Intro to the Grip

"Good Golf Begins With a Good Grip" – Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan was absolutely right on this and the grip is so important to the proper functioning of the golf swing that I’ve created a three-part video series that covers every detail necessary to teach you how to get your hands on the club correctly and form a perfect grip every time.

In addition, I explain the specific role each hand plays in the golf swing, why a good grip is necessary to develop a powerful and consistent release, and how the grip keeps the club on-plane throughout the swing. Finally, I’ll provide you with a few ways to confirm that your grip is right using some very precise joint and knuckle alignment checks, as well as introduce some important new phrases into your golf vocabulary such as keeping your “left hand on-the-forearm,” and “building the rectangle.”

If you’re a beginning golfer, a good grip should be learned as soon as possible. That’s why I’ve placed this three-part series right up front as the lead set of videos featured in our instruction vault. Even if you’re an advanced player, we recommend that you watch the grip series first, before any of our other instructional videos. Once you’re successful placing both hands in the right position on the club, you will immediately sense how some very necessary structure has been introduced into the hinging and unhinging of the wrists. This improved structural integrity is what will allow you to consistently deliver the clubface squarely back to the ball, the same way every time, just like the tour pros do.

Many instructors will often suggest to just go ahead and pick the grip that feels the most comfortable to you. This approach is way too passive and we are not, by any means, indifferent between these three choices.

Now if you have been exposed to previous instruction on the grip you know that there are three different types of grips: (1) the interlocking grip, (2) the overlapping, or “Vardon” grip, and (3) the ten finger grip alos known as the baseball grip. Some instructors may suggest to just go ahead and pick a grip that feels the most comfortable to you. This is too passive an approach and I am not by any means indifferent between these three choices.

In my opinion, the overlapping grip is the far superior grip. I’ve watched for 40 years the way hands hinge and unhinge with each of these three grips, and believe that the overlapping grip by far and away encourages the most efficient hinging action of the three. I recently catalogued the grips of the top 50 players in the world, and nearly 80% of the best players in the world use the overlapping or “Vardon” grip.

Now if you’re saying to yourself…“I’m not a tour pro, I’m just a beginner,” that just makes it all the more important that you get the grip right. As you’ll see me repeatedly emphasize throughout the three-part grip series, the grip promotes important structural integrity to the hinging and unhinging of the wrists throughout the swing, and is crtical to delivering the clubshaft into impact in a predictable way shot after shot.

Before you move ahead to the next few video sessions on the grip, I want to emphasize the success we have teaching our students to form a proper grip very quickly. You’ll see it’s really not that complicated. And please keep this in mind: As you make changes to your grip, a good grip feels great right away. Both the mind and the body will immediately sense the structure that a good grip adds to this whirling dervish motion of a mechanical assembly we discussed. So if you make changes to your grip and it doesn’t feel great right away, something is wrong. Either go back and review the video lessons, or if you get stuck, come out and see us at Links and Tees and we’ll get it straightened out for you very quickly.