Types of Golf Grip

By Chris Joseph
The reverse overlap is a variation of the putting grip.
The reverse overlap is a variation of the putting grip.

To ensure you are getting the most power and control from your golf swing, it's vital to grip the club properly. The type of grip you should use depends in large part on your physical stature and strength as well as what feels comfortable. The following tips apply to right-handed players--if you're left-handed, reverse the hand positions on the club.

Baseball Grip

With this grip, the hands are placed side-by-side with the left hand on top, much like holding a baseball bat. This gives a player whose hands are not as strong, such as a young beginner, the ability to put more power into the swing.. A disadvantage is that it results in less control of the clubhead.

Interlocking Grip

This grip requires the little finger of the right hand to be wrapped around the index finger of the left The purpose is to keep your hands together during your swing to provide better control and more power. It is especially beneficial for golfers who are not as physically strong or who have small hands.

Overlap Grip

This grip is also known as the Vardon Grip, because it was pioneered by Harry Vardon, a champion professional golfer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It differs from the interlock grip because the right pinkie rests on top of the left index finger instead of wrapping around it. The right ring finger also comes in contact with the left index finger. Fewer fingers come in contact with the club, meaning it should only be used by golfers with strong hands.

Putting Grip

The most common putting grip is a variation of the overlap grip, the major difference being that the right little finger is placed between the left index and ring fingers instead of on top of the left index finger. Some golfers prefer cross-handed, where the right hand is placed on top of the left.

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