The Proper Golf Grip – Part 1

If you’re new to the game of golf and haven’t been taught how to hold your club then you would probably instinctively hold it like a baseball bat. This is called the ten finger grip or the baseball grip. If you want to take your game to next level you’ll probably want to try a one of these two popular golf grips; the Vardon grip, or overlap grip, and the interlock grip.

When I was a kid I was taught the interlocking grip and anything else just feels weird now. It seems like the interlocking grip is better suited for people with smaller hands and the overlapping grip for people with bigger hands. If you’re new you should probably give both of them a try and see which one feels more comfortable and stable. Just remember that in the beginning they will both feel weird.

If we look at the pros we can see that the proper golf grip is just a personal choice. Tiger Woods and Jack Niklaus both use the interlocking grip while Arnold Palmer and Vijay Singh use the overlapping grip.

Both grips are very similar but I will offer a description for those of you who are not familiar with them. I will try to do my best to describe them here but it might be easier to look for pictures (interlocking, overlapping).

Assuming you are right handed, the handle of the club is taken with the left hand open, placed under the shaft. The thumb is placed above the shaft and should point down in the same direction as the shaft. The rest of the fingers are then wrapped around with their tips touching the palm of the hand.

Next, the thumb of the right hand is placed over the shaft with the base of the thumb placed over the left thumb. The right thumb should also cross the shaft at an angle and not run along the shaft like the left thumb. The rest of the fingers are then wrapped around the shaft.

Here comes the difference between the overlap and interlock grips. For the overlap grip, the little finger of the right hand is  is placed between the index and middle fingers of the left hand. It just sits on top and overlaps the left hand. For the interlock grip, the little finger of the right hand is also placed between the index and middle finger of the left hand but the index finger of the left hand is placed between the little finger and ring finger of the right hand and comes to rest against the top of the right hand. This interlocks both hands together.

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