What is the overlapping grip

In golf, What is the overlapping grip?

The overlapping grip, also known as the Vardon grip, is one of the most popular and widely used grips in the game of golf. Named after the famous British golfer Harry Vardon, the overlapping grip is recommended for players with average to large-sized hands.

To execute the overlapping grip:

  1. Start by placing the club in your left hand (for right-handed players) so that the grip runs diagonally across the fingers from the base of the pinky finger to the first (index) knuckle of your index finger.
  2. Wrap your left hand around the grip, ensuring that your thumb is straight down the shaft and your fingers securely hold the club.
  3. After gripping the club with your left hand, position your right hand on the club, taking care that the thumb of your right hand fits snugly into the lifeline of your left hand.
  4. Your right pinky finger should then rest comfortably between your left index and middle fingers.
  5. Wrap your right hand around the club, making sure that the fingers of your right hand firmly hold the club, and the grip runs diagonally across your right hand from the base of your pinky finger to the first knuckle of your index finger.
  6. Overlap your right pinky finger over your left index finger, creating a V-shaped overlap with your hands.

The overlapping grip offers several advantages:

  • Increased control: By overlapping the hands, the golfer can achieve a tighter connection between the club and the hands, leading to better control of the clubface throughout the swing.
  • Consistency: The overlapping grip promotes a more unified and synchronized swing, reducing the chances of the hands moving independently and causing misalignment or inconsistency in the swing.
  • Power transfer: The overlapping grip facilitates the transfer of power from the body to the clubhead more efficiently, allowing for greater clubhead speed and distance.
  • Comfort: Many golfers find the overlapping grip more comfortable than other grip styles, as it provides a secure and natural-feeling connection between the hands and the club.

While the overlapping grip may be the grip of choice for most golfers, it is important to note that different grip styles work best for different individuals. Some golfers with smaller hands might find the interlocking grip, where the pinky finger of the right hand interlocks with the index finger of the left hand, more suitable. Others may prefer the ten-finger grip, also known as the baseball grip, where all ten fingers wrap around the club.

To determine which grip works best for you, it is recommended to experiment with different grips and seek advice from a golf professional or coach. Ultimately, the grip that allows you to feel connected and in control of the club will likely be the most effective for your game.