How to Get a Proper Golf Grip

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A proper golf grip involves the club being mostly on the fingers and not in the palm of the hand. Learn about showing more fingernails in a golf grip to influence a draw with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on golf grips.

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Hi this is Kevin Battersby with in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip I'm going to show you how to get a proper golf grip. Because your hands are the only part of your body touching the golf club it is essential that this union between your hands and club and body is correct and what we mean by correct is that with your full swing grip for a right handed golfer you want to get the club more on the fingers. I'll turn to the side and want to show you this angle that I have created between my forearm and the club shaft. This is known as your heel pad. Years ago Ben Hogan showed people his grip like this. Unfortunately it was misconstrued a lot of times the heel pad for the thumb pad and people got the club in the palm and you can see there is not much angle there, that is actually my putting grip. But put the club further down than my fingers, put the heel pad on the top for this illustration, try to create as big an angle as you can through here and yes my V is still at my right shoulder and I can see some knuckles but it is more critical here that you have this angle here of a 45 so that when the club hinges to 90 the natural weight and gravity of the club your wrist will hinge and you'll have plenty of wrist action. So if I come up here it looks such as this, my fingers with the pad and the thumb just right of center. In terms of my right hand now, it's now my left hand with more fingers, my right hand is more in the hand so I would like to tell my students to grab the club like you're shaking hands with somebody, very simple like that. If I put the club, my grip under the shaft where I can see more nails these flexor muscles will be more active to turn the face over so if you want to draw the ball more, see more nails. As I move my right hand more to the left where I am seeing less nails these flexor muscles are less effective so I'll either hit a straight shot or a cut shot. It is certainly recommended if you are starting out with golf to get more fingers on your left hand which gives you more of a draw or hook and more hand of your right hand which helps the face rotate to the ball and get a nice lower trajectory and even D loft the club because the face is turning over to the shot. So if you're playing and you are looking at your friends say from the front, one of the things we don't want to see is the handle of the grip because my left heel pad you cover that up if you notice to the camera here you can't see the grip cap behind my wrist. That tells me that the club is plenty in my fingers and the pad is on top. If you can see the handle from here the club is too much in the palm and the wrist is too far left. It is going to cause some slices and not much power. This is Kevin Battersby showing you how to grip your golf club.


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