Tips to Achieving a Proper Golf Grip

If you want some golf grip tips which work in tandem with your overall swing, don't forget to refer back to our section about the perfect golf swing. We have illustrated some great tips within that section that will help you to develop and perform a flawless swing. For this section, we're going to be speaking solely about the grip. The way you grip your club is going to be a big part of whether or not you hit the ball squarely or miss it completely. By following a few basic tips, you should be able to greatly improve your grip on your golf clubs.

Five Tips to Help you Grip a Golf Club Properly

1: Dominant Hand on Top

Referring back to our section on the perfect golf swing, you will notice that we speak about allowing your hands to hang freely and to line them up in neutral positions on the club. This all starts by placing your dominant hand at the top of the club. So, if you're right-handed, it's your right hand, and opposite for left-handed players. The top of the club gives you the control and accuracy, and gripping your top hand here, just naturally around the club, allows you to align your grip correctly.

2: Join Forces

Now, what do you do with your other hand? Allow your other hand to grip the club, just below your dominant hand, and tweak your grip until your hands have switched through neutral positions. In other words, allow your dominant hand to slide downward while your non-dominant hand begins finding a comfortable grip which will interlock with your dominant hand loosely with your fingers. The end result, for right-handers, is going to be a right hand that's a little lower on the club than the left hand, but that's still choked up and secure on the club. The left hand opposite for lefties will be situated basically with the fingers of your hand in the ball of the dominant hand's palm, with fingers interlocked slightly. Work on this grip until you find a comfortable position which allows your dominant hand to leverage and do the work.

3: Close Your Fingers

Once you feel you have a comfortable grip, start opening and closing your fingers. What you're looking for here is a grip that you can easily accomplish, that feels very comfortable, and that allows for total control of the club. Once you have your grip locked in, begin swinging the club around. Don't hit any balls; just swing it around and see how well you can control it with this grip. The idea is for your grip to be firmly placed on the handle without squeezing. The more you're able to leverage through your grip, the easier your swing will ultimately become.

4:Watch Your Thumbs

On your dominant hand, make sure that your thumb is at the very top of your grip. As mammals, great apes, we gain our overall stability in our grip by allowing our thumbs to do the lion's share of the work. Try doing something without your thumbs for a whole day and see how far you get. Make sure you adjust and practice your grip, with your thumb acting as the lead anchor, until which time you feel comfortable gripping and swinging. You may want to stretch your thumb out or bring it back in some, but always make sure your thumb is the anchor of your grip.

5: Consider Gloves

Once you have the aforementioned basics of the grip down, you can simply practice it until you find your sweet spot. However, you might still be looking for an assist. Depending on the weather, what your club is made out of, and how hard you plan on swinging it, your bare skin may not be enough to assist you in your grip. This is where a great pair of golfing gloves comes in handy. No pro player swings without at least one glove. Gloves give you the traction and grip that bare skin cannot. Just remember to practice and get your grip without gloves first. You don't want to become dependent on only gloves.

Once you have your grip mastered, remember to keep practicing and to keep adjusting until which time your grip becomes a natural extension of your hands and a basic part of your golf swing.