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    Interlocking grip / Vardon or overlapping grip:If you’ve got large fingers and suffer from stiffness or joint pain, you may find gripping the golf club to be a challenge especially if you use an interlocking grip.

    Trying to wedge the extra-large pinky of one hand between the middle and index fingers of the other can be quite uncomfortable. Often we try to push the fingers tightly together, which only makes the problem worse. If your interlocking grip becomes painful or awkward, here are a few things to try:

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  • Don’t press the pinky so far into the gap between the other fingers. A little looseness in this part of the grip is okay as long as you’ve got sufficient pressure to keep the club from sliding.
  • Switch to the Vardon or overlapping grip. Rather than locking the pinky between the index and middle fingers, simply place it on top of the gap between them.
  • Try a baseball or 10-finger grip, with the hands separated. The left (top) thumb runs down the handle, but the hands are otherwise unconnected.
  • Experiment with different grip styles to find one that’s comfortable. It may take some getting used to, but playing pain-free sure beats the alternative.