How to Hold a Golf Club

Date Published: 08/02/2024

Golf is a sport loved by many across the globe, due to its blend of skill, strategy and tranquillity. Whether you’re a seasoned golf player with a healthy WHS™ Handicap Index® or a beginner who’s just stepped foot on the course, golf offers a unique challenge to whomever the player may be. 

One fundamental aspect (and seemingly obvious) area that significantly impacts a golfer’s game is how a golf club is held. From the nuances surrounding gripping, the iGolf team have pulled together our best tips and tricks on how to properly hold a golf club, and get the very best shot.

Whether you’re a novice seeking guidance or an experienced player looking to refine your technique, this guide is tailored to enhance your understanding and skills.

Understanding the Importance of a Proper Golf Grip

The way you hold and grip your golf club is the only physical connection you have with the club, making it a crucial element in determining the outcome of your swing. 

A proper grip affects the club’s face angle, swing path, and the ball’s flight. It’s not just about holding the club; it’s about mastering control, comfort, and consistency.

How to Grip a Golf Club

Choose your grip style

First things first, it’s time to get to grips with… gripping. In the world of golf, there are three primary grip styles;

  • The interlocking: the pinky finger of the trailing hand interlocks with the index finger of the lead hand, providing a secure and unified hold on the club.
  • The overlapping (or Vardon grip): the pinky finger of the trailing hand rests on top of the gap between the index and middle finger of the lead hand, commonly used for its stability and control. 
  • The baseball grip: each hand is placed separately and side-by-side on the club, similar to holding a baseball bat, offering a comfortable and straightforward grip, especially for beginners or players with smaller hands.

The choice depends on your comfort, hand size, and strength.

Position your lead hand (top hand): 

For right-handed golfers, the lead hand is the left hand and vice versa for left. Place the handle across the base of the fingers in your lead hand. Ensure the grip is more in your fingers than on your palm.

Align your lead hand:

Close your lead hand so that the thumb points down the shaft. A ‘V’ formed between your thumb and forefinger should point towards your right shoulder (reverse for left-handed golfers).

Place your trailing hand: 

Position your trailing hand (right hand for right-handed golfers and vice versa for left) below your lead hand. The lifeline of your trailing hand should fit over the lead hand’s thumb.

Choose the grip pressure: 

Your grip should be firm yet relaxed. Gripping too tightly can restrict your swing, while too loose a grip might cause the club to slip.

Check your alignment:

Your hands should work as a unit. The ‘V’s formed by the thumbs and forefingers of both hands should roughly align and point towards your shoulder.

How to get a consistent golf grip

  • Practice makes perfect: Practice your grip consistently to ensure muscle memory. This helps in maintaining a steady grip that can withstand a range of playing conditions.
  • Adjust your grip: Depending on the shot, slight adjustments in grip pressure or positioning might be necessary. For instance, a softer grip can aid in executing delicate shots around the green.

PGA Professional, Lee Cardy shows us how to get to grips with an iron:

Getting to grips with iGolf 

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