The Grip. This is a basic review of the golf swing.
This is generally the left hand for right handed golfers and the right hand for left handed golfers. If I held out the grip to you and asked you to grab it, the way you would grab it is usually the proper way to grip. Grip about an inch from the end of the club.
Wrapping the hand around the club to get:
If you look straight down the club, the thumb should be just off to the rear of the club, the right side for a right hander, the left side for a left hander.
The common flaw for the top hand is to have the grip too high up in the hand.
The lower hand fits over the top hand with the thumb of the top hand fitting in under the meat of the base of the thumb of the lower hand in the groove at the base of the lower hand.
There are three ways to connect the lower hand to the top hand.
First is called the overlapping grip, where the little finger of the top hand overlaps the forefinger of the lower hand.
Second is the interlocking grip, where the forefinger of the top hand interlocks with the little finger of the lower hand.
Third is the baseball grip, where the two hands do not overlap at all:
Looking down from the top, the lower hand should cover the top hand with the thumb of the lower hand slightly over to the front of the club:
Basic alignment has the feet parallel to the intended line of flight of the ball.
If you look at the target, (X), and line up from where you are standing, you will miss to the right (for a right hander, left for a left hander). The ball is in front of you. You are not standing on the intended line of flight
of the ball. You need to sight the desired line of flight of the ball and line up parallel to that line, as in 1 above. Otherwise, you will at least line up slightly to the right, as in 2 above.
Many golfers are very sloppy with alignment, and miss shots as a result. There is a very major difference between being 10 feet from the hole and 5 feet from the hole. In 2010, PGA Tour players made 75% of their
5 foot putts, 38% of their 10 foot putts. PGA Tour players make twice as many putts from 5 feet that they do from 10 feet. The difference will be even greater for you. Alignment is more important the shorter the shot.
Alignment is a very easy thing to control. Line up each shot properly.
Two common variants to the position of the upper hand are:
1.The lower hand is rolled under the club.
This is common in younger players who lack the strength to control the club and they roll the lower hand under the club for more strength. This is called a strong grip.
2.Some players roll the lower hand more on top of the upper hand to produce a weak grip.
There can be a fair bit of variation in the grip, but it must allow proper hinging of the wrists during the downswing. The key is to have the same grip every time you swing. Variations in the grip will cause variation in how the club head moves through the impact area, and produce inconsistencies in your shots.
In your pre shot routine it is important to check your grip to make sure it is the same every time, or if it is different it is different because you want it to be to produce the shot you want.
The grip is one of the easiest things you can control in your golf swing.