The Fundamentals of Golf – Part 1

Over the next 10 weeks we will be showing you the basic set up for the golf swing.

Before we even contemplate hitting a golf shot, it is absolutely imperative that we set up correctly and the very first thing we do is take a hold of the club the right way.

The hold of the golf club or as it is more commonly called “the grip” can be taken in one of 3 ways:

The baseball grip where all 10 digits are in contact with the handle of the club.

The interlock which sees the little finger on the lower hand on the handle interlock with the index finger of the top hand.

The overlapping or Vardon grip having been named after Harry Vardon which sees the little finger on the lower hand overlap the index finger and third finger on the top hand.

All 3 grips should be applied to the golf club while the leading or bottom edge of the golf club is placed at 90 degrees to the ball to target line.

By holding the club across the fingers the mobility of the hands will be maintained and power can be released through the impact zone, every effort must be made to not hold the club too tight as this will restrict the release of the club due to too much tension in the forearms. There are many different ways that are described as to how tightly to hold the club, one of the simplest ways to get the correct grip pressure is to hold the club as tightly as you can and imagine this to be 10 on a scale of 1-10, now hold it as loosely as possible and this would be 1 on the same scale, 6-7 grip pressure on your scale will hold the club securely in the hands but not so tight that it would stop the club head from being released correctly through the ball.

The choice of hold that you take can be dependant on the size of your hands and also the relative strength that you have, the common factor with any of the 3 holds is that they hold the club in a neutral position and one that allows the club to be delivered through the ball.

As with all the information that we post here, it is always recommended to take professional tuition to grasp the entire concept of golf.