By Buddy de Joya
Holding the club is the most important part of the set-up or address position. This part of the set-up has been discussed countless of times. I believe that most of you reading this article are very familiar with the three types of grips, namely; the overlap grip or the Vardon Grip, the interlock grip, and the ten-finger grip. Therefore, we will not discuss how you must do the grip but rather learn about the elements of a good grip.
As a golfer for forty five years and a teaching professional for 12 years, I have learnt that there are two elements behind a good grip. So whether you hold it overlap, interlock or ten-finger, it does not really matter. What’s more important is to find out the most suitable and comfortable grip to swing the club based on the size and built of your hands.
Take note that holding the club a certain manner, like for instance the overlap grip, can be done in various ways based on position of the hands and pressure points of the fingers. So, position of the hands and pressure points of the fingers are the two key elements of a fundamentally sound grip. This will also help avoid grip injuries.
The positions of the hands are always constant whether you hold it overlap, interlock or ten-finger. To fairly hit a straight ball flight, generally we must see from the top, two knuckles on the left hand (for a right handed club) and two knuckles on the right hand with an inside-straight-inside swing path. It must not be felt but rather seen. Always do a visual check on the grip instead of feeling it.
The critical part of the grip is the second element. Feeling the pressure points have always been a constant challenge to many golfers. Based on the Manuel de la Torre method, the grip pressure of all the fingers must be the same. It promotes better balance. The pressure must be enough to lift the club. It will feel firm rather than light. The pressure adds instinctively as the club speed increases.
Establishing the proper position of the hands and pressure points of the fingers are very crucial. First rule of the thumb, always do a visual check on your grip. Secondly, feel a medium pressure on all your fingers.
Enjoy the game!