Types of Golf Club Grips

By J.D. Chi
There are several different ways to grip certain types of clubs, see your local pro to determine what is best for you.
There are several different ways to grip certain types of clubs, see your local pro to determine what is best for you.

While every golfer will develop his on unique grip, there are three very common ways to grip a golf club, according to GolfSpyder.com. Selecting the grip that is most comfortable is paramount to making a good swing. Each of the most common grips is based on the same principle--the golfer should lightly grip the club, but feel as though he has good control of the club.

Baseball

Golfers are often told not to hold a golf club like a baseball bat, but the 10-finger, or baseball, grip is among the most common. Recommended for golfers whose hands are not strong, according to ABC-of-Golf.com, this grip allows a golfer to have all 10 fingers on the club. To use this grip with a right-handed swing, grasp the club in your left hand and wrap all of your fingers around the club, with the knuckles facing up. Then place the right hand below the left on the shaft, with the right pinkie resting next to the left index finger. The knuckles on the right hand should be facing down. Left-handed-swinging golfers should reverse the hand positions. This grip makes it easier to hinge your wrists for extra power, but offers less control of the clubhead.

Interlocking

ABC-of-Golf.com recommends the interlocking grip for women golfers and those will smaller-sized hands. This grip keeps your hands connected during the swing, creating more strength in the grip. For right-handed golfers using the interlocking grip, cup the golf club in your left hand, with your pinkie at the butt or top of the grip. Your thumb should be slightly to the right of center and parallel with the shaft. Place your right hand on the club, with the right pinkie and left index finger interlocking. Your left thumb should be tucked into the palm of your right hand at the lifeline.

Overlap

Also known as the Vardon grip, after Harry Vardon, a six-time British Open champion between 1896 and 1914. The overlapping grip should be used by strong golfers, as fewer fingers touch the club, making it harder to control. Set-up for the overlapping grip is similar to that of the interlocking grip, except that for right-handed golfer, the right pinkie should lie in the space between the left index and middle fingers, rather than interlocking with it, according to GolfSpyder.com.

About the Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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