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How to Grip a Golf Club, Commonalities of a Functional Golf Grip


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While there may be many grip styles used by the best players in the world, there are certain commonalities of a functional golf grip and I wanted to put this thread together to help illustrate what th

I shot these in a mirror and then flipped them. I progressively close my fingers and grip on the club in each one. And no, my watch is not too tight. It's medium, and when I have the ulnar deviat

@Shindig check this out.   I like the bottom pic.

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Good info. On my phone with no club near by, but I plan on looking at this again with a club. Thanks.
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@mvmac, thanks for putting this together. Bits and pieces are strewn about all over other threads, but it's great to have it all in one place for reference.

Thanks. Yes that's the idea, make it easy for everyone to find. You'll probably start seeing more "how to" threads like this in the near future.

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Thanks. Yes that's the idea, make it easy for everyone to find. You'll probably start seeing more "how to" threads like this in the near future.

Great information Mike!

I tend to have problems with the trail hand, were my right thumb likes to stay more down the center of the grip, rather than lay overtop. As seen on the left. Is there a specific issue this causes in the golf swing?

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Great information Mike!

I tend to have problems with the trail hand, were my right thumb likes to stay more down the center of the grip, rather than lay overtop. As seen on the left. Is there a specific issue this causes in the golf swing?

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Another common mistake in the left pic, right thumb is running down the middle of the grip. A more functional position on the right, just the upper right "tip" of the thumb is in contact with the grip. Left pic position can contribute more to "casting" or losing leverage at too fast a rate.

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Great thread!!

Sometimes when my swing is feeling off or I just dont have the control, I can almost always rethink my grip and get back on line

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Here is a pic of my right hand.  Notice the pretty distinct callous.  What does this say about my grip?

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Thanks, this is very informative.. Do you happen to have a picture of what the worn out glove should really look like with a correct grip?

Good question, I'll have to get back to you on that, can't find an example right now and I don't wear a glove.

Touche'

With the rear thumb on top, it makes the thumb more "active", just changes how the wrists uncock. I think it's best if the thumb is more passive and goes along for the ride.

Here is a pic of my right hand.  Notice the pretty distinct callous.  What does this say about my grip?

I think it basically shows what part of your finger is coming into contact with the grip, reason your "V" isn't aimed at your right shoulder. And because it's not a secure position, there's some rubbing/wear going on. Gotta get that pad, green dot, of the trigger finger on the side of the shaft.

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@mvmac ,

How long should you make the left thumb? I am assuming you are exaggerating in this photo.

You can make it as long as you want, when I was shown this piece, the instructor literally stretched my left thumb down the shaft. And just to be clear, I also said this in the first post, this is more of a variation that I think is beneficial, not necessarily a commonality.

In the example I'm just showing how much more mobility I have in my wrist when I go with the long lead thumb, I'm trying to max it out in both pics.

Couple pics of instructor Dana Dahlquist's grip. Think I'll add a view like this to the first post.

Notice how you can see the top of his left thumb

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I'd just like to say Mvmac that this is great information. I tried this yesterday when I played 9 holes after work and one other tip I had read in another thread (keep your arms close to your chest through your swing) and what a difference it made in my game. Where my drives normally go out about 200 yards then fade/slice away from me an additional 30-50 yards, they went mostly straight. For as long as I've been hacking at golf I never realized that I had the wrong grip. Adjusting mine to what you showed help immensely.

I especially like the anatomical snuff box and the description you used in keeping it over the center of the club grip. That's a great tip.

One question though and I realize this is asking a lot. Is there a way you can do the same photos from a left handed players perspective? I realize we lefties are a mirror image of the majority of players and we should just substitute the right hand instead of the left for the primary grip like shown in your photos, but seeing it in a photo montage like you did above could help reinforce the proper way to do it.

Thanks and great post!

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