How to Grip the Golf Club

My golf coach Garrett Louis, instructor for Top 50 Teacher In America and PGA Teacher Of The Year Martin Chuck’s, Tour Striker Golf Academy in Phoenix Arizona, teaches me how to grip the golf club. Are you ready to elevate your golf game? One essential aspect that can significantly impact your performance is your grip on the club. Garrett Louis from the Tour Striker Golf Academy is here to guide you through the nuances of holding the club correctly. Many golfers unknowingly struggle with improper grip techniques, which can hinder their potential. So, let’s dive into the details and ensure you’re on the path to a better grip. So rather than taking the club and in your lead hand, putting it in your palm, a good grip starts in the fingertips, right? So I’m going to hold the club up in front of me because it’s easiest when learning how to put our hands on there properly to do it with a club in front of you, all right. Rather than gripping the club down here and then pairing your hands to it.

All right, and then let’s put this club in the fingertips of our lead hand, let’s get this heel pad more on top of the club. And then when you look at this, you can see how my thumb is sitting to the side of the grip. So if you think about a clock, 12 o’clock being the toe of the club, I want this thumb more at one o’clock. And then the V here made by my thumb and my index finger is pointing somewhere between my right ear and my right shoulder. And for you lefties out there, you’re good at this, just take that and flip that. And then with a trail hand, I prefer an overlap grip, I don’t care if you interlock, but Tiger Woods interlocked and who’s going to argue with that? But oftentimes when people are struggling with their grip and they’re interlocking, they have too much webbing to webbing going on.

And now this right hand is in a place where it’s too underneath me, all right, so I prefer an overlap grip, and I’m going to pair my right hand nicely to the club to where you can see when my right hand goes on, it’s covering more of the ventilation holes on this lead hand, it’s not sitting here underneath, all right. And then my thumb, I always say, you don’t need a good right thumb to play good golf, it just rests peacefully to the side of the grip, all right. And then my trigger finger, if you stick your hand out like this with your trail hand, you can see the shape I’m making there, that’s how I pair a trail hand to the club.

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The club is sitting nicely in my trigger finger, and the thumb is sitting to the side of the grip. And so that’s how we start to put our hands on there better, all right. More in the fingertips, not so much in the palm, and then pairing a nice trail hand to that. And if you find yourself struggling in your interlocking, try overlapping or don’t stick this pinky in this index finger, don’t have it webbing to webbing, guys, all right.

Did you know that improving your grip can lead to a substantial enhancement in your golf game? According to a study conducted by Golf Digest, golfers who consciously worked on refining their grip experienced an average increase of 15 yards in their driving distance within just one month. This underscores the importance of a proper grip in unlocking your true potential on the golf course.

So let’s get our hands on there nicely, it’s a soft skill, I know it can kind of be boring, you might be snoozing at home, but it’s very, very critical on your journey to playing better golf.

What is the correct way to grip a golf club?

The correct way to grip a golf club is to place your left hand (for right-handed players) on the club with the thumb running down the shaft. Then, wrap your fingers around the club, making sure the club rests in the base of your fingers. Next, place your right hand below your left hand, with the pinky finger of your right hand overlapping the gap between your left index and middle finger. Your thumbs should be pointing down the shaft. This is known as the “Vardon grip” or “overlap grip.

What is proper golf stance?

A proper golf stance involves the following steps:

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Position your feet parallel to the target line.
3. Bend your knees slightly.
4. Tilt your upper body forward from the hips.
5. Keep your spine straight but relaxed.
6. Extend your arms naturally and grip the club.
7. Distribute your weight evenly on both feet.
8. Maintain a balanced and athletic posture throughout your swing.

Remember to practice your golf stance regularly to develop consistency and improve your overall golf game.

How do you grip a club with a trail hand?

Place the trail hand (right hand for right-handed golfers) on the club so that the lifeline of your hand rests on top of the club. Wrap your fingers around the grip with a light to medium grip pressure. The thumb should be positioned slightly to the right of center on the grip. The trail hand’s grip should complement the lead hand’s grip for a proper and balanced golf swing.

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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