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Something like the grip is a pretty dull subject for a young golfer but it is a valuable asset and a real source of power. The following check points are helpful.
1. Aim the clubface at the target.
2. Point the butt of the club half way between the belt buckle and left hip.
3. Left hand- hold the club in the base of the fingers and position the thumb pointing down the shaft, on the right side of centre. Ensure that you can see the badge on your glove.
4. Right hand- place the hollow in your palm over the left thumb and wrap the fingers under the handle. Position the thumb so it is touching the handle on the left side of centre.
Overlap or Interlock?
Linking the hands is an area of confusion. Many players get so concerned about whether to overlap or interlock that they miss the real point. It is how the hands are positioned in terms of not being twisted towards one side or other, rather than the means of joining them. Among top players the overlap is more popular, although Tiger Woods favours the interlock. For many young players, a ten finger grip, with no linkage, can be the best way to start.
How hard should you squeeze the club?
Holding the club too tight creates tension and limits the natural wrist cock that occurs in the swing. On a scale of one to ten, where ten is tight, normal grip pressure should be around four. NB World Long Driving Champion Jason Zuback, attaches great importance to grip pressure. On a scale of one to ten, he grip at three.
If the club grip is too wide, the young golfer will not be able to grip in the fingers and a powerful grip becomes impossible. Ask your local Pro to check your clubs.
UK Kids Golf Advisor
Author: Paul Ashwell