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Basics of a Proper Golf Grip by John Paolino
A good golf swing begins with a proper golf grip and as result you will never play up to your potential without it. Making a change to your grip maybe one of the hardest adjustments to make, but it is the most important.
To begin with open your left hand and lay the club diagonally across your palm. The club should rest between the first joint of your index finger and just under the pad of your pinky finger. Now connect the right hand by either interlocking the pinky fingers or overlapping the right finger over the left. Either method will work so choose what is most comfortable for you.
In the right hand the club lays in the fingers not the palm. The club should lay across the ring and middle fingers and against the index finger. You should notice a small gap between the middle finger and index finger. This gap lets the right forefinger and thumb cradle the club for greater feel and control.
The left thumb should be slightly off center of the club and run down the right side of the shaft. The same should be done for the right thumb. It should lay off center to the left not straight down the shaft. If you put your thumbs straight down the shaft it will be to hard to hinge the club on your back swing and to release it on your downswing.
When you're your hands are together on the shaft you will see a "V" is formed by your forefingers and thumbs. In a perfect grip, the right "V " should point towards your chin and the left "V" should aim towards your right eye. Also, you should see two knuckles showing on the back of you left hand. If you turn your grip clockwise from this point, it's called a strong grip and you will have a less tendency to slice the ball.
As far as grip pressure goes, less is better than more. You should grip the club with enough pressure to control the club but so much as to create tension in your forearm. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest pressure, you should strive for about a 3 to 4. When you are practicing, lighten up on your grip until the club almost falls out of your hand. Then gradually add pressure until you can gain control with out the club slipping in your hands. The left hand should hold the club a little more firmly because it is mainly to guide it. The right hand will give your swing feel and power. Gripping pressure points will come from the last three fingers of your left hand and the ring and middle fingers of your right hand. the left thumb and forefinger will have almost no pressure at all. In addition, virtually no pressure will come from your right forefinger and thumb. Also try to apply the same amount of pressure through out your entire swing , from take-away to follow-thru.
Keep in mind a grip change is perhaps the most difficult change to make and it will feel uncomfortable for awhile. Try to keep a club near you to practice on when your just relaxing, watching television or any time it may convenient. The more you can practice the sooner it will not seem so awkward. With a proper grip you will be amazed as to how the rest of your swing will fall into place.