Did you know there are three types of grip that are commonly taught? They are the baseball grip, the overlap grip, and the interlock grip. Regardless of the grip you adopt, you will either have a weak grip, a neutral grip, or a strong grip.

I can hear you all say “well, which one is right for me?” The best answer to that is the grip that you feel most comfortable in is the correct one, assuming you are hitting the ball with consistency you want. Remember this is your only connection with the golf club so you better get it right to produce the consistent shots you desire.

Baseball Grip

The Baseball Grip, also known as the Ten Finger Grip, is the one most teachers would encourage juniors or people with small hands to use when beginning their golf career. For right-handed golfers, your left hand is nearer the end of the club and the trail hand is your right hand; for lefties, it’s the other way around. The essence to the baseball grip is that there is no overlap or interlock between the hands; they simply nestle against each other. It’s very important to have no spaces or gaps with this grip and that all the fingers touch the grip.

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Overlap Grip

The Overlap Grip is also sometimes referred to as the Vardon Grip after the great Harry Vardon who used this grip back in the day. This is the most common grip used by the golf population and the one I recommend to most students. With this grip the pinkie on the trail hand simply sits on top of the index finger of the top hand.

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Interlock Grip

The Interlock Grip is the one the great Jack Nicklaus used in his prime and therefor the one I was taught by my dad because anything Jack did was gospel! This is also popular with many top golfers including the current Masters Champ, Tiger Woods. With this style, the pinkie of the trail hand forms a cross with the top index finger and really bonds the hands together snugly.