I often hear people comment on the fact that I talk very little about the grip. I apologize to those who need confirmation that their grip is fine.
My feeling is this. The grip needs to be functional, not perfect to play great golf. If I don’t say anything about your grip it’s because I don’t feel it’s a priority. I may also think that changing your grip early in the learning process will create more tension and take away from more important aspects of developing a better game.
In general, here are a couple of things that I look for in a grip. First, are the hands on the club in a manner which will facilitate a closing club face. I want the grip to enhance a draw of even a hook for all but the best players in the world.
After that, I look to see if the hands are strangling the club, or holding the club in preparation to THROW!!! If the hands are strangling or preparing to lift the club, a change will have to be made. If the hands, wrists and forearms are tense/tight, it will be difficult to swing freely. Your fingers should be holding the club similar to the way your fingers hold a baseball when preparing to throw….
I’ll finish by saying that good training and a correct target perception are far more important than a perfect grip! Getting on the “tracks to success” will often lead to natural adjustments in your grip, without having to make a conscious change.
Don’t grab the club… Prepare to throw the club (without letting go!!!)!!!