Why 3 different grips in golf?
Last week, one of my junior students asked me why there are three different golf grips. This is an excellent question! Let’s dive into why…
In golf, the hands must work together as a single unit when striking a ball with power. There are three common and fundamentally sound ways of gripping the golf club from which to choose – take a look at the three grips in the picture below and then we’ll go into explaining each one.
Grip A, Grip B and Grip C
Grip A – The Interlocking grip:
The most common grip is called the Interlock, or Interlocking grip. This grip is very popular on the LPGA Tour and has been used by many top male players including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. This grip literally locks the hands together but the golfer also runs the risk of having the handle stray into the palms of the hands. Golfers with small hands, weak forearms and wrists, and beginners in many cases prefer this style of grip.
To use the Interlock grip, take the little finger on the trailing hand (the trailing hand for right-handed golfers is the right hand) and intertwine it with the index finger on the lead hand. The lead-hand thumb should fit in the lifeline of the trailing hand.
Grip B – The Overlapping (Vardon) grip:
The Vardon Overlap, sometimes called the Overlapping Grip, is the most common grip among great players. Harry Vardon popularized this grip around the turn of the 20th Century. This grip places the club in the fingers and ideal for golfers with bigger hands or longer fingers.
To place your hands on the handle using the Vardon Overlap, take the little finger on the trailing hand and place it between the index and middle finger on the lead hand (for right-handed golfers, the lead hand is the left). The lead hand thumb should fit in the lifeline of the trailing hand.
Grip C – The 10 Finger grip:
I often suggest this grip to beginners and junior golfers as it simplifies early instruction. People who experience joint pain or have arthritis or small, weak hands often benefit by using the Ten Finger grip. To position your hands properly using a Ten Finger grip, start with a perfect lead hand grip then place the little finger of the trailing hand close against the index finger of the lead hand. Cover the lead hand thumb with the lifeline of the trailing hand.