Pro Tips by Keri Moffat, CPGA
Director of Golf, GBC Golf Academy at Mayfair Lakes
Pro Tips - Grip
A good grip is one of the most important fundamentals in golf because it builds a good foundation for an efficient swing. How you place your hands on the golf club can help to determine the direction and distance of the ball. The biggest mistake most players make is holding the club too much in the palm, which limits the ability to hinge, resulting in reduced club head speed and consequently less distance. In addition, a weak grip will also limit the ability to square the clubface at impact leading to shots to the right.
A good grip is achieved by placing the club in the fingers, creating more power and control. To check your grip, rest the club diagonally along the base of the fingers in your left hand, from below your pinkie finger to the first knuckle on your index finger.
With the club resting in the fingers, wrap your thumb over the top of the club so the heel pad sits on the top part of the grip. Next, with the right hand place the club along the base of the middle two fingers as if you were shaking someone’s hand. The index finger and thumb should almost touch. The fleshy pad at the base of the right thumb should rest on top of the left thumb.
With both hands on the club, look down to see where the Vs created by the thumbs and index fingers are pointing. For a neutral grip, the Vs should be pointing between the chin and right shoulder.
If you struggle with a slice, try strengthening your grip by pointing the Vs more towards the right shoulder. Now with your hands correctly on the club you are on your way to playing better golf.