A Primer For the Proper Golf Grip

Many beginning golfers think that using the proper golf grip is not important or something they can worry about at a later time. But ask any seasoned golfer, or better yet read what Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have to say about the importance of a good golf grip and you will understand why it is so important.

The hands are the only part of us that touch the golf club, and the grip is often referred to as the steering wheel of the golf swing. I agree that this relationship is important and learning the proper grip increases your chances of developing a proper swing. If you want to learn how to play the game of golf, want to shoot lower scores, and want to enjoy the sport more then learn the correct golf grip.

At first look, gripping the golf club seems easy and does not appear that there is anything much to it. However, like many things in the sport of golf looks can be deceiving. While anyone can learn the proper golf grip, it will take patience and persistence.

Like anything new it will be strange when you begin, but after a short period of time you will grow comfortable with using a proper grip and will begin seeing results on the driving range or on the golf course.

So, what is the proper golf grip?

Gripping the golf club is a VERY INDIVIDUAL thing for everyone that plays golf. There are no two grips alike. You can only find what works for you through hitting golf balls. I can and will guide you, but ultimately, results on the golf course speak louder than me. When people refer to a standard golf grip they usually mean one of 2 different types of grips; the interlocking grip, the overlap grip.

If you have small hands and fingers, the interlocking grip will probably work best for you. It helps you wrap your fingers and palm around the grip handle. On the other hand, if you have large hands, the overlapping grip will probably work best for you.

It is also important to note that a golf club is not held in the palms of your hands but in the fingers, and the more you grip the golf club in the fingers, the faster you can swing the golf club and the quicker the club face will close. If you grip the golf club further up in the palm, the slower the golf club will travel and the longer it takes for the club face to close.

The proper golf grip is paramount for playing the game well. It is the foundation from which everything else in your golf game is built, listen or read what Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus have said about the importance of a proper grip and you will understand.

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