Choosing the Right Golf Club Grip

By Steve Silverman
The classic putter grip.
The classic putter grip.

Learning how to hold a golf club the right way is vital for anyone learning to play. There are three accepted grips that are taught to golfers and they are all correct. It's up to the golfer to figure out which one is the most comfortable and which one provides the best results. Some golfers will try all three grips and go through a trial-and-error process, but most learn rather quickly which grip they will use.

Place the golf club in your left hand (for a right-handed golfer) so it is at least a quarter-inch from the top of the grip. Place your right hand below the left. Close your fingers over the top so that your left thumb meets the left forefinger and the right hand covers the left thumb. When held correctly, you will see a letter "v" when looking at your left hand. Take the little finger on the right hand and place it on top of the forefinger of your left hand or in the gap between your middle finger and forefinger. This is called the overlapping grip and it is the way most golfers hold the club.

Place the club in your left hand in the same manner as Step 1. Slip the little finger of your right hand between the middle finger and the forefinger. This is called the interlocking grip.

Hold the club in your left hand as in Step 1. Place your right hand below the left so the forefinger of your left hand and little finger of your right hand are side by side. Golfers with small hands might prefer this grip.

Choke down on the club when you are close to the green and you need to make a finesse shot to put your ball on the green. When you grip the club down low, you will have more control than you would with a more conventional grip. You will, however, sacrifice distance.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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