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The Perfect Golf Grip (1 Finger Test)

The Perfect Golf Grip (1 Finger Test)


Eric Cogorno here with Performance Golf Zone,
and today, we’re here to talk about the perfect golf grip. I’m going to show you what the perfect golf
grip is and the top things you need to look for if your golf grip is off. So, let’s talk about the perfect golf grip. Now, this is going to be for a right-handed
golfer. Obviously, we have two hands that go on the
club, and where both of them sit on the club is tremendously important. The grip is your only attachment to the club. Your hands on the club is the only thing that
connects you to the golf club, so where you position your hands is tremendously important. So, let’s go over what a neutral grip would
be first. I’ll give you some reference points. We’ll start simple, and then kind of work
our way through it. So, if I were to take my normal grip, that
would look something like this. Now, some reference points here before we
get into the details of how you put your hands on. A lot of the things people will look for would
be the Vs. So, the first V that I’m looking for and what
the V is, is between my index finger and my thumb on my hand, where that line would point
up forever, and that would be the indicator of grip strength. So, I have that on my left hand, and then
when I put my right hand on, I still have the same thing. So, the V between my thumb and my index finger
in that pad, where that points up here in space, is an indicator of grip strength. Now, if we’re talking a neutral or normal
grip, which would give you normal club face alignments, I would like those Vs to be pointed
between your chin, if I drew a straight line up, the right side of my chin and about my
shoulder, so anywhere in this territory of my body. If those Vs were there, which would look like
this, that would be what we would consider a neutral grip. A neutral grip doesn’t require any sort of
manipulation of anything to make the club face square, all else equal. That would be neutral. Now, a weak grip would be the second portion
that we see, and that would be if your hands on the club are rotated counter-clockwise
too much, so too far this way. And what that would look like would be like
this. So now, if my hands were from here as normal,
and then I go counter-clockwise and rotate them too far this way, so that will be a common
look for a lot of you, now my Vs would be pointed more to the left. The weak grip with the Vs, the same thing,
between my thumb and my index finger, is now pointed between my chin and my left shoulder
from my left hand, and my right-hand Vs, between my thumb and my index finger, again are pointed
more to the left here compared to my neutral grip. That would make the club face too open. Now, all else equal, if I made my normal swing,
that’s going to produce a club face that’s too open. I’d have to do some other things to manipulate
the club face from there. A lot of you guys who slice, that’s something
you want to make sure you look for. That would be a weak grip, and then a strong
grip would be the opposite. I’d take my hands, I’d rotate them now clockwise. They would be turned this way more on the
club. So, what would that look like? Well, now I have my Vs here. Now those Vs, again, are pointed much more
to the right compared to normal, at or to the right of my shoulder with both my right
hand and my left hand. That would be the first part you would look
at for a grip and strength, would be where your Vs are at. A couple other reference points with just
neutral grips, and we’ll talk about where it should go in your hands. So, the second part we’ll see then, that you
can reference from your face-on point, is the amount of knuckles you see. So, on a normal left-hand grip, I can see
two knuckles here from my point of view. If I were to go into a weaker grip pattern,
now I can’t see either one of these two knuckles. I can see zero knuckles. With a stronger grip pattern, I can see three
knuckles, sometimes up to four knuckles, depending upon how strong that I would grip. How many knuckles you see could show you grip
strength. What are you looking for? Probably two. Two knuckles would be about normal, from a
normal point of view for you from your left hand. That would be one other reference point that
you would use from here. And the same thing can hold true for fingernails
on your right hand. So, if I went with a super-weak grip here
on my right hand, I can see no fingernails on my right hand from my point of view. With a neutral grip, I can start to see a
couple, and from a really strong grip, now I can see all three there, like that. So, that’s another reference point some people
use. That’s the first part you want with your grip,
is just, is it strong, is it weak, is it neutral. If you have club face or direction control
problems, you need to look here first for building your foundation. If you struggle with the ball to the right,
make sure your grip’s not too weak. You can strengthen that to help that. So, that would be the first part I’m always
looking at for a grip. And then, the second part, and the biggest
issue that I see here is with the lead hand, or the left hand for a right-handed golfer,
is where the heel pad sits. So, the heel pad, the fleshy part on the heel
of your hand, where that sits on the golf club has a big impact on a lot of things,
specifically your ability to hinge the club. So, when I take a normal grip, I like to set
the club… So, some people say they want to have it sort
of diagonal across your hands. I like to have it more straight down 90 degrees. Imagine you were going to pick something up,
like a suitcase or a handle on something. I would pick that up, an object this way,
I would pick that up just straight 90 degrees in my hand, like so. That’s how I want to grip the club. I wouldn’t pick that up across my fingers
and hold it, right? So, I want that to be basically straight down
my hand here, 90 degrees, and I want this heel pad to sit on top of the club. So, my heel pad’s on top, I’m basically straight
down 90 degrees, and that would be my normal grip. Now I have control of the club. What I see, often, is the heel pad’s too far
on the side, on the left side of the club here, like so, and when I grip it from there,
now my grip on the club is too much in my palm. I don’t have control of that. I can’t hinge the club there. My club face is going to be too far open. You’re going to hit the ball to the right
with this sort of grip. You want to make sure that heel pad goes from
on the side to on top. It’ll feel like it’s a little bit more in
your fingers than normal if you have a weak grip. And now, I really have control of the club. You should be able to control the club with
just your index finger if you put your heel pad on top. I take my three fingers off here and just
have my index finger, I should be able to control the club here with just that one finger
if my heel pad’s on top. That’s what I’m looking for. If my heel pad’s on the side, I can’t even
pull the club up in there. If I take those three fingers off, my heel
pad’s on the side, I can’t even hinge the club at all. I have no control of it. So, heel pad on top is probably the most important
piece. You want the club going straight down 90 degrees,
and then you want to check those Vs and those fingernails. So, that would be the perfect grip. The perfect grip would be, heel pad on top,
club straight down 90 degrees, both of my Vs would be between my chin and my right shoulder,
I can see about two knuckles on my left hand, and I can see about two of my fingernails
on my right hand. So, that’s the perfect golf grip there. I hope that that makes sense, everybody. If you liked this video, please click the
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Comments (27)

  1. Here's how to strike your irons pure every time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oaTrNVRQ2I

  2. Just an fyi from a 70 year old who learned the Tommy Armour grip* as a youngster. Those last three fingers of my left hand are now shot. If I try to grip something small, those fingers painfully pop out of joint. I now use the diagonal method, heel pad on top, which affords a very light finger grip. Additionally, the diagonal method is conducive to the club lining up with the arm plane through impact (width), which is what the club wants to do. The square method is not.

    *"How To Play Your Best Golf All The Time", by Tommy Armour
    page 50 "club is placed at the roots of the fingers of the left hand, and the fingers closed snugly against the grip."
    page 55 "Note how the last three fingers (of the left hand) make a firm coupling with the club. This is absolutely essential and must not be relaxed. (emphasis added)

  3. My only problem is their is no PERFECT golf grip just like their is no perfect swing. Their is my swing your swing his/her swing just like a grip their is weak for some ppl strong for some overlap for some ten fingers for some interlock for other.

  4. This is the first clear explanation and illustration with the three key elements of a grip. Although I am a leftie so right is left and left is right for me in your clip it was very helpful as I tend to pull my shots and a reminder to check these points. Of course still have to check club and hand path and if the club has a significant offset then compensating for that but getting the grip right first is so helpful. Presumably one way to compensate for an offset is a slightly weaker grip?

  5. where did you find those awesome GP MMC grips?

  6. Eric, you are one of the best instructional video teachers online. Wouldn't you rather be in Florida year round? I want to work with you for 1 year. I bet anything I would be a scratch golfer.

  7. I like that the entire video is dedicated to setup – a lot of instruction I see is based on "trying" to do things with the hands – you do not make this mistake which I appreciate. Setup is 90% of the swing.

    In addition, it would be beneficial to show the position and alignment of the hands at contact so that people would have a better idea of what they are trying to achieve. I would suggest a clear way to indicate that would be to show the direction of the right palm at contact – at the target and behind the shaft.

  8. On many of my swings I am sure I have a good neutral grip with a square clubface but during the swing the club has a tendency to close and I pull quite a few shots.  I'll look at the club and say to myself…that is not the way I gripped this club!  The other day I got a new white golf glove and noticed black marks on my left heel pad below the left thumb indicating slippage.  Any ideas how to fix this?

  9. Thank you that helped a lot

  10. Why does he start wobbling back and forth whenever he touches the club?

  11. I liked the video but missed a few details. Are the 2 thumbs lined up when you overlaying? What’s the technique? Wha bout the grip pressure, which fingers hold it and how?

  12. Excellent instruction video. You're making my job much easier. I simply have my students watch your videos. You know how it is, I don't particularly like explaining the basics. I don't have the patience anymore. Thanks to you I can just say. Watch this! Thanks for your service!

  13. Good information, but camera too far away especially when talking about where it sits in your fingers

  14. Great, clear & simple explanation of the correct grip. The example of the fingernails on the trailing hand is awesome. A lot of vids just tell u to place it over your lead thumb and the V position. But looking for how many fingernails are showing, is a great relation to how many knuckles are shown on the lead hand.
    Also the placement of the thick pad of the leading hand makes way more sense than other videos.
    Fantastic!

  15. May i have a question? To compress the ball, at setup the handle is to be inside of the left leg,i.e the shaft is more leaning forward and then i find that my right V points somewhere more to the left… Unless i change the right wrist to very strong…How is that?

  16. Thank you. Perfect demonstration of a neutral (correct) golf grip and what to look out for if your ball flight path is left or right as a result.

  17. I like the video, very helpful. Do you have one that includes the right hand position and placement? Thanks.

  18. Well all I can say is that this has to be the best explained video on how to take the golf grip i have seen on YouTube well done buddy

  19. Great video but one suggestion. Zoom in on the hand when you talk about club placement.

  20. Using the wrong grip can destroy your game

  21. Weak grip send the ball to right and strong grip send the ball to left….So neutral is best?

  22. Helpful video but plz zoom in

  23. Needed to zoom closer to hands. Couldn’t see

  24. 1,000th Like woohoo!!!!

  25. You talk too much , show more with a close-up …..

  26. Very well done. Great speaking voice and so smooth in delivering the information. Don't put the sun to your back. Have it shine on you for better lighting. Do your video on a cloudy day for a better visual result. Thanks again.

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