Right gripping of a club is a vital part of golftraining. In golf, a stick with which you hit the ball is called a club. There are three types of clubs used by golfers - wooden, iron, and putter. Generally a golf club set contains 14 clubs consisting of all three kinds for various types of shots.
The right hand or the bottom hand of right-handed players is called trailing hand and left hand is called leading hand; it is vice-a-versa for left-handed players.
Each one of these is a crucial golf instruction that is practiced hard by all golfers.
- A club (stick) must be gripped by fingers and not by palms. Usually, the gloves have printed points to show the exact gripping position. Fingers act like a hinge and provide greater flexibility while playing different shots.
- If you want the power behind your shot, you must gently hold the club. Your muscles, when tensed, are weak, so relax, and play the shot with soft hands for better reach.
- Overlapping grip (Vardon Grip) is made famous by Harry Vardon in the early twentieth century. The little finger of a trailing hand (right hand for right-handed) is placed between the index and middle finger of a leading hand. The thumb of a leading hand must perfectly fit into the life-line of a trailing hand. It is recommended for long hands.
- Interlocking grip is better for medium sized hands. The little finger of a trailing hand is interlocked with the index finger of a leading hand.
- Ten-finger grip, sometimes referred as the base-ball grip, is recommended for short hands. This is the simplest grip position that beginners may start with. There is no interlocking or overlapping of fingers. The little finger of a trailing hand must perfectly fit into the life-line of a leading hand.