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TIP #1: The Proper Grip (or How to Hold the Golf Club)

by Dr. Golf

Objective: Learn the "proper" hand position, grip pressure, thumb placement, and how the shaft lies in your fingers.

Hold your hands in front of your chin, palms facing each other, elbows relaxed, the back of the left hand and the right palm facing the target. This relationship of your hands should never change. Move your left hand away from you so that the left thumb rests in the lifeline of your right palm. The left thumb will now be just under and below the right thumb.

Intertwine the right pinky between the index and middle finger of your left hand. The V formed by the index finger and middle finger of your left hand points at your right shoulder. The V of the right hand points at your chin. If this is not obvious, roll the entire left wrist(not just the thumb) so that the left thumb is at one o'clock. Roll your right wrist to the left so that your right thumb is at eleven o'clock. The thumbs should never be on top of the shaft except when putting. The shaft lies in the fingertips of both hands, not the palms.

When held properly, the butt end of the grip rests under the fatty part of your left hand, at the base of your pinky; the shaft rests in the first joint of your left index finger.

You should be able to lift the club comfortably from this position with just your left hand. Here's how: Start with the club at your left side your left fore-arm and shaft in a relatively straight line. Lift the club off the ground with your left index finger. Your left forearm is now parallel to the ground; the shaft is at an angle of about 30 degrees,pointing up. To place your right hand on the club, Do NOT bring your left hand to your right!! You must bring your right hand to the left. Lower your right shoulder slightly so that your upper body tilts to the right. Lower the right shoulder, do NOT raise the left shoulder.

With both hands on the club, bring your hands and club in front of your chin again. If you can see two knuckles of your left hand and two knuckles of your right hand, you're off to a great start. You now have THE PROPER GRIP.

Read this slowly and carefully, one position at a time doing each hand position as suggested in the order as written. You should repeat these moves over and over until it becomes natural. Practice is essential to make it happen.

Til Next Time,
Dr. Golf

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