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How to Grip a Golf Club

How to grip a golf club

Have you ever wondered how to grip a golf club?

If you watch the pros on television, you’ve likely noticed that all of them have different golf grips.

So, is there a “right” or “wrong” way to grip the club?

AJ had a similar question after watching a golf telecast:

Hi Sean, I was watching the PGA Tour on television this weekend and the commentators were talking about a strong, weak, and neutral grip.  Could you please explain the differences between these three grips and suggest which one you think is best?

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Strong Golf Grip

The first grip we’ll talk about is a strong grip.  (right-handed golfer)

When we hear commentators on TV talking about a strong grip, they are typically referring to how a golfer places their left hand on the club (i.e. a strong left hand grip).

When you look at your left hand, you will see a “v”, which is created between the index finger and thumb.

This  “v” will typically point somewhere outside of your right shoulder.

Strong Golf Grip

When you look down at your left hand, you should see three to four knuckles.

There are some great players who use a strong grip and have had a lot of success.

David Duval used it when he was world number one and Paul Azinger used it as well.

It’s important to note that you can also have a strong right hand grip.

You will still see a  “v” created by the relationship between the index finger and and thumb, which will also point to outside of the right shoulder.

Right Hand Strong Golf Grip

You may hear some commentators refer to this as the right hand sitting “slightly under.”

If you are someone who is left hand dominant, you may want to consider placing your right hand “slightly under” on the club.

Weak Golf Grip

The second grip we’ll talk about is a weak grip.  (right-handed golfer)

With a weak left hand grip, when you look at the knuckles on your left hand, you’ll likely see only one knuckle after you place your hand on the club.

Also, the “v” created on the left hand will be pointing somewhat towards the left shoulder.

Weak Golf Grip

This is a grip used by Jose Maria Olazabal, which he has used very well.

Regarding a weak right hand grip, you will see the right hand sit a little more on top of the club and the  “v” will be pointing towards the left shoulder.

Right Hand Weak Golf Grip

Neutral Golf Grip

The last grip we’ll talk about is a neutral grip. (right-handed golfer)

With a neutral left hand grip, when you look at your left hand you will see either two or two half knuckles on the left hand, and you’ll see the “v” pointing at the right shoulder.

Neutral Golf Grip

With a neutral right hand grip, when we put our right hand on the club, we still want to see this “v” pointing at the right shoulder as well.

Right Hand Neutral Golf Grip

A must have for all golf grips…

One final thing I want to share is the importance of where we place the left hand heel pad on the golf club.

No matter what grip you use, it is absolutely vital that the heel pad sits on top of the club (for a right-handed golfer).

Gripping Golf Club

Additionally, make sure that this part of your hand is sitting on top of the shaft.

We don’t want it sitting to the side because this is going to make it very difficult to hinge the club on the backswing.

We will not be able to create good lever points during our golf swing, and this will rob you of distance.

When the heel pad sits correctly on the club, it will also provided great support for the club.

It makes it easy to stabilize and keep the club under control at the top of the backswing.

If we have it to the side, we won’t have the same support, and you’ll be able to see the grip moving around in people’s hands; this will cause your golf glove to wear out much quicker.

Watch this video on How to Grip a Golf Club:

To recap, no matter what grip you use the one thing I would like you to concentrate on is keeping the heel pad on top of the shaft.

I believe this is the most important part of the grip.

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  • Max March 20, 2014, 3:16 am

    I have just about every single article you’ve ever posted on this website opened on my browser, and the thing I’m seeing is a lack of comments, so I wanted to be the first to tell you– all of the articles/videos on this website are absolutely brilliant, super informative and incredibly simplistic which is so rare when it comes to golf instruction– everybody throws so much information and so many words and jargon in their articles, it’s hard to keep focused on what your actually trying to learn. Thank you so much and you’ve got a reader for life over here, keep up the good work.

    • March 25, 2014, 7:40 pm

      Thanks Max for the kind words. Glad you enjoy the articles/videos. Are there any topics or parts of your game you struggle with that we could make a video about to help? Let us know, we are always open for suggestions. Take Care 🙂

  • Max March 27, 2014, 12:19 am

    I have a problem that I would absolutely love to see addressed with your style of writing and instructing that is really killing my game, I’ve read as much as I can on it and I still struggle.

    I have such a hard time getting ball first-ground second contact somewhere near the middle of my clubface, If I were to hit 10 balls at a driving range, 5 of them would hit the heel/hosel (making the club spin around in my hands on the follow through) 3 of them would be fat but playable (divot starting about a ball lengths BEHIND my actual ball) 2 of them would I would just completely chunk, sending the ball a whole 20 yards, and 1 of them I would actually hit clean and on the middle of the face while getting that nice ball first ground second feeling and a nice divot.

    I would love to see a problem that’s been holding my iron game/wedge back get talked about and fixed, thank you so much for taking the time out to reply and I hope to read another article very soon.

    • March 27, 2014, 3:24 pm

      Hi Max! If you’d like I can answer your question through email for you. Just send me a quick email at MyGolfTutor(at) so I can reply. If you want as well, record your swing on your phone and attach it to the email. Thanks!

  • Larry September 28, 2014, 9:07 pm

    I am a good golfer and have great difficulty understanding the heel pad of the left hand on the grip. You say that imperative for heel pad to be on top of club. I agree with a caveat. If the end of the grip is too far down in the left hand and the heel of the left hand is too much on top of the club during the transition the grip will slide up higher under the heel of the left hand to a position it should have started in. This is my experience. Never heard it mentioned before so maybe I am missing something.

    • Sean McTernan September 30, 2014, 10:58 pm

      Sounds like you could be placing your hands too high up on the club? Make sure the grip cap isn’t sitting to deep in the left hand. There is typically a white line around the top of the grip, try and make sure that your heel pad in not over the line. (for a right handed golfer)

      • Larryt October 1, 2014, 10:55 am

        Thanks. That could be the culprit. I will experiment today. I have always had my left hand very high up on the grip.


  • Mike September 30, 2014, 3:17 am

    Where does the right hand heel pad sit on the top, side of the club or somewhere else? I know the left heel pad sits on the top.

    • Sean McTernan September 30, 2014, 10:48 pm

      The right heel pad should sit more to the side than on top. The thumb on the left hand (right handed golfer) should spit in the arch at the base of the hand (transverse carpal arch). I hope this helps.

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