Where to grab the golf club?

Start by grasping the stick with the palm and fingers of your left hand. For an ideal neutral grip, the left thumb should be positioned just to the right of the center of the shaft. From there, hold the right hand holding it with both middle and index fingers. Your right thumb should be just to the left of the center of the grip.

The left thumb should point down the right side of the shaft. Now take your right hand and grab the stick, with your right thumb over your left. Make sure that your right thumb is on the left side of the stick, facing down. Hold the stick with your palm and fingers.

For an ideal neutral grip, the left thumb should be positioned just to the right of the center. With your right hand, grasp the rod at the top of the grip; this should hold the club in front of you at a 45-degree angle. Then turn the palm of your left hand towards you and grip between the first knuckles and the top of the palm. It will feel as if the stick is more in the fingers than in the palm of your hand.

Each stick has a rubberized part on the top. There is a complete standardized system for these sizes, ranging from 1, the smallest size, to +8, which is the thickest. Before you spend hours working on swing changes or thousands of dollars on new golf clubs, start with the basics. It will remind you where the stick should be in your hands and give you that little boost of confidence that you are not misjudging it.

With a weak grip, the right hand is turned over the golf club, so that the V points to the left of the center, towards the left ear or beyond. If you grasp the stick too tightly, it creates unnecessary and harmful tension that can spread across your forearms, shoulders, neck and back. If you are having problems with your game or are not satisfied with the overall hit of your ball, look at your grip first. While the top two players who have touched a club use an interlocking grip, many incredible players use a traditional overlapping grip.

This forms a solid bond between the two hands, as all 10 fingers remain in contact with the golf club during the swing. As you gain experience moving your hands up and down the club, you'll discover that this is one of the most powerful tools you have as a golfer to control your shots. Use the top two images below to see what your entire left hand grip should look like in a mirror. Your golf grip is the only connection you have to the club, so it's very important.

If you find that you often make poor contact with the ball when you use the whole club, dropping an inch or two from the end of the grip could improve overall performance. For example, most golfers who suffer a cut or hook do so because their club face is open or closed only 3-4 degrees. You see, Sam Snead had outrageously strong hands so the feel in his hands would be very different compared to the average golfer.