Proper golf grip?

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Choosing the correct golf grip is crucial for a good swing. Different grips include the ten-finger, overlapping, and interlocking grips, with finger pressure being similar across all. The alignment of the “V”s of the hands with opposite shoulders is important for proper alignment during the swing.

A good swing starts with the correct golf grip. There is no right way to grip a club, but most standard golf grips incorporate the same basic elements of finger alignment and pressure. When the hands are positioned correctly on the club, everything else tends to line up accordingly; your head, shoulders, arms and club will be in the correct position. Depending on the size of a person’s hands and what feels most comfortable, a golfer may choose a ten-finger, overlapping, or interlocking golf grip.

The ten finger golf grip is a popular choice with junior golfers and those with smaller hands, as it tends to allow for greater club stability and control. For a right-handed golfer, the left hand grips the club directly above the right hand, similar to how a person holds a baseball bat. An overlapping grip involves placing the right little finger in the crease between the left index and middle fingers, and an interlocking grip requires the left index finger to connect together with the right little finger. Grips don’t differ much in terms of function, and an individual should experiment with different grip options to determine which is most comfortable.

Regardless of which golf grip a person chooses, the amount of finger pressure that should be used is approximately the same. Your hands should hold the stick tightly enough to keep it from slipping. A too firm grip restricts arm and wrist movement during the swing. Most of the pressure should be in the little and ring fingers of the bottom hand and the index and middle fingers of the top hand. The remaining fingers are used primarily for balance and stability and the thumbs should rest comfortably on the top of the grip.

Many golf instructors emphasize the importance of aligning the “V”s of the hands with opposite shoulders. The thumb and forefinger of each hand form a V shape when placed on the club. When taking a proper golf grip, a right-handed individual should notice the V of the left hand pointing toward the right shoulder and the V of the right hand angled toward the left shoulder. The alignment of the V shapes ensures that the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders are kept square and perpendicular to the swing path. A skilled golfer can rotate the V of his lower hand to the left to promote a strong grip or to the right to promote a weak grip, depending on whether he wants to hit a fade or a draw.

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