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The Golf Grip: How to Take Hold of the Club

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The Lead Hand (Top Hand) Grip
Lead-Hand Golf Grip

Your lead hand (top hand) should grip the golf club in the fingers, not the palm, with the "V" (right image) of your thumb and forefinger pointing to your back shoulder at address.

Photo by Kelly Lamanna
(Editor's Note: The golf grip is a 2-part process - put your lead hand (top hand) on the grip-end of a golf club, and then put your trailing hand (bottom hand) on. This article describes and demonstrates the first part, placing your top hand on the handle. At the end of this article, continue on to the finishing step - placing your bottom hand on the grip.)

The grip is your only connection with the golf club.

Placing your hands properly on the golf club helps you better control the position of the clubface at impact. During the swing your body turns to create power. Since the body is rotating, the golf club must rotate at the same rate. In other words, the body and the club must turn together as a team.

A fundamentally sound grip helps you create power and feel at the same time. Wrist action is a power source and gripping the club too much in the palm of your hand reduces wrist action.

The fingers are the most sensitive parts of our hands. Placing the club more in the fingers rather than in the palm increases the amount of wrist hinge, which results in longer tee shots and more feel.

One of the most common errors among golfers is a weak lead-hand (left hand for the right-handed golfer) grip that is too much in the palm. This produces a shot that slices and lacks power.

To grip the club properly for power and accuracy, use the simple procedure outlined and illustrated over the next several pages. We start with the lead-hand (top hand) grip.

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