The golf grip is the most important facet of the swing. A faulty and uncomfortable grip can start a chain reaction that will send the ball in any direction. It is like launching a missile. If the triggering machinery is imperfect, the missile gets off to a wobbly start. It is likely to miss its mark by miles.
First of all, the grip must feel comfortable.
The grip is the golfer’s focal point the key to accurate golf. It is the only contact the body has with the club head and the ball, if all is not well with the grip, a message is sent from the “trigger” room to the brain and before the swing is completed, harassments have spread to the arms, knees, and feet.
Naturally, if one is changing from the overlapping to the interlocking grip or is moving his hands to see more knuckles or fewer knuckles, the golf grip won’t have that cosy feeling at first. This is understandable. Give the new grip a chance.
I check my grip before almost every drive. I do this convince myself that all is well. If the knuckles and fingers are in their right.places, I have the image of a drive that will sail down the middle.
Control is another important item in the grip. It can’t be checked by looking at the fingers and knuckles. It has to be done by feel. The golf grip has to hit a happy medium: it can’t be too tight but it must be tight enough.
A grip that starts out right can go bad on the backswing when the fingers lose control. That’s firmness is necessary. It’s like teaching your girlfriend to ice skate. You wouldn’t squeeze her hand until it hurt but you would grip it firmly enough to keep her on the right path.
A feeling that the hands are working together is another factor that generates confidence. If the brain is convinced that everything is working in unison, it will carry out a smooth back swing, down swing and follow trough.
It would be recommended that the beginner spends a lot of time perfecting his/her grip. A faulty grip leads to hooks and slice that send the entire game into a tailspin, causing an emotional upset that could have been avoided with a little practice in the living room.
You hear the words “touch” and “feel” many times, they apply to the significant relationship between the hands and the clubs. Touch means as much to the golfer as it does to the pianist.
Few pros have fingernails. They don’t like to shake hands during the day of the tournament play. Often, they use wet towels to make their hands feel fresh. These precautions preserve and even accentuate the sensitivity in hands which make contact with the clubs that guide the ball to birdie territory or boggy land.
The friendly feeling generated between the hands and the clubs is the most important faculty in golf. If all is not well at this basic point, the rhythm of the swing can disrupt and balance upset.
Most professionals and amateurs use the overlapping grip popularised by Harry Vardon. The little finger of the right-hand overlaps the index finger of the left hand. Jack Nicklaus got great mileage out the interlocking grip.
Another method is the baseball grip which has ten fingers on the club with no overlapping or interlocking. Art Wall and Bob Rosburg have made god use of the baseball grip.
We must emphasise the point the type of grip depends on the size of the hands and the swing characteristics of the individual, let me mention that pros frequently change their grips. It is the first item checked when the thing goes wrong. In fact, a standard joke among pro golfers is, “ I like that grip better than the one you used last week.”
One thing is important in the grip, whether you use the overlapping or the interlocking. Don’t grip the clubs too tightly. This will increase tension.
Grip firmly but if you fell strain on your arms you are over doing it.
And on further word about alignment: the back of the left hand and the palm of the right hand must always face the target.