Golf Swing Grip Tips: Fixes & Cures
for Hook Slice Pull & Push Faults
Find below golf swing grip fixes, cures & solutions for strong, weak, neutral, interlocking, overlap, baseball, fingers, thumbs & death grip hook, slice, pull & push faults.
- Change the number of knuckles that show on your lead hand (weak, neutral, and strong);
- Change the way the your hands connect (interlocking, overlapping, ten finger);
- Change how much your club lays in your fingers (distance, control or distance/control);
- Change the extension of your thumbs;
- Use the heel pad of your lead hand; and
- Vary your grip pressure on your lead and back hand
Learn how to modify and improve your golf swing grip.
This article supplement the Your Natural Golf Grip Article
Your Natural Golf Grip Article
Strong vs Neutral vs Weak Grip
Changing the strength of your golf swing grip is as easy as changing the number of knuckles that show on your lead hand grip at address. This simple change to your golf grip technique, however, can work wonders for your swing.
Golf swing grip fixes for fades and slices - If you’re common swing faults are unwanted weak grip fade or slice shots, try using a stronger grip (showing more knuckles).
Golf swing grip fixes for draws and hooks - If you are common swing faults are unwanted strong grip draw or hook shots, try using a weaker grip (showing fewer knuckles).
So what is a weak, strong, or neutral grip? As a point of reference, a neutral grip generally has 2 knuckles showing. Anymore and you have a strong grip. Any fewer and you have a weak grip. Experiment to find your grip solution.
- However, don't use more that 4 knuckles or fewer than 1. There must be other causes and cures for your hook or slice swing faults. You will need to make corrections to your stance or swing.
Advantages of Connecting Your Hands w/
Baseball vs Interlocking vs Overlapping Grip
There are advantages to using the baseball (or ten finger) vs. the interlock vs. the overlapping golf swing grip when it comes to golf swing power and shot consistency. Depending on your hand size and strength and your common swing faults, one grip will provide you with the best cure for balancing between power, feel and control.
The advantage of the ten finger or baseball grip is increased swing power by incorporating all of your fingers into your grip vs. the overlapping grip incorporating nine fingers and vs. the interlocking grip using eight of your fingers. However, it doesn't keep the hands connected as well as the interlocking and overlapping. Accordingly, this grip is many used by people with small and/or weak hands (typically, women and children).
For more on the baseball or ten finger grip
The advantage of the overlapping grip is hand connection, wrist release and power. The increased release will help to cure slice shots. However, this golf swing grip does not provide as much power as the baseball grip or as much connection as the interlocking. This is the most widely used grip, however, for those with medium to larger size hands. The increased distance that these golfers may get from the baseball grip is minimal and the increased consistency is significant.
The advantage of the interlocking grip is that it provides the most hand connectivity, but the least right and left hand power. Because the back hand pinky finger and lead hand index finger are intertwined, the connectivity is strong. However, those fingers are not used to grip the club, sacrificing power from the right and left hand, arms and shoulders. Thus, this grip connection solution is used by golfers that want a grip that fixes their hands so that they strongly work together in their swing (i.e. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus).
Golf Grip Finger and Thumb
Swing Faults, Fixes & Cures?
General Golf Grip Finger Rule: The further you place your clubs into your fingers, the greater your potential swing speed. The more you place the club towards your palm the more potential control you have. However, too much of either causes devastating swing faults. Place your golf grip in your fingers too far and you lose control of the club in the backswing and downswing causing you to pull, slice, push, and hook the golf ball. If you place the club too much towards the palm you common swing fault will be a slice.
General Golf Thumb Grip Rule: The further you extend your thumb down the grip the more control you have. The shorter you extend your thumb down the grip the more power and distance you gain. Remember, however, that the lead hand thumb should be slightly to the side of the grip. So try the golf grip long thumb or short thumb to find the proper balance between distance and control.
Wait, not so obvious! Remember that you have two hands. Just because you use a long thumb or finger grip with one hand does not mean you have to do so with the other. For instance, Tiger Woods makes his lead hand his control grip and his back hand his power grip. The legendary Moe Norman did the opposite.
The Golf Grip “Sixth Finger” - Running the club in your lead hand grip diagonally from the base of the index finger to under fleshy heel pad of the lead hand was popularized by Ben Hogan. It is also endorsed by Annika. She calls the heel pad the "sixth finger." For those with weak hands, this "sixth golf grip finger" adds control to cure pulls, pushes, slices, and hooks. Further, this grip style does not sacrifice much distance since the fingers are still fairly incorporated.
Golf Grip Pressure Swing Faults
Golf grip pressure is the last equation in the distance and control balance for your golf grip.
General Golf Grip Pressure Rule: Having too little or too much golf grip tension or holding the golf club firm enough causes wild golf swings of all kinds (pulls, pushes, hooks, slices, shanks, top shots, etc…) You name the swing fault and poor golf grip pressure causes it.
You have to experiment to find the proper grip pressure for you.
However, I will tell you the golf grip technique for grip pressure many pros and I use. Make your lead grip firm and your back hand grip light. I find it greatly improves my distance and sacrifices little control.
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