How to Grip a Golf Club

The first thing you need to learn as a beginner golfer is how to grip a golf club. The proper gripping of the club is imperative in becoming a good ball striker. Having a consistent golf swing starts with a proper golf grip. Gripping the club slightly differently with every swing attempt, will result in inconsistencies and will almost certainly mean you wont hit the ball correctly. Why is it so important to grip the golf club properly every time you set up to the ball? Because, placing your hands in the proper position on the club will help to control the position of the clubface at impact.

Using a proper and fundamental golf grip can also help you to create power and feel in the golf swing. Wrist action is a great source of power in a golf swing, gripping to much in the palm of your hands will limit your wrist action, resulting in shorter tee shots and less feel.

So it should be obvious, that in order to create more feel in your swing, you will need to use the most sensitive parts of your hands (your fingers) when gripping the golf club.

Lead (or top) hand positioning on the golf club

When placing the club in your lead hand (left hand for right handed golfers) you want to make sure your gripping with more of your fingers than with your palm. One of the most common mistakes among beginner golfers is using a weak lead hand (grip that is too much in the palm of hand). This will often produce a slicing shot with less power.

Open Lead hand (left hand for right handed golfer) with palm facing up. draw an imaginary line from the crease at the base of your pinky finger to just above the knuckle crease on your index finger. This is where your clubs grip will be placed. Close your hand around the grip with your thumb at the top of club and place club head on the ground behind the golf ball. Square up the clubface with your target line. In the address position, looking down at your grip, you should see the knuckles of your index and middle fingers of the lead hand (top hand).

While looking down at your lead hand, a “V” will be formed between your index finger and thumb. The “V” should be pointing back towards your right shoulder at address.

The Trailing Hand (Bottom) Grip

For most players the trailing (bottom) hand is their dominant hand. For right handed golfers this will be your right hand. Positioning your trailing hand is important in producing power at impact in your downswing. It is also important to remember that both hands in the golf swing need to be equal partners. Make sure that your trailing hand is not overpowering your lead hand.

As you did with your lead hand (top hand), create an imaginary line within the fingers of your trailing hand. Starting line at the knuckle crease of your right hand ring finger and end at the top crease of your index finger. This is where the clubs grip will lay in your trailing (bottom) hand. Know, with your lead hand (top hand) perfectly gripping the club, place your trailing hands pinky finger between and rested on your index and middle finger of your lead hand. You could also use an interlocking grip, where your trailing hands pinky is locked under your lead hands index finger and over lead hands middle finger. This is your preference and ultimately what feels comfortable to you. Grip the club and cover your lead hands thumb. The “V” formed from your index finger and thumb, as with your lead hand, should be parallel to each other and pointing toward your right shoulder.

Now that you have learned how to grip a golf club, the next step is to learn How to Address a Golf Ball