Every golf instructor agrees on the fact that a good golf grip is by far the most important lesson you need to master in order to develop your best and most effective swing. As a matter of fact, the grip continues to be one of the most important subjects in golf instruction.
One of the biggest controversies arising from this topic is how strong to grip the golf club. This matter goes back to the proper use of your hands while holding the club. When selecting your preferred grip, it is crucial that you are aware of your own strength as it will have a negative or positive effect on your shot results.
Generally, most players use a strong grip, as it returns the face fo the club in the correct position. On the other hand, strong players find weak grips beneficial, as it reduces their chances of hooking the ball. It’s important to understand that grip pressure affects the flight of the ball and the amount of force applied to the grip is responsible for causing those frustrating slices and hooks.
Golf players should experiment with different grips and choose the most comfortable and beneficial to their liking. The following are the most common types of grips in golf.
Overlapping (Vardon) Grip: Beneficial for players with medium or large hands, this grip assists both hands on working as one single unit. The little finger of the right hand should be placed on the space between the forefinger and middle finger of your left hand.
Interlocking Grip: Used by famous players such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy, the interlocking grip requires the golfer to place the little finger of the right hand between the middle finger and forefinger of the left hand. Players with small to medium hands might find this grip highly beneficial.
Baseball Grip: The baseball grip is the strongest grip in golf since it requires placing every finger on the golf club. Nevertheless, there is no connection between both hands as a single unit. This grip might be the right one for players that have small hands or have not experienced desired results with other grip varieties.
Double-overlap Grip: The double overlap grip is used by Jim Furyk. Many golfers agree on the fact that this grip unifies their hands while minimizing hooks and encouraging a fluid swing.
A correct golf grip should allow the wrists to hinge and unhinge properly during the backswing and downswing. The next time you are using one of our golf mats, go ahead and try different grips and choose the one that best suits you!