Golf Grip – How to Grip a Golf Club

by Herman Williams

Neutral Golf Grip

Neutral Golf Grip

The proper golf grip, specifically how to grip a golf club is an often overlooked detail as golfers tend to be far too interested in the complexity of the swing itself. However, a correct golf grip has everything to do with how the swing will develop including the motion of the arms and wrists, clubface control, lag and release.

It could be a separate article unto itself, but suffice it to say that extreme grip errors lead to extreme swing errors. A “weak” grip, in which a right-handed golfer has the hands set too far around to the left on the club, will lead to an open clubface, an over-the-top downswing, casting and scooping at impact and generally high ball flight with slicing and lack of power. On the other hand, a strong grip in which the right-handed golfer has the hands situated too far to the right around the handle, will lead to an unusually flat downswing with severe  in-to-out swing path, duck hooks, straight blocks to the right and generally lower ball flight with longer than average distance on short irons.

If these errors and ball flight problems sound too familiar, keep reading to learn what the “neutral” grip should look like before investing too much effort in swing changes.

The Neutral Golf Grip

Step one is to attach and properly position the lead hand to the golf club. Get a club and sole it as it would sit in the playing position, but do this beside your lead leg, or left leg for a right-handed golfer. Standing at attention with the club resting beside the left leg, position it so the shaft is right against the leg, clubface is aimed at target and clubhead soled flat on the ground. With the handle positioned just behind the left hip, reach down and grasp it so the handle runs through the middle joint of the left forefinger then back along the base of the pinky finger while being pinched under the heel pad of left palm. Starting this way ensures that the handle will run diagonally through the hand causing the fingers to wrap in a spiral fashion around the club – note this is different than the way we grip a baseball bat which is held in the fist with the fingers wrapped perpendicularly to the handle vs. the spiral, diagonal wrapping of the fingers on a golf club.

The left thumb should sit at about 1 o’clock, or slightly right of center when looking straight down the topside of the handle. The heel pad of the left palm should be sitting up on top of and across the handle so the handle is trapped under the meaty pad of the hand. No space should be visible around the pinky finger – it should be clinched snugly around the handle. The thumb should be retracted up into a “short-thumb” position which forms a tight seam between thumb and forefinger creating the classic upside down “V” referred to in so many golf instruction manuals.

Step two is to lift the golf club around in front of the body and check the  left hand position. Lift the club so it extends straight out horizontally to the ground out in front of the belt buckle with the leading edge of the clubface perfectly vertical or “toe up.” (Click here for setup article and video to see exactly how to position the club for this step.) As you look down at the left hand, the first two knuckles on the back of the hand should be visible. The seam that forms the shape of a “V” should be angled to point toward the right cheek or shoulder area. Try holding a golf tee pinched in the seam of the “V” to use as a pointer. The tee also works great to keep the “V” sealed together so it does not gap open during the swing and cause the club to move in the hands.

Step three is placement of the right hand on the golf club. If you look down at your right hand as it rests naturally at your right side, you will notice it turns slightly inward – palm facing the right thigh or even facing slightly behind you. Humans definitely don’t walk around with the right palm facing up, but they will sure put it on a golf club that way if left unsupervised.

As we already did with the left hand, you can go ahead and pinch a golf tee in the gap between right thumb and forefinger to accent the “V” formed on the right hand as well. As the hand comes to the golf club, it is important to maintain the natural, anatomically-neutral joint alignment you saw when the arm was hanging at the side of the body. Focus on first laying the handle in the crease of the middle two fingers and slide them back until they touch against left forefinger. Allow the right pinky to lay on top of left forefinger – DO NOT INTERLOCK them together. The interlock grip tends to work the right hand too far underneath the club as the player attempts to shove the right pinky and left  forefinger all the way together. This inevitably creates a right hand position too far to the right with the palm facing up. This is referred to as a “strong” grip.

Once the right hand is fully attached to the club, the “V” should point straight up at the chin. The lifeline crease in the right palm covers the left thumb, which should be totally covered. A pronounced “trigger” finger is created by the right forefinger. It literally sits on the backside of the handle in the same position it would sit on the frame of a gun to pull the trigger. The right thumb rests on the left side of handle so just the inside edge of the thumb touches the handle. Note the right thumb is not straight down the center and it is worth repeating … only the inside portion of the thumb pad is in contact with the handle.

Final Check. If  you look down at the hands from above while holding the club horizontal to the ground in a “toe up” position straight out in front of belt buckle, you should see two knuckles on the back of each hand. Two knuckles showing on each hand suggests a perfectly neutral grip position. The V’s on each hand should be sealed together – left hand V pointing to right cheek or shoulder, right hand V pointing to chin. Conversely, if you were to place the club on the ground behind the ball while assembling the grip and then tried to look at the hands, it would be too difficult to see the correct positions.

With both hands in final position on the club, it should be comfortable to hinge the wrists up and down as though driving a nail with a hammer. That completes the grip by removing any unwanted tension as you prepare to sole the club behind the ball and move into setup position. With a solid setup, good backswing, downswing path and release, you can trust this perfectly neutral grip to be able to deliver the clubface squarely to the golf ball time after time. Try it and leave me a comment to let me know how it worked. Thanks.

Herman Williams, PGA
Raleigh, NC

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob

Good Morning Herman!

Been playing for the better part of 25 years…never had a lesson and have managed to drop my index to 6.2. The problem is consistency off the tee. Like most, confidence his high with split fairways, but without em’, the score suffers. I had been using a one plane swing, but found I lost distance on everything. Consistency was good, but now the distance loss is affecting competitions. After reading the various postings on your site, it seems I need to go back to hinging again for my distance, but this will almost certainly be at the cost of accuracy (I had stronger grip with BOTH hands in the one plane).

It seems the hands (stronger left and neutral/weaker right) are almost…”dueling”. Should I be feeling this contradiction in my hands?

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Herman Williams

Hi Bob, the “dueling” contradiction may indeed be a good thing. Strong left, weak right allows for the greatest amount of hinge and the opposition you feel prevents one from dominating the other and over-releasing. It’s tough to advise players “on paper” without really knowing what’s going on, but it sounds like more wrist hinge and a higher armswing that can take advantage of some gravity for the drop probably will give you more distance. I tell my students to try not to confuse comfort with correctness, so hang in there until you’ve had time to really make a habit out of it.

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Jack

Hey Herman,

First off I’d like to say that I love your videos, you do a great job explaining things in a clear and concise way. I’ve recently changed from a rather strong grip to the neutral grip you advocate and while I’m in a much better position at the top (club more on plane, flat left wrist), I now struggle with releasing the club. Looking at my old swing on film I used to have absolutely no problem releasing the club but since going to the neutral grip I have lost 15-20 yards on all my clubs, and I’ve developed a sharp pain in the joint of my left thumb that has forced me to take a break for a while. Any idea what might be causing this or some drills I can work on to help with my release? I’ve watched your video on the release many times but for some reason I just can’t get it to click with this neutral grip. Thanks!

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Herman Williams

Jack, it’s tough to diagnose these things from a distance, but you obviously don’t want to do things that are causing injury. A strong grip with a cupped wrist at the top and a release that focuses more on extension versus forearm rotation might be best for you. The pain may be caused from the load in transition at the top of backswing now using a weaker grip and/or “flatter” wrist. Or the pain could be caused by faulty action thru impact. If you had no significant ball flight problems with the original style, I’d consider going back to it. If you think release is the only issue, then work on one-handed left-arm-only forearm rotations with a club for a few seconds before hitting each shot. This should “wake-up” the left forearm for the rotation you need thru the ball. Your old style swing likely pulled thru the ball more with left arm which delays when it will rotate.

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Ken

Herman,
The hardest thing to change in my swing is the feeling of the shaft moving towards the target or even the thigh. I can obvioulsy do it in slow motion, but normal speed it feels so awkward. I guess I haven’t practcien it enough in slow motion to ingrain.
thanks
Ken

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Jack

Great stuff. Best explanation I’ve read. It is my belief that these characteristics are perfect for the vast majority of Golfers. However not all. For example, when I grip with my left hand, and keep pressure between left thumb and hand, my hand(really fingers) not big enough such that the thumb is at 1 o clock. My thumb is at 11 maybe 10. Now when I place the right hand in a neutral fashion, my right hand is further on top. So what, gives? The space between left thumb and hand? Placement of club in left fingers?

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Herman Williams

Jack, you might be surprised to hear me say even with smaller hands you can probably do both. This stuff can be tough to interpret in print and without the ability to see what you’re doing I can’t be 100% sure. But I’m thinking when you have the thumb pinched against the hand and it causes your thumb to really sit at 11 o’clock, then you simply want to gradually rotate the entire hand to the right. Your fingers may not wrap all the way around the club like this but you will be holding it in the fingers and the thumb gap will be pinched together and the thumb pad will sit right of center closer to 1 o’clock. When all else fails in trying to understand this, I would say the thumb pad at 11 o’clock is probably a death sentence on the grip. Good luck. – Herman

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Mike

You have given me good advice before, perhaps you can understand or help with my grip issue. Last season, I used an overlap grip, my right middle finger ached all the time. I switched to a 10 finger grip after some research and now find that my right pinkie often feels scrunched and feels painful. Enough to make me experiment with the interlock lately. It seems to relieve some of the stress on the fingers that I felt.I will say as far as ball flight goes I don’t see much difference but it is easier to close the clubface with the 10 finger grip. Distance is a little less and fats shots more prevalent as a miss. I have 7 3/4 ” length wrist crease to tip of middle and 3 1/4″ length middle finger. I do think there is a touch of arthritis in the middle finger from younger days injury. Can I make the interlock work right or are you dead against it? Any thoughts?
Thanks.

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Herman Williams

Hey Mike,

Actually interlock will likely work fine, but it is generally tougher for people to set the hands properly. It’s not really an inferior grip, just more difficult at least for “uncoached” players to get correct. Just be aware that the most common error is placing the right hand too far beneath the club which sets the “V” too far to the right and engages the right pinky finger too deeply where it hooks into the left forefinger.

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Mike

Thank you very much for your thoughts and expertise. You really are a gem to behold to us golfers. I do hope you put out DVDs someday or I luckily could have you personally assist me with my game someday.
Take care.

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Dan

Thanks, Herman, I’m anxious to give this a shot. Just wondering – have you encountered this arm/hand anatomy oddity before (I’ve made the mistake of pointing it out to some of my golf buddies; you can imagine the ribbing and nicknames I’ve brought on myself)?

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Herman Williams

Sure, it’s not as uncommon as you think. :)

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Dan

Your advice has really helped me to re-establish a servicable swing, so thanks so much, Herman. Because (at least partially, I think) of being cursed with thin wrists, I do still struggle with periods of wild inconsistency with squaring up the clubface at impact; BUT, for some reason, I’ve discovered that setting up address with a slight amount of ulnar deviation in my wrists makes for much more solid and very consistent contact. Is this dangerous “band-aid”, or an acceptable and viable approach?

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Herman Williams

We call this having “high hands” at the setup and it is perfectly acceptable. It usually creates a little more consistent swing than the low hands players.

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Dan

I’ve been struggling my entire golf life with ball flight, especially with my irons (periods of nice draws or straight balls turn into weak slices or even shanks). In developing a swing checklist, I’ve been trying to settle in on an effective, comfortable, get-the-clubface-to-square-at-impact grip. Here’s my recently-discovered dilemma: unlike the vast majority of the human population, the knuckles on my hands face dead forward when I assume a standing, relaxed position, arms at my side – kind of a pre-evolution, Neanderthal look. Assuming that my grip should at least somewhat mimic this natural hand position, what kind of grip would most likely be successful for me (I also have shorter-than-average, slender fingers along with pretty slender wrists). Strong, weak, or a combo? 10 finger?

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Herman Williams

Strong left hand (turned to the right like your natural arm hang); weak right hand (turned more to the left – probably palm facing target with “V” centered. 10-finger style may be the most comfortable way to position the hands and not worry about how pinky finger has to link with anything. At impact you will ideally just unhinge at the ball with hands slightly ahead of the shaft and clubhead but you will not need as much “rollover” as you see in my release video. Good luck. – Herman

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Scott

I’m hoping you can help me with a grip problem that has been bothering me for years. I have seen other swing coaches in the past about this problem without any solution. They basically shrug their shoulders. Anyway, here is the grip issue I am having:

I have a somewhat strong grip with two knuckles showing at address. The grip is planted in my hand just as your video shows – grip located below the fatty pad in the palm. When I swing the club, the grip tends to move over the fatty pad and ends up sometimes above the fatty pad after completing my swing and/or during the swing. I can actually feel the grip moving over the pad in my swing at times and it’s driving me crazy.

Do you have any idea what could be causing this and how I can eliminate this problem?

Thanks a million!

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Herman Williams

Scott, admittedly this is difficult for me to diagnose without seeing what’s happening. It is possible you are actually too relaxed with grip pressure and your hand physically opens as if letting go of the club at the top of backswing and then it moves as you re-squeeze it starting down. There is an old joke among teachers that it looks like someone playing the flute or piccolo at top of backswing when those fingers start letting go. Look for this first and don’t be afraid to firm up. This also means the right hand must stay in firm contact against the left thumb as the left hand alone may not be strong enough at the top. If you hinge too much the right hand can be forced to disconnect from the left and then the left hand fingers open up under the hinging pressure at the top. The goal is moderately firm grip, slower backswing so the club doesn’t have so much momentum that it bounces at top of backswing, flat left wrist position at the top. If these are all good, then your problem may be at impact in which case you must be scooping versus a pure crossover and/or you may be hitting the ball so far off center on the face that the contact literally rips the club out of your hands. Check impact with face tape and work on my release drills for the crossover. Hope this helps, it’s kind of a stab in the dark when I can’t see it. – Herman

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charles

Hello Herman,
Mate, I’ve been playing golf since age 33, 15 years now, and as a former baseball player, I’ve found the transiton rather straight forward. However, here is my dilemma. I hit a nice baby draw with my irons and fade/slice my fairway metals. I’ve been struggling with this forever and have surfed the web for hours on end in an attempt to rectify the problem. I came across your 3 videos (grip/wrist/over the top) and I really want to implement your concepts, because as a chiropractor, my knowledge of biomechanics is a huge advantage here, so I should by all measures be able to get into these positions rather easily. So, here’s my question…..with regard to the grip, I’m left handed (but play right handed)and tend to want to emphasize more pressure with the left hand and I think I’m cocking my wrist too much in the wrong way, losing the flat left wrist position, causing me to cast I believe and generating the slice recovery catastrophe. Should my grip pressure be equally dispersed ? oh, and before your video, I was using a strongish left hand grip with the Hogan right hand fold over, which I think you advocate. Today, I’m going to go with a pure twelve oclock left hand grip position and see if I lay the club off a little more correctly, while trying to get the “bump and drop” movement in there, which by the way, feels absurdly awkward. Can you please inject some wisdom into this convoluted dissertation ?

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Herman Williams

Charles, as a dominant left-hander I prefer the weaker left hand position with the thumb roughly at 12 o’clock for you. Flat wrist at top should be good from there. The key is to use your left arm strength to your advantage. The secret in doing this however is to avoid using the left arm to pull through so much, but use the forearm strength to

    rotate

the forearm and clubface. You may be psychologically looking at fairway woods as if they need help getting lofted into the air and thus scooping thru impact. Go ahead and turn the face down into the ball even if it means taking a slight divot. You’ll probably see quick results. Think “bump, drop and rotate” as you move thru downswing. Good luck. – Herman

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charles

Thanks for the swift reply, mate. Much appreciated. I will put your points into action and get back to you. Additionally, I’ll get some proper swing video organised for a lesson. You’re becoming quite popular down under, as I’ve been sharing your videos with some of my mates. You know Herman, I play comps every sat/sun and currently hold a 9 handicap. I’ve hooked up with a lot of pros over the years, mate, and your system really resonated with me. NO INSTRUCTOR has ever commented on my left or right wrist positions and I cannot believe how monumentally important those positions are for a correct swing. Many, many thanks and I’ll keep you posted. Cheers !

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Jim Woodruff

Herman,

When do you find time to rest?

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Herman Williams

Hey Jim … I hope to rest in retirement. Until then I’m going to stay after it, although as hard as I may go, there is no such thing as ever really catching up. Thanks for checking in. – Herman

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marty

Herman,
I didn’t have a chance to read through all the comments/questions, so I’m unsure if you addressed this question.
How much of a role does the size of your club grips have to do with your overall swing. I have trouble getting my hands comfortable on the club, and I’m thinking some of that may have to do with my grips. When playing baseball, I remember having a preference for middle of the road bat handle…not too skinny and not too fat.

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Herman Williams

Actually your individual comfort is the most important part. Most of us can position are hands reasonably close to the ideal whether the grips are standard, undersize or oversize. Consider having one club regripped undersize and one regripped to a midsize and play with them for a week to see if one feels better than the standard stuff you’ve been using. In the past, we used to measure hand size and check finger length for fit, but the more modern methodology is to let the player sample different sizes and tell us what feels best. I can tell you in general if you want to measure your hand, your hands are larger than average if your middle finger is 3.5″ or longer and/or your overall hand length from wrist crease to finger tip is over 7 5/8″

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andy

Im currently a 1 handicap golfer ,who struggles in a left to right wind,was told by a + handicap player to strengthen left hand, wish i d been told years ago! Totally different strike ,irons and driver,just have to get to practice area to get new distances and alignment sorted out, but delighted with new flight,previous flightbwas high and weaker!

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Don

Herman,
I think your videos are great and have help me somewhat with the over the top move. one of many of my problems is that i’m not very flexible with my upper body and its hard to turn and finish my shot. Is there a good excercise to help with this? I’m 6′ 2″ and 250 pounds and gettin older by the day.
Don

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Herman Williams

Don, consider flaring your feet outward to increase your ability to turn the hips. You can also drop the right foot back into a “closed” stance to make it easier to turn the hips fully in the backswing. A full, tension free turn in backswing make sit easier to get the armswing deep enough to avoid the over the top move. Good luck. – Herman

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Mike

Hey Herman,
How come the trigger finger position is so important? I recently found that when I place the forefinger in more of a hooked position the clubface stays square longer and there is a better feel on impact. Why is such a small detail so vital? I think without it I early release the club and either scoop it or pick it with a more open clubface. Please advise.

Thanks.

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Herman Williams

The best answer I have is that your brain can sense that pressure point as if the flat first joint of the trigger finger and then the palm all register in alignment with the clubface. Then simply keep the pressure against the back side of shaft all the way to the hit.

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Adam

Hey Herman,

I’m a pretty high level high school golfer and currently use a slightly strong grip. I’ve always had troubles off and on with casting the club and losing distance. I have a really good short game which keeps me in lots of rounds. I feel like if I gained distance and control I could be a scratch golfer or better. Currently like a 3 handicap. I was wondering if a neutral grip will eliminate the casting? I’ve tried all sorts of things in my swing path and stance, but just cannot lose the casting sometimes. Thanks

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Herman Williams

A strong left hand grip actually should be a good idea. However, a weaker right hand may let you get more wrist hinge and might let you hold the lag longer. I must admit I have seen some strong grip players who still have an open clubface at top of backswing due to excessive cupping in the left wrist. If so, the open clubface may be the reason for your casting. Without being too confusing, just the opposite is possible as well. You may have the face so closed at the top that you have to cast just to get enough loft on your shots at impact. Bottom line is to figure out your face position at the setup, top of backswing and impact so you can decide what to do with grip, wrist position and release. Good luck. – Herman

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don

i fought my grip for years until i realized that the hands have to face each other. no other way to have a perfect tray at the top. so one hand weak and another strong never worked for me.

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NOEL NABOR

Dear Herman,

I have been playing golf for 10 years and I am still a 26 handicapper. I used to be a 20 handicapper when I was using a neutral 10 finger grip. Then for no apparent reason I switched to strong interlocking grip. That was when my handicap ballooned to 26. But I didn’t attribute my game’s deterioration on changing the way I grip the golf club. Then, just recently, out of frustration, while on the driving range, I decided to tinker with my grip. I tried weak overlap and strong overlap, still no success of having good contact with the ball, especially with the driver the ball just don’t fly. Then, lastly I tried neutral overlapping grip, and voila, the ball flew straight with my driver. Then I tried hitting all my clubs with the same results, the ball was flying straight with a slight fade. Then, I tried to google: “neutral grip, the key to straighter shots” to validate my discovery, and your website came up. So now, I’m certain that a neutral grip is the real secret for a straighter shot. Thank you very much.

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Herman Williams

Glad you continued your search and got the confirmation. Good luck with your training. – Herman

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Andrew

Thanks for the tip I was using the interlocking grip ( I have small hands) and could not stop my right hand from sliding under (to the right) no matter what I tried. Have now changed to overlapping and no longer have that problem however, I find that the but end of the club does not remain under the left pad all the way through the swing (usually moves / pops out on the follow through), is this a grip issue or a swing issue?

Kind regards
Andrew M

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Herman Williams

Hey Andrew … it sounds like you are on the right track. It’s funny how interlocking was always recommended for people with small hands, but it never really works that well in my opinion. In fact you might even just try a 10-finger grip. For the left hand it’s tricky since you say you have small hands. First we want to make sure as much as possible you have the actual fleshy part of the heel of your hand pinched up on top of the handle. You sort of have to press the butt of your left hand diagonally across the top of the club to get this right. This is what gets the “V” of the left hand actually pointing to the right shoulder. If this is good and the club is still moving, it’s possible you are not striking the center of the clubface all that well. If so, the jarring of off-center impact will twist the club out of your hands anyway regardless of how good your grip is. Check your impact with some pressure sensitive impact tape and adjust your setup or swing path to improve the contact point. Good luck … Herman

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karen

Loved the clarity of your grip lesson. I never realised that the “short thumb” and closeness between thumb and forefinger was so important. However when I do this (and i have to exert closing pressure in those two fingers to achieve it) I find it makes my grip feel pretty tight and I prefer a softer feel. Any thoughts or will I eventually get used to it?

Thanks

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Herman Williams

You described it perfectly … just give it a little more time. Make sure the club handle is angled thru your fingers exiting almost at the tip of the forefinger. You may also want to check grip size to see if smaller diameter helps the comfort.

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stanudin

Hi Herman,

I’m a 20 handicapper, recently i used a strong grip that tends to lead me to a low hook ,very short distance and can’t seem to get the ball up in the air expecially with my driver but works fine for my iron, but when i changed it to neutral grip i’ll get a high slice or pushes it to the right with my driver and sometimes even with my long iron. What should i do?

Regards,
Stanudin

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Herman Williams

The strong grip usually leads to a delofted clubface at impact with the shaft leaning forward too much. That’s usually a problem if you don’t have the club speed of a Tiger Woods. I think you are smart to bite the bullet and address the grip, hopefully getting the clubface in a neutral position. However, you still have the old swing habit to get rid of after that. So spend some time now on literally rolling the hands over thru impact to try and hook the ball. Hopefully you will now be striking the ball from the “inside” with the true loft of the club as the face naturally squares into impact. Bes ure to watch my videos on “flat wrist” and “release.”

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don

if my left thumb is on top of the club, i cannot get the V to point far enough to the right. is that ok or am i not holding it right?

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Herman Williams

Probably ok but the thumb should sit at a slight diagonal to achieve the pad on top with “V” to right shoulder. Thumb should not appear to point straight down the shaft.

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don

hey again

thanks for the response. i discovered that the club was not being held securley in my left pinky. that thing has to wraped tight. if i do that, then the thumb is on top of the shat and not pointed straight down. this feels real good. what a tricky thing!

don

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David Webster

Hi Herman.
I have been playing golf for over 30 years and to this day, no one, in any book or video has explained the reason why so many pros create a gap with the trigger finger on their right hand. (right handed golfers). Why is the forefinger separatedfrom the the rest of the fingers and what purpose does it serve and how does it help your swing, Would appreciate your comments.
David

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Herman Williams

The gap does not necessarily serve a purpose but rather is an indication that you have your hand properly angled along the handle. The fingers should wrap in a spiral fashion with the club running diagonally through the hand from the base of the pinky finger out through the middle joint area of the forefinger. Once you hold it that way there is often a gap.

Some players will intentionally create more gap just to accentuate the pressure point of the trigger finger along the backside of the shaft. That pressure point helps “register” the clubface position and allows an aggressive overhanded release without much fear of hooking. Thanks for visiting the blog and commenting.

Herman

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David Webster

Hi Herman, Thank you very much for your explanation, much appreciated.
Regards

David

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Jim Young

You say right pinkie lies on top of left forefinger. Isn’t that contrary to Hogan and desciples who say pinkie should lock in the groove between forefinger and middle finger? May not make much difference, but I’ve been doing it the Hogan way my entire “career”.

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Herman Williams

Agreed … I prefer the way you and Hogan do it. My statement is more of a generality to differentiate from interlocking position. But for others here I will throw out the observation that it might surprise you how many people lack the flexibility or length in the pinky to get it back there in the groove without a lot of discomfort. If so, on top will be ok. Thanks for commenting. – Herman

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Rob Russell

One of the things that I have found to be vital about the left hand is to ensure those fingers are spiraling upward as Herman mentions. If you dont do that you wont have the right connection and pressure upward into the palm, and the feel of the club is entirely different if you dont do that. I find that holding the club out in front at a 45 degree angle with the right hand, and extending the left hand horizontally and then taking the grip, the spiraling happens pretty automatically. It doesnt always happen automatically when you take your grip when the club is soled on the ground, so be mindful of that ! Its amazing how many golf books dont emphasize the spiraling fingers when talking about how to take your left hand grip. Thanks again Herman!

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Bill Criste

In the article that precedes this video you state ( contrary to the video) that the left thumb should be to the right of center, not on top as the video suggests. (The left thumb should sit at about 1 o’clock, or slightly right of center when looking straight down the topside of the handle.) When I position it in this manner, the V of my right hand points straight up the shaft but instead of it aligning with the center of the grip it is more parallel with the right edge of the grip. Any comments. Thanks!

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Herman Williams

Bill, thanks for commenting. You have some wiggle room with the positioning. You’ll note in the video I allow for 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock for the left thumb position. 1 o’clock is safer for the masses who may not work on anything else in the swing and tend to suffer with open club face & slicing.

If you tend to slice and have inflexible wrists, I’d suggest the 1 o’clock position. If you have fairly supple wrists, plenty of wrist hinge and clubhead speed, I’d go for the 12 o’clock position. With either position you should be able to get the “v” of right hand vertically centered … aligned with “right edge of grip” as you stated is probably ok.

Bottomline … I like 12 o’clock left thumb for players who follow the “flat wrist” and active “release” from my 3-part video series. If a player has dead hands, no speed and slices, I like the 1 o’clock position a little better. See my latest blog post and video on “wrist action for distance.”

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Bill Criste

Thanks Herman. This is one of the very few on-line forums that I have ever participated in (golf or otherwise) where the host actually reply’s to my post. Good for you and keep up the good work.
Bill

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steve J

Hello Herman,

You wrote about the grip that “strong left and weak right is ultimately neutral”.
I am a long time low single digit handicapper and former club champion. Some time back a famous teaching pro had me turn my left hand stronger. “Everybody” says the left and right hand should match which I diligently and dutifully tried to do. On the practice tee have found the strong left, weak right combo worked well, straightened my hook and let me shape shots, but since it was not “correct” always went away from it. You also wrote of the perils of right palm facing upward. I know that but had either forgotten or ignored it in my quest to be “correct”. As you pointed out, the Hermanized grip is anatomically superior. Am glad I found your info and thank you for it.

Regards, Steve J

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Herman Williams

Thanks Steve … welcome to the fold. Hope your handicap keeps going lower. – Herman

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