It all starts with a Good Grip.
The grip is often overlooked by golfers looking to improve their game, but I believe it’s essential that every golfer has a sound grip before working on any other fundamentals or swing mechanics.
I always stress to new students the importance of light grip pressure in the right hand. I ask them, would they squeeze a ball tightly in their hand if they were going to throw it as far as they can?
The answer is no, the ball should be held lightly in the finger tips to allow the wrist, arm and shoulder to stay relaxed, so maximum speed can be generated.
Your connection with the grip of your golf club should be no different. The primary role of your hands is to connect with the club as one unit to allow the power built up by the movements of the body to be transferred into the clubhead.
Below are the key points I believe you should focus on for a sound grip:
- The grip sits under the muscular pad and in the bend of index finger (see image above).
- The remaining fingers are then wrapped around the grip.
- Top three fingers fairly firm to maintain control at the top of the swing.
- Hands are connected by either inter-lock or overlap method.
- Grip sits in middle of fingers and pad of right hand is rolled over to sit on top of left thumb (left thumb should be hidden).
- Pressure in right fingers is a 1 or 2 out of 10 (very light).
One of the favourite drills I like to use hitting balls is the Right Thumb & Forefinger off the club. It was discovered by the Legandary US golfer Ben Hogan and works wonders for golfers who hold onto the club too tightly with the right hand.
Taking the thumb and finger off allows the right forearm and shoulder to stay relaxed which cures a lot of swing faults associated with an overactive right side.