Firstly, let's be very clear there is no such thing as one single hold correct for every one of us. Both men and women with various grips have all played championship winning golf. My role as your teacher is to present the most effective grip to compliment your natural swing tendencies. We must produce a grip which will allow you to connect club with ball, with the club face square to the target at impact, while simultaneously allowing for full use of the hands and arms.
What we shall discuss here is the most vital element to creating what I like to call a pure swing motion, something beyond the basic principles of club face control, and more focussed on fluidity of motion, the freedom and flow to your golf swing.
The last three fingers of the lead hand are essential to achieving a pure swing. Their position at the end of the golf club demands the most resistance to friction, absorbing the greatest degree of force in the swing. Hence why the glove is always favoured on the top hand. The ideal hold on the club must strike a balance between both left and right, up and down, swing and turn, in to square too in. A pure swing motion is perfect harmony of all body parts, to achieve the most consistent impact conditions. As the lead arm absorbs the greatest force through impact, we must train the lead hand and arm to adopt a feeling of leadership in the swing. It’s a feeling! The lead hand is always moving further and faster than the other side of the body, the trail side must always follow, never lead or out race.
When you hold a golf club you hold the key to swing.
A soft hold adds a feeling of weight to the club.
When you swing a weight you create speed, which in turn creates a force.
Learn to feel the force and you have yourself a golf swing!
With the palm of your left (top) hand open, fingers together, pointing to the ground, align the grip through the middle of the index finger, running predominantly through the base of the fingers to the bottom of the little finger. Next, close the hand around the grip so the thumb is positioned just to the right of centre for a right handed golfer. The thumb should be comfortably extended down the grip, its precise length should be open to experiment, varying dependent on desired degree of wrist set/ freedom to hinge throughout the swing. Without moving your head, check to see at least 2.5 knuckles on the back of the left hand. Complete the left hand by applying a little pressure to the last three fingers, squeezing the shaft into the soft fleshy part of the hand. The thumb and index finger should be soft and free of any tension.
The right hand (lower hand) is now ready to blend into the left hand as the left thumb fits snuggly into the life line of the right palm. Which of the three grip types you choose to adopt is down to personal preference and matters little, so long as you apply the lower hand by covering the left thumb first, then allowing the fingers to wrap around the underside of the grip, without stretching or over reaching to create unwanted tension in the right hand.
The only pressure applied through the fingers will be in the last three fingers of the hand closest to the end of the shaft. The thumb and index finger must occupy a submissive role in the hold, the index fingers only role is to entertain the little finger of the lower/ trail hand when it is applied to the grip for either the Vardon or Inter-locking hold. The thumb should be extended down the shaft just enough for the lower/ trail hand to comfortably cover it. No other facet of the hold will require any or as much degree of tension. The hands are required only to support the golf club, feel its force, and maintain its speed towards a target.
Learn to hold the club as perfectly moulded as the club you are swinging. The formation of the hands as they blend to the golf club is what makes the purest swingers swing so sweet.