Golf Grip Tips from PGA Tour pros Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Anthony Kim, Dustin Johnson
November 4, 2011
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All grips look the same at first glance, but closer inspection shows that each yours, mine, your playing partners', Tiger's is entirely unique. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find two that look exactly alike. Most of the idiosyncrasies you see the best players in the world build into their grips are long-standing quirks learned at an early age that, well, just plain stuck. Others are carefully calculated positions that the player uses to offset a certain swing deficiency. That makes your grip a very powerful tool. If you feel good about your grip but just aren't getting the ball-flight you want, or can't stop producing one that you're trying to avoid, try these Tour-bred final touches.
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Overlap: Zach Johnson
What It Does: Positions the hands closer to one another so they can better
act as a single unit. Since neither hand dominates, it allows guys like Zach to use a stronger grip (hands rotated more to the right) without fear of hooking the ball.
How to Do It: Set the pinkie on your right hand in the crease between the index and middle fingers of your left hand.
You know you need it if: You tend to lose control at the top (i.e., point the clubhead in different directions).
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Double Overlap: Jim Furyk
What It Does: Quiets overall hand action. It's a great match for Furyk's swing because his signature loop puts him in danger of over-curving the ball if his hands work too hard or fast.
How to Do It: Wrap the last two fingers of your right hand over the last two fingers on your left hand.
You know you need it if: Your swing is too "handsy" or you tend to throw the club at the ball. It requires stronger hands and reduces distance, but it's definitely a fairway-finding grip.
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Interlock: Rickie Fowler
What It Does: Strengthens your gripping power where your hands meet, an area where a lot of amateur holds tend to break down. Fowler started using this grip when he was three years old, when his hands could barely fit around the handle. It's a grip-cementer.
How to Do It: Intertwine your right pinkie and left index finger around the handle.
You know you need it if: You have small hands, or tend to swing fast and have no intention of slowing down your swing.
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Long Thumb: Anthony Kim
What It Does: Extending the right thumb and placing it on top of the handle
provides ultimate clubhead control, especially when A.K. pairs it with his trademark choke.
How to Do It: Instead of setting your right thumb on the left side of the grip, set it straight and press down on the top of the handle. Add A.K.'s choke to really make it work.
You know you need it if: You need more distance. Having greater control of the clubhead increases your chance of centered contact, which is the main key for longer hits.
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Short Thumb: Dustin Johnson
What It Does: The less contact you have with the handle, the more control you
give up. Sounds bad, but when you swing at 125 mph and have vise-like grip strength like Dustin Johnson,
a short-thumb hold is perfect to quiet the right hand and keep snap hooks at bay.
How to Do It: Wrap your right thumb across the handle like you're holding a baseball bat.
You know you need it if: You're Dustin Johnson or you can tear phone books in half. This isn't for everyone. Most amateurs need more control rather than less.