YaMOE Knows Golf: Grip

Hello Golf Guys & Golf Gals,


I want to talk the grip. No, not the handle of the club, but YOUR grip. How you hold onto the golf club because it is an important aspect with regards to how you swing the club. Holding on to the club sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well for a lot of us recreational golfers out there, it isn’t and it may be hurting your game.


Is there a Perfect Grip? News flash! There is NOT a perfect grip. I repeat, there is no perfect grip because there is no “one size fits all” grip. There may be a grip that is beneficial to you, but there will also be a grip that does not suit your swing. Or, in other words, it doesn’t match up with your swing or intended shot shape. Every golf swing out there does have a grip that matches up perfectly to help you hit functional shots.

Think of it this way, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods and Colin Morikawa all have different ways of holding onto the club and they are three of the best players to ever play this game. So how can someone say there is one ideal way for everyone to hold onto the golf club? 


Different Grip Types


Weak Grip: When the club is held more in the palm of the hands, and both hands are rotated towards our lead side (left side for RH/right side for LH). For visualization purposes, the creases or line forms by the trigger finger and thumb would point to left of your chin for a RH golfer, and vice versa for a LH
golfer. When someone has a weak grip, they will have a tendency to have an OPEN in comparison to someone with a neutral or strong (under the assumption all else is equal throughout the swing). PGA players who have played with a weak grip include Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, and Ben Hogan.


Neutral Grip: This is a grip that will have the hands placed on the club in a more natural manner. The creases or lines formed by the trigger finger and thumb would point more towards your trail side ear. Individuals who have a NEUTRAL grip, and all else being equal, the club face would be in a SQUARE position throughout the swing. PGA Players with neutral grips are Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.


Strong Grip: Also known as the motorcycle grip. This is where the club is place in the fingers and the hands are rotated more towards the golfers trail side. The creases or lines formed by the trigger finger and thumb would point towards the golfers trail shoulder…sometimes beyond that point. Again, if all else is equal, this is a grip where the club face will be more CLOSED compared to the weak or neutral grip. PGA Players with strong grips: Dustin Johnson, Paul Azinger, David Duval


What grip should you use?


Without seeing someone’s swing it is difficult for me to say which grip you should use because each grip can match up with other swing characteristics in an individual's swing.

For those of you who are hitting your desired flight (again, all else equal) there should be no need to change the grip. However, if you are someone who may be struggling with an OPEN clubface throughout the swing, we may want to STRENGTHEN your grip somewhat. And, if you are someone who struggles with a CLOSED clubface, you may want to WEAKEN your grip to some degree. Word of caution, that this is under the assumption all else is equal. Meaning it may fix your ball flight, but in most cases it won’t be the root cause of your swing issues.


Conclusion


The grip is an important part of the swing because it is our only physical connection to the golf club, but like I said, there is no “one size fits all” grip. Remember, it’s only one aspect of the golf swing and it can influence club face control or ball flight. If the grip matches up with your swing characteristics there is
probably no need to change your grip, especially if the ball is flying the way you want it to. If it doesn’t match up, then a grip change may be something to consider so you can achieve your desired flight.


One grip is not for everyone, everyone will have their own grip. Find the right one for you!

 

Kind Regards,


Cod Yaremovich
Eagle Rock Golf Course
GTSC Ambassador
Instagram: @cy.golf

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