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How to Hold a Golf Club: (Step By Step Guide)

What’s important or difficult in holding a golf club, what’s right and wrong, right?

But let me tell you that, the grip of the golf club that you hold performs a very major role in your game that you will come to know within this article.

In this article, I will let you know how to hold a golf club, and what steps are supposed to be followed in the right manner.

If you are a regular player, then sometimes it would happen that someone or your mentor would be telling you “ Hey, you have held the club wrongly, hold like this”, am I right?

Why this?

Because, the holding of the club matters a lot and impacts your hit.

In this article, you will learn the step by step guide about holding the golf club of golf.

Step-by-Step Guide on Holding a Golf Club

How to Hold a Golf Club

If you hold the golf club randomly, it would not give you the perfect benefit, so it’s very mandatory to know how you need to hold the club.

So, let’s explore the step by step guide to hold the golf club properly before hitting.

If you are a beginner golfer, then it’s very important to know how to hold a golf club.

1. Left Hand Golf Grip

Hold the top of the club grip from your right hand tightly, and place your left hand in front of that to cover the rest area, and the fingers of the left hand should be facing downward.

The gripping should be starting from your first finger to the last finger.

Now, once your left hand is set, then do the same thing with your right hand, and the holding should be tight.

In a nutshell, your both hands should be overlapping  partially on each other with proper holding.

2. Understand Your Grip Size

None of the clubs in your golf bag have a similar design, and that is why it’s very important to understand your grip size.

You can not hold the driver in such a way as you hold the putter or irons, because each one has a different design.

If you observe, you will find that each club has the rubber portion on its top edge from where you start holding the golf club.

For all these grips, there is a standard and common system starting the size grip from 1 to 8.

By following this data and explanation, you need to understand your grip size properly.

3. Position The Club Correctly

Don’t go for the technique directly, first, just hold very naturally according to your comfort and feel relaxed.

Now, determine what is your common holding position, and make it the base for applying the holding technique.

Hold the club in the waist-high direction, the club face should be in front of you, and square it facing the ball.

4. Determine The Pressure That You Are Applying

Determine how much pressure you are giving on the grip by your hands and eyes.

You are supposed to judge whether you are holding the club air tight or feeling the vibration in your fingers.

In this case, you are not able to judge whether you are holding the club properly or not, then you need to determine the grip pressure that you are applying.

If you are white-knuckling then your grip is very tight, and if it seems that the club is knocking between the palms of both hands, then the grip is very loose, and the swing will not generate any power.

How to Hold a Golf Club Correctly – Type of Golf Grips

Typically, there are many methods to hold the golf club right handed, hence, there are some basic methods that you should know.

Amongst all those methods, there are three main methods that you can implement very easily and they are too beneficial.

1. Interlocking Golf Grip 

The interlocking is one of the best golf club holding methods that a beginner also can use very easily.

As a golfer, you should start with the overlapping golf grip to interlock the fingers over the grip of the golf club.

In this method, you need to lift the pinky finger of your right hand, and fix the index finger of your left hand between the pinky finger and ring finger of your right hand.

And then hold the club grip with your all and rest fingers, this is called the interlocking fingers method.

It is considered a very good method for the swing, after all, it depends upon your practise.

2. Overlapping Golf Grip 

You can simply imagine the name of the method that in this method, you need to overlap the fingers and hands on each other.

Exploring this method in depth, you need to take the ten fingers grip, then lift the pinky finger of your right hand, and move your left hand towards it.

Then you need to place your pinky finger between the index finger and the middle finger.

3. 10 Finger Golf Grip 

If there is any easiest, simplest, and most beneficial method to hold the golf club grip in this world, then this is that one.

If you are a beginner, then you should use only this 10 finger method to hold the golf club.

In this method, you don’t need to lift, slice, interlock, or overlap any finger with any hand or finger.

Just simply, hold the golf club grip with your 10 fingers in a straight way, all your fingers will go on the golf club.

Some players don’t state it as the best method, but if you analyze practically, you will find it as the best golf club holding method.

If You ask me about the best method for swing, I would suggest the 10 finger method, however, the last judgment will depend upon you, your skills, and your practice.

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How to Hold a Golf Club Left Handed

If you are a left handed player, you won’t have to understand any rocket science, the method to hold a golf club for left handed is closely similar to the right handed players.

You just need to place the club between the fingers of the left hand, start from the index finger to the little finger.

Cover the half inch of the golf club from the end portion, and then place the right hand beside it and hold the grip of the golf.

This is the simplest method to hold a golf club left handed, and if you are a beginner, you must use it, it will give you a massive benefit.

Tips to Improve Golf Grip

As a golf amateur, you are supposed to keep experimenting with the golf grip, and make it simpler with the passage of time and your sessions.

Whatever method you are using to hold the golf grip properly, you should not hold the golf club very tightly that affects the swing speed, and should not hold it too loose that can create the chances to slip the golf club after hitting.

You should hold the grip in such a way that your hand could slice a minute after playing the shot.


Q1: Why do golfers interlock their fingers?

Ans: The interlock grip gives a massive advantage to the golfer, it holds and locks the hands and wrist together which generates a higher swing speed while hitting the golf ball.

Q2: What happens if your golf grips are too big?

Ans: If your golf grips are too big, there are many chances to lose the swing speed and accuracy of the shot.

Due to inappropriate holding of the golf club, you can not determine the force to be applied while playing the shot, and you can miss the target as well.

Q3: Are thicker golf grips better?

Ans: It depends upon the size of your hands how thicker the golf club you should use.

If your palm size is bigger, then the thicker golf grips are much better for you, and inversely, if it is small, then the thicker grips are not so good for you.

Q4: Should I use the same grip for my irons and driver?

Ans: Yes, you can use the same grip for your irons and driver except the putting, there will not be any complication.

Final Words

If you are a beginner, then this article is not less than a personal free mentor for you.

By reading this article, you will be able to hold the golf club properly which will impact your game positively and your each shot will be near to perfect shot.

Many golf lovers ignore the importance of holding the golf clubs properly and struggle with the low scoring.

Whether you are a left handed player or a right handed player, it doesn’t matter, you just need to follow the strategies explained in this article, it will improve your game forever.

In a nutshell, the club holding is the initiative of your game, and if initiative is good, then the end also will be better.

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