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The importance of a good grip cannot be over emphasized. The hands are the only point of contact between body and club. It could be said that the mind must control the club in order to send the ball to the desired target and its main tool for manipulating the club face at impact and the point of separation is the hands.

Long hours perfecting a good golf grip would not be wasted, and indeed would separate this learner from the average golfer, ensuring superior results. Thereafter attention to maintaining a good solid golf grip will insure that the player performs to their best.

It is no coincidence that the top golfers in the world appreciate the immense importance of developing and constantly checking and maintaining a sound grip or hold. A good grip allows for natural biomechanics of the individual to be applied to the golf club. These natural biomechanics allow for the hands to work back into natural positions while squaring the club face, without the need for unnatural manipulation of the body/arm/hands.

GRIP PRESSURE
Grip or hold pressure should be such that the club face can be held positively through impact and ball separation area. While this pressure may vary slightly from individual to individual the following drill is recommended for most people.

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is almost no pressure at all and 10 is squeezing the club as hard as possible, we recommend a grip pressure or finger squeeze of 3 – 4 out of 10.

It is important to reiterate that too light a grip pressure will result in a loss of club face control through impact and point of separation. Equally, squeezing the club too hard will result in tension through arms and back, a loss of free-flowing swing and club face control.

NATURAL HOLD
Not everybody’s arms and hands hang in the exactly the same manner. Some may hang with the palms facing more toward the body, or some with the palms facing more away from the body. It is therefore important to make sure each individual grip is built around their own natural biomechanics, and not a “one size fits all” philosophy.

Fortunately most people’s arms and hands hang in a very similar way and so most grips will be very similar in fashion when talking in terms of strong or weak hand positions. 

Various checks are used for grip, including the way the palms face each other, where the V’s formed by the fore fingers and thumbs point, and how many knuckles we can see on the target hand. Generally speaking the palms should face each other as much as possible, the V’s should point to a position between the non-target cheek and the non-target shoulder depending on your neutral grip position and we should see 2 to 3 knuckles on the target hand at address for most people.

But what is the absolute neutral grip for YOU? Stand erect, looking straight ahead with your arms hanging loose and relaxed at your side. Without moving anything but your head and eyes look down at your target hand and notice how many knuckles you can see. (If you cannot see all of a particular knuckle then count this as a half knuckle) As we said most people will see 2 to 3 knuckles and this would be their neutral position but yours is what you see. The amount of knuckles you see when looking down at your hand in it’s natural position is the amount of knuckles you should see when you are holding the club at address.

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