If you’ve got a reasonable amount of golf experience behind you it’s easy to overlook the importance of the club grip. Many golfers will look for any number of ways to improve their swing, without addressing their grip.
Many golfers become stuck in their ways and they pay the price when their development flattens. You don’t have to be one of these people!
The effort involved in improving your grip is not really physical though, so anyone can do it. The challenge is the mental effort of remembering to change your grip, overcoming the powerful force of habit that many golfers struggle with.
It’s not good for your mental game to be questioning your grip during a round with friends or co-workers- so it’d be a good idea to get started on improving your golf swing’s grip as soon as possible.
Stick to the range or other practice sessions for learning a new grip. That way you can get your new technique mastered, before unleashing it on your golf buddies- which is always good for maximum impact. Is it ethical to develop sudden improvements in a sport where sportsman’s wagers are common? I’ll leave you to consider that one!
In any case, you will benefit considerably from getting the right grip for your swing. The grip is an essential part of transmitting power through the course of the swing and it acts as a lever throughout.
Making sure you have the right swing presents you with a unique opportunity among the average golfer, because so many golfers overlook the grip as a way of improving their swing. Getting the grip right will add distance and accuracy, the twin holy grails of golf development.
Consider Golf Swing Grips The Pros Use:
Choosing a grip for your swing is a very personal thing but you may wish to consider the following grips, which are regularly used at the top of the game.
1. The Vardon Grip.
The Vardon Grip is very popular with professionals. It differs from the standard grip as the right hand pinkie is stretched to overlap the left hand index finger. This grip has been used by many top professionals since it was developed at the turn of the 20th century, where it was developed as a means of bringing both wrists closer together for a smoother action.
2. The Interlocking Grip
This is a variation of the Vardon grip, where the right hand pinkie and left hand index finger are interlocked together, rather than just overlapping. As the hands are locked together this grip is generally considered to be best for golfers with small hands or weaker forearms. This grip is very popular on the LPGA circuit, as women tend to have smaller hands.
One More Thing:
If you want to see real improvement – don’t grip the club too tightly. This is one of the most common mistakes people make. You don’t need to hold the club like you’re on a rollercoaster against your Doctor’s advice!
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