Using different golf grips to achieve different results on the course might improve your game. One of the most important, and most overlooked part of your golf game is how you grip the golf club. While the type of grip installed on your club is important, having a proper golf grip is equally integral to your game.
The Three Recognized Types of Proper Golf Grips
Baseball (or Ten-Finger) Grip
While grabbing your golf club like a baseball bat is a natural tendency, this is not really one of the best golf grips. It offers a firm grasp on the shaft, but it lacks stability and control, basically allowing your club face to flop around at the end of your club. Many new golfers tend to use this grip when they start golfing. They would be better served learning how to grip a golf club correctly at an early stage.
The baseball grip wraps all ten fingers around the club like you would hold a baseball bat. It is used by PGA Tour golfer Scott Piercy quite effectively.
The interlocking golf grip was preferred by Jack Nicklaus, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you. This golf grip is ideal for people with small hands, older golfers with hand-strength issues, and younger golfers just learning the game. While it offers more control than the baseball grip, it sacrifices movement of the wrist during the swing.
The interlocking grip aligns the club in the same way as the Vardon grip, but it interlocks the index finger of your non-dominant hand with the little finger of your dominant hand.
The Vardon Grip
The Vardon Grip is the grip used by the majority of golfers. It was popularized by professional golfer Harry Vardon early in the 1900s. That it is still around over a century later and so widely used is a testament to its effectiveness on the course.
The Vardon grip, or Vardon overlapping grip, aligns your hands on the club shaft like the Interlocking grip. The difference is that you don’t interlock your fingers. The little finger of your dominant hand rests on top of the index finger of your non-dominant hand.
There is a variation of the Vardon grip that is also widely used. With the hands aligned on the grip, the little finger of your dominant hand is placed between the index and middle finger of your non-dominant hand. Even though many people use this version of an overlapping grip, it is incorrect. The little finger should not be locked between the index and middle finger as shown in the image below. This is more of a hybrid grip almost combining the interlocking and Vardon grips.
Finding the Best Golf Grip for Your Game
Like everything in golf, sticking to the fundamentals and building consistency is the key to a strong game. If you aren’t certain which golf grip will work best for you, try them all. Practice using each of the above grips. Stick with the one that feels most comfortable for your hands, gives you the most consistency, and allows you to control your club the best. If you end up using the “incorrect” version of the Vardon Grip because it works best for you – that’s fine too.
This video offers great instruction on the above golf club grips:
Using the Right Equipment
Some golfers can just pick up a stick and shoot under par. Others have to have over-sized club heads, specially designed this and that, and all the fancy baubles of the game. One thing that is often overlooked is a quick and relatively inexpensive upgrade – the grips on the ends of your clubs.
There are several different styles of golf club grips on the market. No single type fits into the category of “best golf grips” because it is always a matter of what feels best for the individual golfer.
Selecting new golf club grips.
Golf club grips come in a variety of designs and materials. Once you determine how you grip your club for optimum results on the course, head to the pro shop to check out golf club grips that will work best with your preferred grip. From our article on golf club grip reviews:
You now have the fundamental basics of a proper golf grip. You have a few pointers on selecting new golf club grips to upgrade your club set. You’re ready to be a fantastic golfer! Please remember to enjoy the game above all else. All the information and professional advice in the world is worthless if you don’t have fun and enjoy the game.
Featured and in-article images: Video screen grab from FitzyGolfPro via YouTube.