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Where should the calluses on your hands be?

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From swinging and gripping the club correctly? I have a callus on the bases of the bottom three fingers (middle to pinky) on both hands

I also have a calluses up in the middle of my left middle finger, one towards the bottom of of my right middle finger, and one on the side of my left thumb right were the crease is. Is this similar to everyone else? And also if you allow them to become to harded and protruded, do they effect the ability to grip the club properly? The ones on my left hand are pretty knarly..
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Not at all it doesnt effect your swing, I have the biggest calluses in the world on the bases of all 10 fingers.
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Im not really worried about the swing with them..but rather if the club might be rolling off of my calluses, slighty changing the clubhead position, without me not even knowing it.
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According to Harvey Penick's Little Red Book we should not have callouses on our hands from golf. Means we are gripping the club too hard. However, I have a small on at the base of one of my fingers, from golf.
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Im not really worried about the swing with them..but rather if the club might be rolling off of my calluses, slighty changing the clubhead position, without me not even knowing it.

You have a good point there though that makes me think. I'm sure these little bumps shouldnt effect anything though.

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Wow, this is a really good question!

From golf, I have a callous only on each thumb. On my left thumb, in the center, just above the joint.

On my right thumb, pretty much dead center. This one bothers me, because I know my right hand shouldn't be so involved in my swing that I get a callous anywhere.

No callouses on my fingers or palms. Typical soft office worker!
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my most noticeable callous that has developed from golf specifically is on the outside of my left index finger between the first two knuckles:



seems unusual based on the responses so far. hmmm. wonder what that means.
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According to Harvey Penick's Little Red Book we should not have callouses on our hands from golf. Means we are gripping the club too hard. However, I have a small on at the base of one of my fingers, from golf.

According to Ben Hogan, callouses are normal. In his book, "Five Lessons," he has a diagram showing exactly where callouses should be located. On the left hand, they should be located as follows:

One each, on the hand, below the middle, ring and pinky finger. One on the bottom of the middle finger. One on the inside middle of the ring finger. Two on the pinky. One on the top inside and the other directly in the middle. Finally, one on the right side of the palm.
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my most noticeable callous that has developed from golf specifically is on the outside of my left index finger between the first two knuckles.

I'm right handed and have this too.

When I first started, my right hand was way too active and I had a big honking callous on right top side of my right thumb. That's completely gone now. Most of my calluses are on the lead left hand, mostly where it comes in contact with the butt end of the club. I don't wear a glove either - if I did, I'd probably barely have any callouses at all. But then, I haven't been hitting the range lately. I note where the pros tape up their fingers - usually it's on the left hand I think, around the 3rd and 4th fingers.
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I think you meant (based on the pic) the outside of your

right index finger...I've got exactly the same problem and noticed at the range last night that it did seem to be affecting the clubhead. What does the location signify as it relates my grip? Too much right hand involvement? Too weak/strong?
my most noticeable callous that has developed from golf specifically is on the outside of my left index finger between the first two knuckles:

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Wat...are you supposed to get calluses?

I get calluses on the spots on the picture below. Are these supposed to be there?

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Penick's reasoning that you shouldn't calluses is that you should place your hands in the proper grip rather than twist them into one which causes the calluses. Personally, I have them in pretty much the spots that Hogan shows in his book though some of them are hardly there. I highly doubt anything as insignificant as calluses could affect your swing in any way.
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I just got the May "Golf" magazine that had a section called "Callus Analysis." It was really helpful in showing where the calluses should be. The base of the middle to the pinky finger said correct grip. This helped me fix my grip a little and I went out today and on the first hole I hit a drive 325 yards according to my sky caddie (It was down wind, but still a bomb.) I didn't drive like that all day but I played better and shot an 83 with 38 putts.

Moral of the story is pay attention to your calluses or where your hands get sore and fix your grip.
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I have 1 on the base of my left pinky. I also have a huge cut on the side of my right middle finger. I also have a cut on my right thumb. If you are wondering if this is from something else it's not. I get the cuts every year in the same spot when golf season starts.
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ok, immts007 kinda as the right idea. I saw a diagram in Golf magazine where usual calous placements should be. On the right hand, it should be at the distal joint on the thumb and right where his picture points on the index finger. That should be about it for the right hand. The left hand should have calous on the base of each finger. I use an interlocking grip so I don't have a calous under my index on my left hand.
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In the middle joint of each middle finger.....right hand is slightly below the joint......left hand is slightly above it.
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No calluses at all.... never have had any. But I don't spend hours banging balls either, so that may have something to do with it. I've never had a blister or a callus on my hands from golf.
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I've got soft hands and hit thousands of balls at the range, so it makes perfect sense that I get them.
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