You can create the perfect grip for your golf swing with The Swing Boss
The grip is your only connection with the golf club and a properly constructed grip gives you much better control of the clubface at impact. During the swing your body rotates to create power and the golf club has to rotate at the same rate so the body and the club operate as a single unit. A good grip will allow a good wrist action which can be a great source of power in your swing.
Changing your grip always feels very awkward in the beginning. Using the Swing Boss as your golf swing training device is a great way to groove-in a new grip and make it become a very natural part of your swing.
One of the most important parts of a good swing is developing a solid foundation – that is your set up. Without a good set up you are very unlikely to hit good shots.
Some of the most important parts of your set up are:
- Your alignment – making sure you are square to the target
- Your posture – making sure all of your angles are correct, especially the angle of your spine
- And most importantly, your grip.
Here are some of the common problems that many golfers fall into:
- Turning one or both of the hands around the shaft towards the target – this is known as a “weak grip” and is quite likely to cause a slicing type of shot
- Turning one or both of the hands around the shaft away from the target – this is known as a “strong grip” and is quite likely to cause a hooking type of shot
- Gripping the club far too tightly.
At The Swing Boss, we suggest that the best way to set up the correct grip* is to start with the left hand and have the grip run on a slight diagonal across the base of the fingers of the left hand starting at the second knuckle of the pointer finger and ending just below the first knuckle of the little finger. When you wrap your hand around the club make sure the line formed between your thumb and the pointer finger points approximately towards your right ear. When looking down in the address position you should be able to see two or two and a half knuckles on your left hand. Now make sure that the thumb is not pushed down flat along the shaft but instead, is snugly fitted up so that it is not too far below the pointer finger on the left hand. There should also be a slight trigger in the left hand on the pointer finger – you will see how this works a little bit later.
Now bring the right hand into play – it runs on a slight diagonal again from the second knuckle on the ring finger to the first knuckle on the little finger. After forming the grip, there should be a V or line formed between the pointer finger and thumb on this hand and this should run parallel to the line on the left hand. Now make sure again that you form a trigger on this hand as well. This trigger will be a little bit bigger and it can give you a lot of feel in the pointer finger of the right hand.
There are two ways to unite the left and right hands together on the club; the interlocking grip and the overlapping grip.
The interlocking grip is simply where the little finger of the right hand and the pointer finger of the left hand. The overlapping grip is where the trigger on the left hand comes into play. The pinky of the right hand overlaps the pointer finger on the left hand. These grips are both as good as each other. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, two of the greatest players in history, use the interlocking grip but most players on tour use the over-lapping grip. The main thing is that the two hands need to be united together so they form one unit instead of being apart and acting independently.
The best way to practice forming a grip is by holding the club at 45 degrees right in front of you. Make sure that the club face is pointing directly straight up and down so it is exactly pointing at the target and then take your grip. Make sure that there is a least the grip cap showing above the butt of your left hand. You can get into a lot of trouble if your hand is off the end of it – you will lose a lot of control.
You should feel extra pressure in your grip on the last three fingers of the left hand so the butt is always pressed against the club. This is to ensure you don’t loosen your grip at the top of your swing as these three fingers will hold it in. Another place where you should feel just a little bit of extra pressure is the right palm pressing down onto the left thumb and the trigger finger and the right hand should have a little bit of extra pressure there. To describe the amount of overall grip pressure – when someone tugs the club it shouldn’t come free from your hands easily – it should come slightly out but not all the way out.
When you look down at your grip you should be able to see two to two and a half knuckles. If the grip is too weak and you can’t see any of the knuckles you are more likely to hit a slicing type of shot. If the grip is too strong and you can see three or four knuckles you are more likely to hit with hook spin. Lastly, the left thumb should be placed in between the meaty pads on the right hand – that way you are much more likely to get the right line for the V or line on your right hand.
Uncover the swing errors you are making with The Swing Boss – your golf swing training aid, and then put into practice the proper techniques as outlined above. It is then time to improve your golf swing and reinforce proper techniques with repetition. Remember you can use The Swing Boss for all elements of your golf game. If you shank or slice the ball, or want to execute a more effective backswing or downswing, utilise the feedback and practice opportunities you have with The Swing Boss and improve your whole game.
* These instructions are for right-handed golfers. Reverse the instructions for left-handed golfers.