A good golf grip is one that allows you to hit the most shots successfully. Your grip should benefit your swing. It is the only connection we have with the golf club and huge determining factor in the outcome of the shot. The way we place our hands on the club in my opinion, has been a lost art in both golf and instruction. By this I do not mean that it is correct to grip the club in anyway that feels best for you. The art of the golf grip is the idea of a player placing his/her hands on the club in a manner that most benefits his body type and the characteristics of his golf swing. Virtually every golf swing is different. The manner in which the hands are placed on the club should adjust accordingly. Here are just a couple of reasons why:
Strength Level Matters
Strength levels differ amongst age groups. Therefore it is not logical to think a 6 year old can support the club as well a high school player, or that to a 30 year old man at his prime strength. While the player at prime strength may be able to support the club with an overlapping grip, the junior golfer may need more leverage through an interlocking or baseball style grip. The same applies to the difference in strength levels between men and women. Find where you fit in and talk with your pro about proper leverage.
Body Structure Matters
Every person has a different body composition. In the golf posture, the natural arm hang for a person with a slim chest would be rotated slightly inward. The opposite would hold true for a player with a more bulky chest, the hands would rotate slightly outward. It is ok for these characteristics to be applied to the grip however, should not be done so in extremes. Remember that we want our hands to work together and not against each other.
Ball Flight Matters
The direction of your ball flight patterns can be greatly influenced by the way you hold the club. A player who tends to slice the ball would benefit from a grip that is rotated a bit more away from the target. This would set the players hands in position to rotate the club face through impact, and squaring it to the ball. For a player who hooks the ball, the opposite would hold true. A player that hooks the ball would benefit from a grip that is rotated more towards the target. This would put the hands in a position to softly release the club head. This will aid in keeping the club face from closing to quickly and creating a hook shot.
As you can see, there are many factors that should be considered when evaluating how one should place their hands on the golf club. To play your best golf it’s all about finding the one that best suits your game. The adjustment may feel awkward and very difficult but if it’s advised by a certified professional, then it’s a change worth making.