Grip Tricks
By Erika Larkin on 5/29/13

The Claw

Two Finger Pinch

The Tee Hold

Thumbs Up
The way we hold our hands on the club can really influence our swing. So here are some of my favorite "grip drills" that will help you work through several different swing issues I often see. Try them all out and have fun!

  1. The Claw: If you struggle with grip pressure or have a bad slice or hit lots of fat or thin shots, try this position wrap your forefinger on top of the grip so you cannot over-control the club on the downswing which could lead to casting and/or a poor clubface position.

  2. Two Finger Pinch: This is great if you have a quick tempo - To feel a smooth swing and natural release try some easy swings using this grip to feel the weight of the club swinging in sync with your body.

  3. The Tee Hold: Place a tee just inside the palm of your left hand (righties). If you are someone who un-grips and lets go of the club at the top, the tee will fall out. This is a good check for over-swingers to see if the problem lies in their hands or their arms/body position.

  4. Thumbs Up: For chipping and putting I like this drill to really quiet the hands and make golfers swing more just with their arms and shoulders.

  5. Split Grip: Set your hands in normal position but about 1-2 inches apart on the grip. This grip helps if struggle to turn the clubface over (release) through impact- it will create an exaggerated feeling of that motion which is critical for good contact.

  6. Reverse Grip: If your elbows breakdown at the top or you over swing try this to feel more width with your lead arm. It also really promotes better impact position with a straighter lead arm longer past the ball. If you tend to stand up in your swing, try this a few times to help you feel how much more you can stay down through impact.

  7. Left Hand Only: If you have lots of breakdowns in your follow through like standing up or chicken-winging try this drill. It will help you feel great extension and feel the club swinging out to the target.

  8. Right Hand Only: I love this for wedge practice! It's difficult, but it really makes students feel how to gently bottom out the club especially on tight lies. If you get quick or hands-y you will scoop and miss or top the ball.

Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community, at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine and she's oobgolf's newest columnist! She writes on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at Enjoy!

[ comments ]
Matt McGee says:
Great advice - I'll try some of these just to see how they feel.
legitimatebeef says:
Some really good info here, that goes beyond the predictable claptrap and platitudes of published golf "tips". I think these exercises can help us better understand what the club does during the swing and how the grip influences that. Personally I've been using an exaggerated split grip to help me to better understand my take-away, and to get the club more down the line (I tend to be across it) at the top.
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