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  • The Grip

    The grip is one of the, if not the most important fundamentals in the set-up to the ball. After all the hands are the only part of the body that have contact with the club. Assuming you are a right handed player, it is the left hand that is placed at the top end of the club. The positioning of this hand is crucial for a good golf grip. The club shaft runs from the middle joint of the left index finger diagonally across the palm of the hand and is supported by the heel pad being in position on the top of the grip.

    The Left Hand thumb is then placed down just right of center on the Grip. The Left Hand Grip is shown in Photo 1 below.

    Photo 1

    Now for the Right Hand. There are two main Grips used World Wide and the are the 'Overlap' and the 'Inter-Lock' Grips. The Overlap Grip is the more Popular on all the Golf Tours. The Inter-lock is often preferred by Players who have slightly smaller hands, this is a favorite of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

    I will first of all explain the Overlap Grip. With the Left hand in place put the whole of the right hand onto the grip below the left hand. Now slide the right hand up so that the little finger of the right hand overlaps the index finger of the left hand. This gives you the Overlap grip (as seen in Photo 2 below).

    Photo 2

    The second of the two right hand positions was the inter-lock Grip. Again start by placing the whole of the right hand onto the grip below the left hand. Now slide the right hand up so that the little finger of the right hand overlaps the index finger of the left hand . From this position release just the index finger of the left hand and the little finger of the right hand and as the name suggests inter-lock them (as shown below in photo 3).

    Photo 3

    Now whether you have chosen the inter-lock or the overlap grip, one thing must be the same with the right hand. That is the club runs through the fingers and 'V' is formed between your right forefinger and right thumb. this 'V' should point at your right shoulder.

    So effectively you should have two check Points when you look down at your grip and they are Two visible Knuckles on the left hand and a 'V' on the right hand pointing at your right shoulder. The golf grip is now complete.
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