2012-07-27 / Sports

Golf Help Tips By Joel Garyn

Importance of the proper grip

The basic fundamental of golf, which has the most influence on achieving a consistent square club face contact at impact, is the Grip.

For right hand golfers: After forming your grip, you have about two knuckles showing on your left hand; that means you have a neutral grip, with each hand exactly on opposite sides of the club shaft. This type of grip will have the least effect on the flight of your ball and is used by the majority of golfers. (Lefthanders please reverse hands for better understanding of this article).

If you have three or more knuckles showing on your left hand when you look down, you have a strong grip, one that has your hands turned clock-wise more than the average golfer. This type of grip is often used to help a right-handed golfer promote a draw (a golf shot that is deliberately turned slightly to the left). If you have a grip that shows only one knuckle on the left hand, you have what is called a weak grip, often used to help promote a fade (a shot that is deliberately turned slightly to the right).

The golf grip is your only connection to the club and to the ball. That means a good grip is vital to a proper golf swing. The purpose of the grip is to keep your hands and wrists relaxed enough to enable you to make a free and fluid swing. This is what gives you club-head speed through impact, eliminates any wrist action, and increases the amount of control you have over the club face. The three most common golf grips are the vardon, interlocking, and baseball grips.

Whatever grip you decide to use, you then must decide on whether to have a neutral, strong, or weak grip, determined primarily by the rotational positioning of your hands on the shaft. This will affect whether your ball flight bends to the right, to the left, or remains straight. Start out using the most comfortable of the three basic grips, and place your hands into a neutral position with about two knuckles of the left hand visible. Then, either make it slightly stronger or weaker, depending on which one feels more comfortable. Consider going for a stronger grip rather than a weaker one to prevent the dreaded slice, which is common with most beginners.

Hope this article has been of some help to those who are not familiar with the importance of the proper grip. Take care.

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