Blake Cathey is the lead instructor at Kiawah Island’s Golf Learning Center.
One of the first things I look at with any student is how their hands are gripping the golf club. Often I find they are not positioned correctly. Think about it this way, your hands are the only link between you and your golf club. If your hands are not properly placed on the club, the likelihood of hitting a good shot isn’t good.
The Characteristics of a good grip:
1. Fingers first- Most of the time people grab the club with the palm of their hands when they should be grabbing it with their fingers. Make sure you place the club in your fingers and then gently clasp your hands around the grip.
2. Start with a neutral grip-
a. Both “V’s” point to the right collarbone for a right-handed golfer. The thumb being pressed against the pointer finger, which happens on both hands, forms the “V”.
b. For a right-handed golfer, you should see two knuckles on your left hand when addressing the ball.
3. Your palms should always face one another. When your palms don’t face one another they tend to fight against one another because they’re in different planes.
4. A light grip pressure- Take a moment and look at your grips. Think of your grips as car tires, you want them to wear equally all the time.
The important thing to remember is that it is not how hard you grip the club, but how your hands are placed on the golf club.