I am a HUGE fan of holding the club properly.
I probably harp on my students way more than they like and way more than the average instructor. I was taught to have solid fundamentals and I know that a good grip is critical for consistency and power.
How you hold the club influences several key components of your golf game:
- What your club face looks like when it runs into the ball (left, right or square) and the direction of the ball.
- How tight you squeeze the club which influences club head speed.
- Your ability to hinge your wrists which influences ball height and distance.
- Your feel for short shots around the green which influences your score.
Now…I will tell you that most students are very resistant to grip changes. I hear a ton of complaining that it “feels bad” and I get it. I totally appreciate that grip tweaks can be uncomfortable but if you hang in there for about 15-20 practice shots, it will quickly start to feel more natural.
So…a good grip all starts with your left hand – you have to put that on the club first.
Check out this video and make sure you have your left hand on the club properly. It could really be a game changer!