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How much Force in the Golf Grip

What Force should to Applied to the Golf Grip

There seems to be quite a lot of discussion with regards to how much pressure should be applied in a golf grip.  It does get difficult to teach it, mainly because we are actually trying to convey a “feel”, and just what may feel good for one player may well not work for another.  In general we could say that most mid to high handicap players employ far too much pressure to the grip.  Since this is undoubtedly a vital part in the golf swing action (it’s in fact the only connection a golfer has with the club), it is necessary to get this right.


Be Sure Your Club Grip Size Fits Your Hand

Before we get with the topic at hand, it’s important to get the correct size grip on your clubs specifically for your hands.  The grip will not just function to keep the club firm at ball contact, but it also will have to be loose enough to hinge the golf club at the top of the back swing.  The hinge not just enables greater torque in the swing, but encourages us to lead with the hands through impact.  Having appropriately measured grips for your hand size is crucial for this to happen.  The proper grip should be merely adequate enough to allow our fingers to wrap around your golf club grip and basically almost, but not quite touch the base of our hand.


We won’t get into the various grips and how the club should be positioned in our hands at this point.  We’ll just make the point that the club needs to be gripped primarily with the fingers, plus the best grip for many will be the overlap grip.  This is not the same as the putter, and that is laid more over the palms of the hands.  This is since with the putter there’s no back swing where we are going to hinge the golf club, therefore with this club we could make use of the palms for a more steadying effect.

The Most Popular Grip Today Is the Vardon Grip

As we said, the grip being used by the majority will be the overlap, or “Vardon Grip” named after the British champion of 100 years back.  With this grip seven fingers are in contact with the club, along with two thumbs.  This will include four fingers on the right hand and three on the left (for right-handed players).  For the majority of players if they apply pressure on the golf grip with just the last three fingers of the left hand, not any forefinger and thumb, and just the middle two fingers with the right hand, again not the forefinger or the thumb, this will likely apply the appropriate amount of pressure.

The most powerful part of the hand will be the thumb and forefinger, and by taking those from your actual golf grip with the club you ought to be able to help prevent over-gripping your club.  It is going to also enable the necessary flexibility to give the correct hinge action.  You merely require enough firmness in the grip to keep the club face from losing firmness at ball contact.

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