Holding a golf club the correct way doesn’t sound like it should be too difficult. Yet it’s surprisingly easy to get wrong and not doing it the proper way can seriously affect your entire game.
A golf grip lays the foundation for your golf swing and your stance – both of which dramatically impact the way that you play. Your grip is the only way that you connect to the golf club itself so it’s essential that you take the time to get it right.
We’ve put together this useful guide with everything you need to know about how the different ways to hold a golf club if you’re right handed.
(If you’re left handed, it’s best to consult a targeted guide for clear information as the steps will vary)
How To Hold A Golf Club Properly If You’re Right Handed
Here are some simple instructions to follow when it comes to how to hold a golf club if you’re right handed:
- Familiarize yourself with the club itself (the length, weight and feel) then hold it at waist height out in front of you. It should be horizontal to the ground.
- First, use your left hand to grip your golf stick. You should then reach out your fingers and make sure that the club handle is aligned to your left hands palm.
- Close your left hand around the club and make sure that your palm is resting on the highest edge of the golf club handle (but not covering it completely).
- Move your hand to the right so that you have two knuckles visible on your left hand when you look down.
- Next place position your right hand such that your hand is on top of the left thumb to cover it. Finally, close your hand to create a V shape with the thumb and forefinger in the direction of your sternum.
Have a look at this video to picture the right way to hold a golf club if you need a more visual guide to show you the best way to hold a golf club with your right hand.
Important Things To Note When Practicing Your Golf Grip
Most golf players will be fine to use a standard grip. This is designed for players whose hand measures between 7-8.75 inches from the wrist crease to the end of the middle finger.
If you have a hand measurement lower than 7 inches you may want to look at undersize or junior grips.
Midsize grips are slightly larger than standard size and suit hand measurements of 8.25-9.25 inches.
For larger hand measurements (above 9.25 inches), jumbo grips are available.
Follow our simple guide above to follow an easy guide to holding a golf club. Hand Placement is extremely important for any golfer so it’s important to take the time to get it right.
The best way to think of hand positioning is to ensure that your right hand is on top of the golf club and your left hand is underneath it (this would be the opposite if you are left handed).
Always make sure that no part of your hand hangs off the edge of the club.
How To Achieve A Neutral Golf Grip
A neutral golf grip can be achieved by both right handed and left handed players. It can feel strange at first but it’s well worth the time and effort it takes to achieve.
It’s a very important grip to learn as it ensures that your hands work together and offer maximum control and power to your game.
By learning how to achieve a neutral golf grip you will reduce the possibility of your shots drifting too far to the right or the left as they are in mid air.
Steps to achieve a neutral golf grip
- Assume your normal golf poster without holding the club. Place your hands together and allow your fingers to hang towards the ground. Make fists with each hand the place the club between your fingers.
- Depending on your grip size and your preferred grip, connect your hands with your palms folded onto the handle of your golf club.
- Make sure that the thumb and forefinger of the hand on top are making a v that points towards your trail shoulder.
This video will also show you some of the advantages of a neutral golf grip for both left handed and right handed players.
The Three Common Types Of Golf Grips
The overlapping grip is very common in golf and is used by the majority of players. This is the ideal group for those with bigger hands.
You will need to ensure that one of the pinkie fingers is positioned between the ridge of your other hand’s middle and index finger.
This is a simple grip in which you interlock one hand’s index finger with the other hand’s pinky finger. This will naturally bring your hand closer together.
The interlocking grip is an excellent way to ensure that your left and right hand work together. This grip can help to boost your power.
This grip is often referred to as the 10 finger grip because it requires all 10 fingers to be on the club. This is a popular grip for beginners.
Many golfers with small hands can benefit from the finger grip as it helps to offer more control and power initially. Take a look at how to do it here.
How Pressure Affects Your Golf Grip
- How Much Pressure Should You Put On Your Golf Club?
This is a difficult question to answer as you’ll want to physically hold the golf club to explore how different amounts of pressure feel as you grip harder or softer.
Many golfers grip the golf club much too hard and this can result in less wrist movement and reduced speed in the club head. It also gives less rotation within the fore arms which can cause hooks and slices.
You obviously need to grip the club with enough pressure to hold on to it effectively, but beyond that your grip should be light and loose.
Are there Differences Between Holding a Driver VS Putter VS Iron?
When it comes to discussing how to hold a golf club if you’re right handed, you’ll want to think about the type of club that you’re holding.
Let’s take a look at the differences:
Holding A Driver
When it comes to holding a driver, our easy guide above is a really helpful reference. You’ll also want to check which of the following grips best suit you:
- 10 Fingers
Holding A Putter
Holding a putter with your right hand is different to holding a driver. There are many different grips available with a putter too – including the claw, and the cross-handed grips.
The best way to hold a putter is:
- Hold up your left hand and stretch your fingers out wide
- Hold the putter up by using your right hand and place the putter so that the handle runs through the center of your left hand
- Finally use the same placement for your right hand which is set below your left.
Have a look at the variety of grips you can use with a putter here.
Holding An Iron
Holding and hitting with an iron requires a different motion and movement than with putters or drivers. Ideally, the club shaft needs to point down the target line.
An iron is different to other golf clubs in that you essentially need to hit down to hit up. This is a concept that many beginners can take a while to learn.
The best way to hold an iron is:
- For right handed golfers, ensure that the glub is at an angle across all fingers of your left hand. Try not to grip too tightly and ensure that you are loose but firm.
- Put your right hand on the club. The pinkie should be placed between your index finger and your middle finger on the left hand whilst the thumb points downwards. Always check that the v shape is pointing in line with your right shoulder.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do I Slice Fade?
The most common reason why golfers slice/fade is that their club face is open to the swing path at impact. A slice/fade is when a shot veers to the right or left (for either right or left handed golfers)
This is a common obstacle when it comes to improving a golfer’s game and can be quickly corrected.
Check out some simple ways to fix your slice and dramatically improve your game right here.
Why Does My Grip Make Me Slicehook?
A slice hook is when the ball veers too far to the left. This is most likely due to the fact that the face of the club is too close to the swing path at impact.
One of the most common reasons behind this is that your golf grip may be too strong and you will need to work to loosen it to improve mobility and rotation.
What Is The Best Golf Grip?
The best golf grip depends heavily on what you’re trying to achieve. Different grips will offer different results and may also vary depending on the individual player, their skill level and their hand size and strength.
The overlapping grip is one of the most common grips in golf, however, if you have smaller hands or lower strength there are other grips that could be more effective.
One of the best ways of exploring the best golf grip for you is through practice and on course experience.
Learning how to hold a golf club if you’re right handed is essential to ensure that you can develop and improve your game at every opportunity.
We understand that you want to maximize your performance and make sure that every shot counts. By experimenting with different grips and clubs you’ll find the best way to hold a golf club for you.