Grip is grasping or holding fast and firmly. Good grip in golf plays an important part as this determines the performance of a golf swing. The hands must firmly hold the golf clubs while swinging it depending on the desired stroke and impact to make.
A good neutral grip is done with the hands placed close to the sides of the club shaft. While preparing to strike the ball, the club-face, the right hand’s palm, and the back of the left hand should face the cup. A neutral grip is found to be difficult to do for some other golfers, but it is actually an ideal grip to hit the ball with a slice or a hook.
Overlapping, also known as the Vardon grip, is the overlaying of the smallest or pinky finger over the pointing finger or middle finger of the left hand;most players do whichever feels comfortable for them. Golfers may also use interlocking grip wherein the smallest finger of the right hand is interlocked with the pointing finger of the left hand to ensure the stable grip on the shaft of the golf clubs. Either technique works well depending on the players’ preference, comfort and size and strength of the hands. The Vardon grip is ideal for those with big and sturdy hands as weak hands will find this grip technique difficult to keep in position while controlling the golf clubs.
A strong grip is said to be the normal way of gripping the club. However, there’s a higher tendency to create a hook when the grip is too strong. A weak grip, on the other hand, prevents the hook but may also tend to slice.
To position a good grip, put the hand on the golf clubs with sufficient pressure instead of putting too much tension because this will affect the swing that you intend to perfect.
Complementary to the grips are the posture and alignment. Alignment means the positioning of the body parallel to the goal. Posture or stance is the positioning of the body parts (feet, knees, hand, shoulders) such as aligning the knees and looking toward the target in order to properly distribute the weight of the body. Let the pelvis rotate freely to 90 degrees. Knees should be flexed instead of bent and the arms must be kept close to the chest when swinging. The position of the legs also change when swinging from address to downswing and to the impact because the golfer tends to push the ground off.
The ability of the upper body to tilt when bending forward is the most important in the posture at address. With the flattened lower back and downward positioning of the pelvis, the tilt that the golfer makes when swinging golf clubs impacts the physical condition of his hip and spine. Learning to moderately move the pelvis and the legs will allow the golfer to deliver the perfect swing and create a healthy drill.
Aiming is also a necessary process to complete the golf swing. This refers to making the club-face and the ball parallel to the target together with the proper stance. Walking around the area and studying the grounds and the path before proceeding to swing is normal especially at the green. However, when aiming the driver, remember to choose a distant object or landmark such as trees which are aligned with the target and always think one shot ahead to determine the appropriate angle and path to your goal. Because an average golfer only hits about 170 to 200 yards, it is essential that they drive down the fairway which can be achieved with proper aiming, posture, alignment and grip to create the best swing.