How to Hold a Golf Club:
Golf Tips from Coach Meurig
If you're new to golf, learning how to hold a golf club is one of the first things you should do. A proper grip is essential for developing a consistent and effective swing, and there are different golf grips you can use depending on your preferences and needs. In this article, we'll explore different golf grip techniques to help you find the one that works best for you.
Different Golf Grips
Let’s learn how to hold a golf club. In the video above, Coach Meurig teaches that there are three different golf grips commonly used in golf: The baseball grip, the interlocking grip, and the overlap grip. Following Coach Meurig’s instructions, try out each of these grips to find the best one for you.
- The Baseball Grip: All fingers of the left and right hand grip the club. This is mainly used by junior golfers who find the baseball grip helpful in creating more speed.
- Interlocking Grip: The pinky of the right hand interlocks with the pointer finger of the left hand. This is a common grip for players with small hands, but it can also be helpful if you struggle to keep a tight grip on the club with other grip styles.
- Overlap Grip: Overlap the pinky of the right hand with the pointer finger of the left hand. This is the most widely used golf grip.
Golf Grip Technique
Your grip on the golf club affects your ability to swing. After you decide on your grip style, further improve your technique with the proper club-in-hand placement and appropriate grip pressure.
Most people tend to grip the golf club in the palm, but this makes it difficult to swing and square the club face. Coach Meurig teaches that you should instead hold the club in your fingers! First, place the club handle at the base of your fingers in your left hand and wrap your fingers around the handle. Holding the club directly in front of you with the club square, rotate your left hand so that you see 2 ½ knuckles. Then, place your right hand according to your preferred grip style.
Holding the club in the fingers allows you to more easily hinge, unhinge, and square the club face as you swing.
Grip pressure is also critical to achieving a good golf swing. Many golfers make the mistake of gripping the club too tightly, which can lead to tension in the arms and shoulders, a loss of feel, and a decrease in swing speed. Conversely, gripping the club too loosely can result in a lack of control and a loss of power. The key is to find the right balance between grip pressure and control. One way to achieve this is to hold the club with a firm, but not too tight grip, focusing on maintaining consistent pressure throughout the swing. Another golf grip technique is to practice holding the club with just the last three fingers of each hand, which can help strengthen the grip and improve control.
Mastering how to hold a golf club is a crucial step in becoming a better golfer. By exploring different golf grips and practicing proper grip pressure, you can improve your swing and achieve better results on the course. Remember to hold the club in your fingers, find the right grip pressure, and stay committed to practicing your golf grip techniques. Whether you choose the baseball grip, the interlocking grip, or the overlap grip, the most important thing is to find the one that works for you and stick with it.