less active.

  • Choke Up For Control

    When chipping, choke up and inch or two for better control over the club head. This holds true for all short game shots and perhaps sand shots more than more than any other. Choking up allows you to keep your hands ahead of the clubhead and maintain control. When the head of the club passes your hands you are no longer in control of what it does and it's easy to hit fat, thin and inconsistent shots.

  • Open the Face First; Grip It Second

    When setting up for a greenside bunker shot, you should lay your clubface open first, then place your hands on the grip. Golfers often make the mistake of taking their normal grip and then twisting their arms until the face is open. This will affect the direction of your takeaway and force the club inside too much. Instead, lay the club open and then take your normal grip and arm position as you set up.

  • Are Your Grips the Right Size?

    When trying to find the right grip size for yourself, know that the general rule is that the fingers in your lead or top hand (left for right handed players) should barely touch your palm. I use term "general rule" because a lot depends on your shot pattern with your ball, what your swing looks like and what your goals are. If you have arthritic hands or other issues with your hands a fatter grip will end up being best. If you are too handsy, a hook can result and a fatter grip could help off set this mistake. The best case scenario is to work with a qualified fitter or at the very least a qualified teaching professional to make sure your grip size is right for your game.

  • When to Change Your Grips

    You should change your grips more often than you probably think. Most experts will say at least once a year, but if you play frequently you should consider changing them every 6 months. Air, sweat and oil from your hands, heat and cold are are elements that can affect the wear and tear on your grips. Even if they don't feel slick to you and you aren't getting indentations in them, they probably are not up to par if it's been over 6 months.

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