Grip Check Test


For many golfers, especially those who are fairly new to the game, faults often happen as the result of poor fundamentals in the set up including the all-important grip, rather than a poor swing. Here is a simple drill that can help you establish a good grip which will help keep your game on track.

First, take up your address position and grip the club as you would normally. Then cock your wrists directly in front of you at a 90 degree angle and look down at your grip.

If you can see three knuckles on your left hand and less than one on your right, then you have a strong grip that could cause you to hook the ball and also hit the occasional fat shot.

Alternatively, if when you look down at your grip you can see three knuckles on your right hand and only one on your left, then your grip is overly weak and this can cause you to slice the ball.

A Neutral grip would show two knuckles on both hands but for many amateur golfers, especially those who are not physically strong, then using a grip that is slightly stronger, with at least two and a half knuckles showing on the left hand will usually produce the best results.

Ideally, spend some time on the practise ground or at your local driving range, experimenting with different grips, from weak to strong, until you find the one that you are most comfortable with and which helps you to achieve greater accuracy, distance and the type of ball flight you prefer.

It’s always a good idea to regularly check that you are gripping the club the way you think you are and this simple drill only takes a few seconds to carry out.      

I hope you enjoyed the article, any comments or Questions then please leave a comment below..

Until next time I wish you all the golfing success


Mark Wood Golf Academy
Dale Hill hotel & golf club
East Sussex

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