The grip is the engine that starts the golf swing.
If you do not put your hands on the club correctly, it is very difficult to hit the golf ball straight without some manipulation throughout the swing.
The grip plays a very important role in controlling the clubface, which then can determine the direction of the golf ball.
There are three acceptable grips for the full swing:
• Baseball grip: This is a grip where you hold the club in your fingers and all 10 fingers are on the grip. This grip is generally recommended for women and young juniors.
• Interlocking grip: Interlock the pinkie on your trail hand with the index finger on your lead hand. Players with smaller hands tend to like this grip.
• Overlapping grip: You overlap your pinkie on your trail hand on top of your pointer finger on your lead hand.
There are four common thoughts for all three grips:
• Grip the golf club in your fingers and not in the palm.
• You should see two knuckles on your lead hand when you look straight down on your grip.
• The trail hand should also be in the fingers and the V’s on your lead hand and trail hand should point towards your trail shoulder at address.
• Hold the club with a light grip pressure.
Another important aspect of being able to grip the club correctly is to make sure you have the proper size grips for the size of your hands.
The best way to tell if your grips are correct is when you grip the club in your lead hand; your fingers should barely touch the pad of your hand under your thumb.
If you are digging into the hand then your grips are too small and if your fingers do not touch then the grip are too large.
If you play with grips that are too small you will have the tendency to hook the ball and if the grips are too large the ball will have a tendency to fade or even slice.