The Pines Country Club

Tips from Russell Reid

Tee it up to hit it straighter

No I don’t mean use a tee in the fairway, or even on the tee box - but sliding a tee between your thumb and forefinger on both hands may be just what your game has been missing. Having a proper grip is one of the most basic fundamentals of golf, and is certainly the #1 corrected fault. Now the big question: what is a proper grip, or even better, how do I achieve it? Like I said, use a tee. A proper grip is simply getting both hands to be parallel to each other on the grip. There are 3 basic ways to hold the club.

1. Ten Finger or Baseball Grip – All ten fingers are on the club. (Usually used by juniors or players with small hands)

2. Overlap or Vardon Grip – Named after Harry Vardon, the pinky finger on the bottom hand overlaps the forefinger on the top hand. (The most popular grip. Primarily used to help keep the hands more connected than the ten finger grip)

3. Interlocking Grip – The pinky finger on the bottom hand interlocks with the forefinger of the top hand. (Usually used by people with long, skinny fingers)

All 3 are good grips that will produce straight golf shots, but all 3 must strive to be parallel in nature, with the club resting in the fingers and not the palms.

To find out if you indeed have parallel hands, simply take two tees  and put them between your thumbs and forefingers. The tees should line up parallel; but more often than not you'll find your tees are actually opposite each other, indicating that your hands are working against, rather than with one another.

Your hands should ideally be able to rotate the same amount both on the back swing and the down swing, but with your hands in this opposite position, they will fight for dominance, one wanting to rotate a lot in one direction, and the other in the opposite. By lining up your tees, you will line your hands up as well, bringing you closer and closer to being more consistent with your club face and straighter shots.