You’ve probably seen countless tips for placing your hands on the grip of a golf club, but they typically leave out one VERY important step. We're going to share it with you.
Gripping the club properly is crucial, and is well covered by articles explaining the various styles (neutral, strong, overlapping, interlocking, etc.). However, the key step missing from most golf instruction involves the direction of the clubface when taking your.
So, there are actually TWO parts to a proper golf grip: hand placement and clubface direction.
- Stand with your feet and shoulders parallel to the target line and hold the club in front of you, with the clubhead at about eye level. Rotate the club face to make sure it is aimed directly parallel to your target line. Put another way, the face should be at a 90° angle to the line. (The patented shot alignment indicator on Thomas Golf equipment is a big advantage here! Simply aim the indicator down your target line.)
- With the clubface still at eye level and aimed at the target, take your grip. The back of the left hand (for right-handers) should be aligned with the clubface, facing the target. (Note: This position is called a neutral grip. For those who prefer to use a “strong” grip, turn your left hand 1-5° to the right before grasping the club.)
- Using the grip style of your preference (overlapping, interlocking, baseball), place your right hand on the club. With your fully formed grip, bring the club down to normal address position and check the positioning.
Gripping with a square clubface helps ensure it is square at impact. You should repeatedly practice gripping the club using this method until it becomes second-nature. Failing to align the club correctly with your grip may create any number of issues, including:
- Gripping the club in a slightly different place each time, causing inconsistency.
- A clubface pointed in the wrong direction at address. To try to correct this, the golfer will often turn the club by rolling their hands into a less ideal position. This adjustment is lost once the golfer’s arms begin the swing. Even a small error in club direction or hand position can make a big difference, so you don’t want to compromise either.
- Compensating during the swing. A poor grip forces the golfer to adjust his swing, compounding the problem.
Some tips on gripping the club refer to the direction of the V's formed by the thumb and index finger on each hand. However, we consider this an unreliable method because these V’s are hard to judge, and can vary greatly from golfer to golfer due to hand shape, thickness, etc.