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Get a Good Golf Grip With These Free Golf Tips For Beginners

May 22, 2008
As the golf grip is so important, here are some free golf tips for beginners on the golf grip. If you are a more experienced golfer then these golf tips might help you to reassess your grip. If you have a certain swing fault such as a hook, use the description of the different grip types and positions to learn how to fix it.

The three basic grip types are the interlocking grip, the overlapping grip, and the ten finger grip (or baseball grip.) Each grip has three different grip angles; distance, neutral, and control. There are also three different grip strengths; a weak, strong, or neutral grip. The grip you should use will depend on your strength, hand size, finger length, and how you want to shape your shot - just find the grip that suits you and that is comfortable.

3 Grip Styles

The ten finger grip is not recommend for most golfers as the overlapping or interlocking grips are far more adaptable. This grip gives you good leverage and is a substitute grip that can be used by children or women. The disadvantage is that it produces less club head speed which means less distance.

If you have larger hands or longer fingers try the overlapping grip which is considered by many professionals as the best grip to unify your hands. This grip is not good for people with short fingers as they tend to place their right hand too far over or under the club when trying to get comfortable.

The interlocking grip is when the pinkie of the right hand interlocks with the index finger of the left hand. It is used by golfers with small hands or fingers; just be careful of gripping the club in the palm of your right hand as it should be a finger only grip.

Grip Angles

The distance grip maximizes the wrists flexibility and is good for distance and also offers sensitivity. Place the grip across the base of the fingers, from the base of the index finger to the pad at the base of the little finger on the left hand. The disadvantage is that it requires more strength and skill to keep the club head square through impact.

The neutral grip is most likely the best grip angle for most golfers. This grip runs diagonally from the base of the index finger to a point below the heel pad of your palm. The neutral grip offers a good compromise between distance and control as you have the most flexibility to undertake any type of shot making.

The third type of grip angle you could try is the control grip. The club runs on a more diagonal line from the base of your index finger to the top of your heel pad. With this grip you will have maximum control for more accuracy but with less flexibility in the wrists you will get less distance.

3 Grip Strengths

The strong grip is used to reduce slicing and is also good for distance but don't use this grip if you want to fade the ball. This grip variation requires you to move your hands around so that when you look down at your left hand, the "V" between your thumb and forefinger will point towards your right shoulder. Also, the point between the two tendons in the wrist above your thumb should be in line with the right side of the club shaft.

The neutral strength grip is what the majority of golfers use. You have more ability with this grip to fade the ball or draw the ball more easily but it requires a bit more strength to keep the clubhead square at impact. Now the "V" will be pointing towards your right ear and the point of your wrist will be in line with the center of your shaft.

The weak grip is when the point in your wrist is lined up with the left side of your shaft and the "V" points to your chin. This grip can be used to eliminate hooking the ball but you won't be able to hit a controlled draw. It also requires more strength to square the club at impact.

Summary

Hopefully, these free golf tips for beginners will help you grip the club correctly. No matter what grip you use, just remember that the palms of your hands will always face each other. The right hand is known as a fingers only grip and the left hand is a palm and fingers grip. Most important is to leave half an inch of the grip protruding beyond your left hand. Lastly, you should grip the club firmly and constantly throughout the entire golf swing and your hands should fit snugly together and feel unified.
About the Author
Author Mick Euan Tait is a golfer, golf fan, and golf writer. Head over to his website where you will find free golf tips for beginners, and sign up to get an exclusive free ebook on golf swing tips.
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