The Left Hand

How to Form a Proper Left Hand Grip!

This is perhaps one of the most important videos to watch in the Instructional Vault. The biggest mistake I see among inexperienced golfers is a poorly formed left hand grip. If you don’t get the left hand on the club properly, you’ll never learn to hit it hard, and never have a chance of getting the shaft working "on-plane" at the top of the backswing.

  • Don’t worry about where the V’s are aligned and how many knuckles you see. Here’s the main point: The left wrist must sit directly above the butt-end of the grip – not off to the left side – and be aligned as close as possible to the underlying shaft.
  • A correct left hand grip forms a "martial-arts" fist – not a "sissy-fist" A martial arts fist enables the left wrist to perform two essential functions: (1) it allows the left wrist to easily form a 90* angle between the clubshaft and the left forearm, and (2) it creates proper structural support for the left wrist to stay "on-the-forearm" and keeps the clubshaft moving in alignment with the plane of the left arm. The opposite of the martial-arts fist is the "sissy-fist." With a sissy fist, the tip of the left thumb barely stretches past the outer edge of the left index finger, blocking the left wrist from forming a structurally sound right angle between the shaft and left fore-arm.
  • In a well-formed left hand grip, (1) the left wrist will sit directly above the butt end of the grip, (2) the distance between the tip of the left thumb to the outer edge of the left index finger will stretch at least 1.0-1.5"(a long thumb), (3) the left thumb will feel angled backward toward the 1 o’clock position, (4) the wrists will feel as though they are riding "high" relative to the grip, and (5) the left thumb will sit at 1:00 o’clock position and fit into the life-line of the right hand.