How to Grip an Offset Golf Club

By Steve Silverman
Grip an offset club just like you'd grip any other club.
Grip an offset club just like you'd grip any other club.

Learning how to grip an offset club can be somewhat confusing because it looks different than a standard club. However, even though the club head is set back (offset) from the shaft, the golfer needs to treat it the same way that he would a standard club. The key is to ensure the clubface is square to the target.

Place the sole of the club on the ground and look at the bottom line on the clubface. Ensure that it forms a "T" with your target line. To check this, place a ruler measuring stick on the ground along your target line (pointing to the target). Place your club flush to the end of the measuring stick so the face is pointing directly down the target line.

Place your left hand on the top of the club without moving the face position. Ensure that your hand is at least a half-inch from the butt of the grip and that you are holding it in your fingers, rather than in the palm.

Take the small finger of your right hand and put it in the gap between the middle finger and the forefinger of your left hand. Alternately, interlock the forefinger of your right hand with the little finger of your left hand or place all 10 fingers on the grip. Wrap your fingers around the grip with the thumbs pointing down the shaft and slightly left of center. The "V" formed by your thumb and forefinger of each hand should point to your right shoulder.

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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