The Grip: Episode 1 – The 3 Grip Types

This series focuses on The Grip.  In the first episode of the grip we will focus on the 3 different grip types and which one you should choose.

For illustrative purposes the gloves are colored for each finger

  • Index Finger – Orange
  • Middle Finger – Green
  • Ring Finger – Blue
  • Pinky Finger – Red

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Grip Type #1: The Ten Finger or Baseball Grip

Used frequently by newer players, players with smaller hands and those who lack strength

This video illustrates the position of the fingers when taking this grip.  Notice you will see all the colors of the fingers.  It is important to make sure you are taking your grip in the fingers and not the palms of your hands.

Grip Type #2: The Interlock Grip

Used frequently by players with small hands or short fingers.  This grip allows the player to feel a stable grip and a unified sensation with both hands.  Players that tend to have their hands slide apart during the swing may use this grip for more security

This video illustrates the position of the fingers when taking this grip.  Notice the right pinky finger (red) interlocks with the left index finger (orange).  It is important to make sure the interlock is not too deep, this will result in the club being gripped in the palm rather than the fingers.

Grip Type #3: The Overlap or Vardon Grip

Used frequently by players with longer fingers and stronger hands.

This grip has been used for many years since Harry Vardon used it.  The idea is that you have 1 less finger in the right hand influencing the club.  With longer fingers and stronger hands, a player may have discomfort and apply too much pressure with the right hand if using the ten finger or interlock grip.  If the right hand overpowers the club, you may shut the face too early or cast the club (resulting in shots to the left).

This video below illustrated the Overlap Grip.  You will see, the right pinky finger (red) will cover the left index finger (orange).

REMEMBER:  It is important to make sure that you grip in the fingers, not the palms.

If you have any questions about these grip types, please comment below or email cmacgolfpro@gmail.com.

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