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Poll Results: How do you grip the club?

 
  • 35% (72)
    Vardon / Overlapping
  • 7% (16)
    Baseball / Ten Finger
  • 56% (113)
    Interlocking
201 Total Votes  
post #37 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

I've been using baseball grip since I started golfing but am now going to attempt to switch to the Vardon grip. I definitely use the right index finger and thumb as dominant fingers (which Hogan says is bad), so we'll see how it goes. After about an hour of practice with the new grip, it kind of makes my hand sore, but I'm sure that's just because my muscles aren't acclimated to it yet.
post #38 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

I first learned interlocking and played that way until earlier this year. After reading a couple books, I switched to the overlapping grip and played that way for a while. Both seemed comfortable enough, but I switched back to interlocking because it just seemed more natural to me.

10-finger grip just feels totally wrong to me...
post #39 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

INterlocking since day one.
post #40 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

Learned overlaping but turned to the interlock. I keep trying to go back to the overlap but as it starts well my swing starts to flaw with a few swings. mental though.
post #41 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

I prefer a neutral Vardon grip.
post #42 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

The poll results really surprised me. I thought the overlap would be the most popular by a wide margin. That's what I have always used, never even tried anything else.

cubdog
post #43 of 67
Thread Starter 

Re: How do you grip the club?

Sigh...... it's the Tiger Woods generation...hey wait a minute... that's my generation!

Just kidding.

Nothing wrong with the interlock if you keep the grip in the fingers!
post #44 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

Interlock... I have short fingers...
post #45 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

Originally Posted by kc8kir View Post
Didn't see this as a previous thread, so here goes.

Many sources still say the Vardon, or overlapping grip, is the most common grip. I wonder how much this has changes with the influence of Jack and Tiger.

If you use a hybrid grip style, just pick the closest one. If you use one grip for driver, and one for irons, pick the one that you think is most comfortable.

I grew up playing interlock, now play vardon, but am switching back to interlock. Just feels like the hands can work better together.

I'll state for the record that all grip styles are fine. The choice is player dependent. I have even heard of people successfully golfing with reverse grips!

I think it all depends on what works for you. Jack Nicklaus had relatively small hands so he uses the interlock grip for more control (so does Tiger).

Experiment for a while and find which grip style feels comfortable for you...I myself like the Ben Hogan overlapping grip pictured here:

post #46 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

when i was little and my dad would just occasionally take me golfing with him, and i had no formal lessons or any kind of grasp of the game really, i played with a crosshanded baseball grip. fast forward to about 10-12 years later when i'm finding the game again, i started off with a regular baseball grip for about the first month, then switched to an interlocking grip at the suggestion of a friend. fast forward again to about three years later, i get my first actual golf lesson, and one of the first things the pro suggests i try is an overlapping grip.

i've been with vardon ever since.
post #47 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

Originally Posted by kc8kir View Post
Ok, just so there is no confusion.

10 Finger - Same way you grip a baseball bat. From the perspective of a right hand golfer, left hand is on top, right hand just below it. All fingers wrap around the shaft, the hands just butting up against each other.


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The only thing about the 10 finger grip that is like holding a baseball bat is the hand position relative to each other. The rotational position is nothing like baseball, and the small percentage of golf professionals who even recognize it will very quickly correct you when you call it a "baseball" grip.

In all 3 golf grips the club should lie across the fingers of both hands, not in the palm of either hand. There are numerous photos and videos on the web that show the proper way to grip a golf club for anyone who is uncertain.

Responding to the OP: I have always used the interlocking grip in a neutral position. I was shown it long before I ever ever actually played the game by my cousin (and before Jack Nicklaus was even out of college), and when I did start playing, it just felt right. Still does. One thing that the interlock does is it prevents you from getting too strong a right hand, as you are limited in the rotation of that hand by the interlocked fingers. The guys I know with exceptionally strong right hand grips all use the Vardon grip.
post #48 of 67

Re: How do you grip the club?

I've been using the interlocking grip for the past year just because that is what my pro has taught me
post #49 of 67
I use the 10 finger grip but the club rests in my fingers not my palm. My right thumb crosses over and rests on the left side of the shaft. Overlapping and interlocking have never felt comfortable and I've been as low as a 4 handicap with this grip.

Reading Hogan's fundamentals book tonight and of course the first one is grip, got me thinking about overlap so I'll try it at the next range session. Worried about regressing before I start progressing again.
post #50 of 67

Switched from Vardon to Interlocking about 5 years ago.  I have smaller hands and at least feel that my hands are working together more, even if they don't sometimes.

post #51 of 67
I have been playing a little over 40 years and have used all three, but I have pretty much stuck with the Vardon for the last 20 years or so. I feel it gives me the best combination of comfort, flexibility and control. I stopped using a glove about 20 years ago, and the Vardon is more comfortable to me than interlock in the gloveless mode.. I could use the interlock if I felt some benefit; it doesn't feel weird to me or anything. As a youngster, I started out untrained witht the 10 finger, but switched within a year to interlock. I did try it again about 25 years ago when I was having some problems and would try ANYTHING. The 10 finger does feel weird to me now.
post #52 of 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by Party View Post
 

Switched from Vardon to Interlocking about 5 years ago.  I have smaller hands and at least feel that my hands are working together more, even if they don't sometimes.

 

I think hand size would play into it a LOT.

 

I have long fingers.  I was interlock since I started, switched to overlap about 2 years ago and it's doing so much better for me.

post #53 of 67
Would it depend on grip size also? I have regular sized grips and big hands..2x gloves. I have always used the interlock grip because I felt I had more control over things and being a baseball player I wanted to twist and turn my wrists too much with a 10 finger grip.
However I just ordered a new set of clubs with Jumbo grips and think that will assist with possibly converting to more of an overlap?
post #54 of 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by shfboyroddy View Post

Would it depend on grip size also? I have regular sized grips and big hands..2x gloves. I have always used the interlock grip because I felt I had more control over things and being a baseball player I wanted to twist and turn my wrists too much with a 10 finger grip.
However I just ordered a new set of clubs with Jumbo grips and think that will assist with possibly converting to more of an overlap?

 

Since I don't have big hands I can't be sure.  Since the same size grip fits larger in smaller hands versus larger hands, I would think that increasing the size of the grip would move you more towards an interlocking grip since it is fitting larger in your hands.  In reality it is all about personal preference.  If overlap feels better after some practice then go with.  You will need to give it a chance as it will probably feel awkward at first. 

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