How to Grip a Golf Club, Step-by-Step Guide

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In a recent poll of Top 100 Teachers, 81percent acknowledged that the grip is one of the first things they work on with newstudents. I'm not suprised. Most golfers seethe grip as simple — grab the handle andsqueeze. But there's a lot more to it, andmaking even the slightest error can haveserious ramifications in your swing. (Bythe way, the 19 percent who said their students'grips don't need work admitted tocoaching only pro players. See a pattern?)By Eric Alpenfels, Pinehurst Golf Academy In a recent poll of Top 100 Teachers, 81 percent acknowledged that the grip is one of the first things they work on with new students. I'm not surprised. Most golfers see the grip as simple — grab the handle and squeeze. But there's a lot more to it, and making even the slightest error can have serious ramifications in your swing. (By the way, the 19 percent who said their students' grips don't need work admitted to coaching only pro players. See a pattern?)If you're concerned about your grip, then follow these simple steps. This is the method we teach at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, and it's sequenced to set your hands in the correct positions and avoid the most common grip errors. It's a 5-second procedure that will give you the power and control you've been missing.
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With your right hand, grab the shaft whereit meets the grip and hold the club out infront of you at a 45-degree angle. Turn yourleft palm toward you and then set the gripin the area between your first knuckles andthe top of your palm.Step 1: Placing the handleWith your right hand, grab the shaft where it meets the grip and hold the club out in front of you at a 45-degree angle. Turn your left palm toward you and then set the grip in the area between your first knuckles and the top of your palm.
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Without changing the position of the gripin your left hand, curl your left-hand pinkie,ring and middle fingers around the handle.If you've done it correctly, it should feelas though every part of the undersides ofthese fingers is in contact with the grip. Step 2: Securing your left handWithout changing the position of the grip in your left hand, curl your left-hand pinkie, ring and middle fingers around the handle. If you've done it correctly, it should feel as though every part of the undersides of these fingers is in contact with the grip.
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Again, without changing the grip's position,"roll" your left thumb over to the right sideof the handle while curling your left indexfinger around the grip. Make sure that thefatty portion at the base of your thumb ispressing directly down on the handle.Step 3: Setting your left thumbAgain, without changing the grip's position, "roll" your left thumb over to the right side of the handle while curling your left index finger around the grip. Make sure that the fatty portion at the base of your thumb is pressing directly down on the handle.
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Slide your right hand toward your left and,just as you did with your left hand, allowthe shaft to sit between your first knucklesand the base of your palm.
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Wrap your right pinkie into the fold betweenyour left middle and index fingers (or interlockthem) and your right ringand middle fingers around the handle. Yourconnection here is critical — add pressure tothe handle with these last two fingers.
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Place the lifeline on your right palm directlyover your left thumb by "rolling" your rightthumb to the left while curling your rightindex finger around the handle. You shouldfeel pressure from the fatty pad at the baseof your right thumb on your left thumb.