The Golf Grip
The grip is your only contact with the club, and every player will have their own unique grip. This makes sense since we all have different shapes and sizes. Smaller fingers or hands usually call for an interlocking grip, whereas larger fingers and hands often prefer an overlapping grip. Some people even go for a baseball-style grip. Grip changes can be a very sensitive subject. I still remember how weird the club felt in my hand when I first started to investigate the effects of the grip on my swing and ball flight. My main rule is, if you have been playing and practicing for a long time, change your grip only if you need to and do it bit by bit.

After reaching a higher level of golf, a grip change didn’t bother me much at all. Though I still find some days it’s hard to get the grip square.

If you continue to struggle to get the club square at impact, maybe it’s not square at the start or you have gripped it open or shut. Hogan’s tips on the Vs on your hands help new players get their hands in the right position.

The club should be held in the fingers, with your top hand on top of the club. Grip pressure is a very interesting subject. We all have different levels of grip, so I don’t think there is a one-pressure-fits-all kind of deal. I do believe that making your hands feel connected will help most golfers, and what I mean by this is to push your hands into one another.

All of this is good and will help your golf, but by no means is it a rule. I once played with a guy who played cross-handed. He had no trouble breaking par, and it took me three swings to connect when I tried.

My main idea around the grip is to put your hands in a position where your wrists can cock freely, meaning they can hinge up and down more than left to right or right to left.

Pressure and positioning can change depending on the lie, club, and shot you intend to play as well. For example, putting and chipping have different grips than the main swing.