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How To Hold A Golf Club — Get A Grip With The Overlap
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How to Hold A Golf Club — Get A Grip With the Overlap

If you want to learn how to play golf, one of the first things you need to know is how to hold a golf club.

There are several different types of golf grips. One of the most popular among successful golfers is the overlap or overlapping grip.

Other types of grips are the interlocking grip and the 10-finger grip. Different golfers use the one that suits their game the best.

I suggest that you try the various grips and see which works best for you. Be aware, however, that when you first try a new grip, it will probably feel uncomfortable at first. So be sure to give it a little time to see if it works for you.

Use it when you’re driving off the tee and hitting from the fairway or rough. You want to use it every time you swing. You want to make sure that you feel good about how to grip a golf club.

Next time you’re out on the course for a round or just at the driving range to hit some balls, you might want to consider trying the overlap. Many golfers find they have better control of their woods and irons with this grip. Some like it so much that they even use it with their putter when they’re on the greens.

Here’s a simple way to learn how to hold a golf club using the overlapping grip. These instructions are for right-handed golfers, so if you swing the club left-handed, switch hands accordingly.

First, hold the club out in front of you, using only your left hand. Hold the club so that it points straight up with your left hand at the end of the shaft opposite the clubhead.

Grip the club naturally so your left hand forms something of a fist and the second knuckles on your middle three fingers point directly ahead of you. Now reposition your thumb so it points straight up along the shaft of the club.

Now place your right hand on the club beginning with your little finger, also known as the pinky. Place that finger so that it fits in the groove formed by the first and second fingers (the pointer and middle finger) of your left hand. The little finger on your right hand, in effect, overlaps the two fingers on your left hand.

Place the rest of your right hand on the club, gripping the shaft so that the third, or ring, finger on your right hand goes on top of the first, or pointer, finger on your left hand. Note that once you assume a regular golf stance that points the club toward the ground, the ring finger on your right hand will be below the pointer finger on your left hand.

Finish gripping the club with your right hand by wrapping it around so that the area between the thumb and pointer finger on your right hand naturally forms a pocket in which the thumb on the left hand fits.

Try the grip out when you're hitting a bucket of balls on the range, then give it a go during a practice round. It’s important that you play your regular round of golf.

Gripping the club in a manner that feels right for you will help as you learn how to get better at golf.

Even if you've studied numerous golf club reviews and have the perfect set of clubs for your style, you'll still struggle if you don't feel comfortable on the course.

Once you learn how to hold a golf club, your scores will go down and you’ll start getting more birdies and pars and less bogeys.


Street Talk

One thing I've found out with my grip is it's way too tight. Golfers should really pay attention to how hard they are gripping their club, as this greatly diminishes swing speed and distance. A tight grip will not allow you to fully release the club through impact, which can result in mishits, and a lack of compression on the ball. On a 1-10, your grip pressure should be about a 3 at the most.

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  about 1 decade ago

I know what you mean, Mike. It was very hard for me to learn not to grip the club too tightly. I kept thinking that if I loosened my grip, I'd slice the ball. Instead, I learned to control my shots better.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi Hani, Your guitar analogy fits. If you hold a golf club correctly you hear a sweet sound when you hit the ball. :-) Chamberlane, let me know when you start playing. I'll help you in any way I can.

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  about 1 decade ago

yes, i can understand that, even though i don't play golf. Holding the guitar and feeling comfortable is also an important aspect.

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  about 1 decade ago
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