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Tips & Tricks : Chapter 1 – Grip

By: Tony Blacker

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the first edition of Golf Indonesia. I feel so honoured to be approached to write an article to promote the game I love. After a few days of deliberation, I have chosen the topic of the Fundamentals for the game which are the most important part for the person wishing to start golf or the experienced golfer who has been playing for quite some time. The fundamentals consist of three chapters namely the Grip, Stance and Posture. These areas are constantly checked and modified by all golf professionals and are the building blocks for the creation of takeaway, backswing, top of backswing, downswing, impact zone and followthrough.

Furthermore within the game of golf we may have different grips, posture and stance throughout learning all areas of the game, including putting, pitching, chipping, chip and run, flop shot, green side bunker, fairway bunker, uphill lie, downhill lie, sidehill lie, low shot, high shot, slice, fade, draw, hook, straight just to name a few. Now please don’t get worried or concerned about having to learn all these in a month. The wonderful thing about this game is that you are allowed to take your time in learning all areas, and this is why, in fact, the game is so addictive as you start to challenge yourself in all the areas of the game. So please when setting your goals or objectives don’t be so hard on yourself and enjoy the new skill that you are learning.

Ok lets get started with the first chapter, Grip. Every golfer will need some knowledge of the grip before applying their skills and going to that driving range or golf course..

Chapter Grip – There are 3 most common grips used in learning golf, I will briefly discuss the 3 to you. Before explaining the kind of grips I would like to mention that knowing the centre line or c/l as we call it, is very important. The centre line is always marked on a grip and normally identified via the golf club logo or sometimes just a dash at the top and bottom of your grip. This knowledge will allow you to position your hands correctly every time for which ever grip you choose to use.

1. Baseball Grip – (ten finger grip)

Baseball GripThis grip has been around since the introduction of the game and is natural for most new players. A player seeks to cover more of the grip surface in an effort to use the right hand and exert pressure against the shaft so as to square the face and provide power. Obviously one gets more right-hand leverage in a base ball grip, since more of the grip surface is located on the lower portion of the shaft is covered. That’s why the base ball grip is often used to young golfers and to ladies whose smaller hands occupy less area on the grip, as these players struggle to generate sufficient speed through centrifugal force using their large muscles.

It is important to understand the relative disadvantage behind using the base ball grip in that the use of the LEFT side of the body is limited. Your professional may suggest that you start with the base ball and over time switch into one of the other two grip positions.

2. Interlocking Grip

Interlocking GripAs the name suggests, the locking of the right little finger and left index finger (pointer finger) configures the interlocking grip. Make sure that if you use this grip that your fingers do not go so deep as to force the right – hand grip on the club into the palm rather than the fingers. This would tend to limit your wrist joint mobility.

Golfers who would consider to use this grip would be those who don’t have athletic hands, short fingers, weak in finger strength and who feel the overlap position is less suitable for their hand structure.

3. Overlapping Grip – (Vardon)

Overlapping GripThis grip was introduced by a very famous golfer in Mr. Harry Vardon. He was a man with large fingers and strong hands. With this grip the right little finger overlaps (lies on top) of the left hand index finger (pointer finger) or can also rest along the top of the groove formed between the index and middle fingers of the left hand.

The most popular grip today is the overlapping grip used by many PGA professionals. The most unique advantage with the overlapping grip is that it unites two hands as one unit. Over the years with technology improving, the golfer now can purchase undersize grips or any size grips for that matter to allow the use of this grip.

Summary of Grip

A good grip positions the hands so they work as a unit during the swing. This produces greater club head control and consistency throughout the swing motion along with club face position at impact and is also important to controlling the curvature of the ball flight. An effective grip will also help you to develop the desired timing, often referred to release of the club head through impact generating speed for distance also increase club head control for direction.

Like I said at the start we are all different and I like to suggest that you ask your Professional which grip would be suited for you. Your Professional then can inform you of the correct hand location and pressure points related to your chosen grip option.

The famous golfer Mr. Bobby Jones correctly stated “A correct grip is a fundamental necessity in the golf swing”

Happy Golfing!

Tony Blacker
Australian PGA Member
Indonesian PGA Member
Head Coach Aserra Golf Academy

About Tony Blacker

Tony Blacker is an Australian pro golfer and a master coach of Infinite Golf Academy at Senayan Driving Range. After a solid pro golf carrier in Australia, he decided to move to Indonesia in 2005. Tony Blacker started his pro golf career from the age of 22. This is Tony Blacker personal message to all who wants to learn and coached by him : “I have a strong belief in the positive outcome of punctuality, self motivation and commitment which I adhere to in all aspects of my life and I further pride myself in all tasks undertaken and am open to suggestions and constructive criticism. I enjoy working with all people regardless of colour or race and assisting them in anyway possible. My goal in life is to be happy in everything I undertake.”

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