Get A Grip, Part 3
On Friday, I stressed the importance of a solid left/lead hand grip on the club, as that is the side that has to lead and control the golf swing. But with most golfers, it doesn’t. Because we are right-hand dominant, most golfers try to manage the golf club with their right hand. You can see it in their grip, their set-up and their posture that they are right-hand dominant and probably stuck in the mid- to high-handicap range because of it.

And it all begins with the way you hold onto the golf club with your right hand. The vast majority of golfers have the club too far into the palm of their right hand, because that’s a “power” position that allows them to muscle the club in an attempt to guide the clubhead to the ball. WRONG! It will never work, guys. You simply cannot consistently deliver the clubhead to the ball by manipulating it with your right hand. When speaking to groups, I often use this illustration of just how fruitless this can be:

Tape a marker pen to the hosel of your wedge, where the point sticks out beyond the sole. Then tape a piece of paper on the wall and try to sign your name, while only holding the wedge in your right hand. You’ll feel like a 3-year-old trying to write for the first time. If you can’t even sign your name, what are your chanced of delivering the clubhead to the ball consistently?

So, if you’ve practiced your new left hand grip since Friday, now let’s see how the right hand meshes to that on the club.

First of all, the grip has to be in the fingers of the right hand, not in the palm at all. Take that left hand grip on the club, and set it into address position. Then face your right palm down the target line and arch your wrist so that you can put the grip across the upper pad of the two middle fingers, BELOW the pad at the base of the fingers. Then gently curl the two middle fingers around the grip. This will feel very weak to you. In fact, if you let go of the club with your left hand, you will not be able to hold it up at all with this grip. CORRECT!

The little finger can overlap the forefinger of the left hand, or interlock – your choice. I personally believe the interlock grip causes the club to get too much into the right palm. The key is that the club has to be in the FINGERS! Not the palm.

The role of the forefinger and thumb is for them to gently lay on the grip for touch, not control. If you can feel any squeezing of the club with these two fingers, you’re holding it too tightly. In fact, a great drill is to actually hit shots with the right thumb off the club and the forefinger pointed downward, so that the tip is off the club, too.

So, I’ve discussed the way the club is controlled by the left hand, and gently cradled in the fingers of the right. Friday, I’ll wrap it all up for you. See you then.
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galloper says:
As a retired instructor... I find that a few graphics sure would enhance your explanation of the grip you are trying to get across...

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