When it comes to golf grip, there isn’t a single grip that is best for everyone. Similar to golf posture, you have to find the sweet spot that works best for you— one that isn’t too firm or loose and one that is properly suited for your hand size. The way you hold the club can have an influence on the direction and flight of the ball, so you want to take as much time as you need to figure out what grip feels most comfortable.
Luckily, you have a lot of options! Here are the three most common golf grips:
- Overlap Style
This grip is used most often by tour professionals and was originally made famous by 19th century golf legend Harry Vardon. While 90% of PGA Tour Golfers use this grip, whether or not this grip is for you comes down to personal comfort. It is useful to know that if you are right-handed, your lead hand is your left hand and your trailing hand is your right hand. If you are left-handed, your lead hand is your right hand and your trailing hand is your left hand. This grip involves placing the pinky of your trailing hand between the index and middle finger of your lead hand. Make sure that the thumb of your leading hand fits into the lifeline of your trailing hand.
- Ten Finger Style
Also known as the baseball grip, the ten finger grip is useful if you have arthritis or joint pain, or if you are just starting out. It is worth noting, however, that Hall of Famer Beth Daniel and pros Scott Piercy and Dave Barr have utilized the ten finger grip as well. Start by firmly grasping the club with your lead hand. Place the pinky of the trailing hand close against the index finger of your lead hand. Cover the thumb of your lead hand with the lifeline of the trailing hand.
- Interlock Style
While particularly prevalent on the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association tour, this grip has also been utilized by Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. This grip quite literally involves interlocking the hands as you intertwine the pinky of your trailing hand with the index finger of your lead hand. You must be careful to ensure that your club does not slide into your palms, so it is helpful to have smaller hands but not required. The thumb of your lead hand should slide into the lifeline of your trailing hand.
Above all else, commit to finding a grip that feels right to you. In addition, a grip that is very firm may lead to unwanted tension in the swing and inconsistent ball striking. You should practice making a new grip for every swing on the range. Avoid the habit of dragging your next ball into place and taking a swing without noticing the position of your hands (I can bet you they have changed since your last swing). You can also practice your grip at home while watching TV or just hanging around. Your hands are the direct connection to the club and a great grip is a valuable asset to have!