Check Your Golf Grip in Full Detail

Mon, 12/16/2013

Golf coaches are famously stubborn about forming the grip but with good reason. The grip is an essential part of the package in that it enables (or not) face control and also facilitates the optimum wrist hinge and arm rotation, both of which are key to creating power.

Modern coaches will often work around an unorthodox grip if the player has a swing that is reliant on the particulars of way the club is being held. That said, it is often worth changing the grip and then relearning a better movement. You certainly can’t swing the club in a fully orthodox manner if the grip is significantly ‘individual’. The whole package needs to be harmonious.

Key Checks

  • Top hand wrist is on top of the centre of the handle and you can perform the ‘drill through handle’ check
  • This will allow you to be able to perform Hogan’s pad and forefinger support check
  • Check the V’s

Other things to consider

  • Short thumb: Don’t stretch your top hand thumb down the handle. Only the pad of the thumb should be in contact with the handle
  • Trigger finger: Slightly separate the forefinger of the lower hand from the other fingers. This will allow that finger to take a lot of the pressure of the club in the downswing and stabilise the the club through impact.
  • Grip pressure: 4/10 (see video)
This is all a lot of information and anyone who says ‘it’s simple’ is missing stuff out. Any grip change feels very odd to start with and may not work in harmony with your swing. In most cases a few practice sessions will be sufficient to start seeing the benefits. Remember that your golf swign would have evolved around your old grip (see dynamical systems)and if changing to the orthodox grip makes your ball flight erratic then there is likely to be a change of movement required also. You need to consider whether you would want to go down this route in the persuit of more club control and removing any limtiations.  
Good luck, play well.