Three Quick Checks for the Right Grip

Mark Oswald
General Manager
The Highlands at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.
Marana, AZ

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GRIP PRESSURE: How tight are you holding the club? Are your hands and arms relaxed? Begin at the shoulders with letting the arms hang freely. Next place the grip lightly in your hands. Do not clamp down on the grip.  Hold it firm enough to not turn, but lose enough not to get tension in your arms and shoulders. If you change or tighten the grip pressure any time before or during the swing you will create tension and lessen your chances for a good shot.

  After applying the correct grip pressure you should see at least two knuckles on your left hand, (this is for the right handed golfer). This will put your left hand in a slightly stronger grip position. This position promotes the proper release and compliments squaring the golf club prior to impact. If you are having trouble with the slice you may experiment with seeing up to three knuckles. Put some dots on your glove where your knuckles are and check this position before every shot.

ALIGN THE “V”.  The “V” appears between your thumb and forefinger on the right hand. To see this “V” look down at the right hand after taking your grip with the right hand (this is for the right handed golfer). This “V” should point towards your right shoulder. Another point to check on the right hand is to see your fingernails, they should be visible as you align the “V”’s. This alignment will again place the hands in a strong grip position promoting the proper release.

A good grip is vital for a consistent swing and ball flight. Work with these 3 simple keys to check and improve your grip position. A consistent grip and the release of tension in your arms and shoulders will improve your golf swing and lower your score.

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