A proper golf swing begins with the correct grip. Though many golfers (both good and bad) have adapted a particular golf grip that matches their playing style, it is amazing how many golfers do not understand the correct mechanics of the golf grip and how both a proper and improper grip can affect the outcome of your golf shots.
Based on input and expertise from well respected PGA teaching pros, here is a step by step checklist of proper golf grip basics for right handed golfers. Note that these instructions are for a “neutral golf grip.”
- Place golf grip across base of little finger and just above first joint of index finger.
- Apply pressure to the golf grip with the last 3 fingers of left hand.
- Fold your thumb and pad of left hand over the golf grip, ensuring the pad of your left hand palm is on top of the grip
- Place your left hand thumb just right of the center of the shaft.
- Keeping your left hand properly placed on the golf grip, place the golf grip across base of the fingers of the right hand.
- Wrap your right hand fingers around underside of golf grip.
- Fold lifeline of right hand over left thumb.
- Right hand pressure should be applied by the middle 2 fingers.
Key Checkpoints of Proper Golf Grip
- Palms should always face each other when applied on the golf grip.
- When looking down at grip, knuckles of the left hand forefinger and middle finger should be visible while the creases of thumbs and forefingers point between right side of face and right shoulder.
- Throughout the golf swing, the hands should work together as one unit with neither dominating the other.
When to Alter Your Golf Grip
- Use a “neutral golf grip” for the majority of your shots. A neutral golf grip results in a square clubface at impact.
- For “fade” shots where you want to curve the golf ball slightly from left to right around an obstacle, use a “weak” golf grip by rotating your hands to the left on the golf grip which opens your clubface.
- For “draw” shots where you want to curve the golf ball slightly from right to left around an obstacle, use a “strong” golf grip by rotating your hands to the right on the golf grip which closes your clubface.