PGA Golf Instruction: How to grip a golf club strong vs. weak (Beginner and Experienced Golfers)


Hello and welcome. You’ve found David Franks Golf. I don’t have a tagline yet, but this video
is meant to help you with your grip. If you have questions about whether to use
a strong or a weak grip, please see my other video called, “How you should grip the club”. On screen now is a demonstration of a weak
grip with my left hand. I’ll reference a few times throughout the
video the index finger and the thumb creating a “V” and that crease is going to point over
at my left chest. You’ll also notice that the left thumb is
right on top of the grip. I’m going to add my right hand to the grip
and my index finger and thumb of the right hand are going to match up with where my index
finger and thumb were on my left hand and that’s exactly what creates a weak grip. You’re going to see that crease is pointed
in a similar direction. Those V’s match up close to my left chest
or possibly my sternum. The reason it’s called a weak grip is that
both hands are rotated fairly far to the left on the club and that gives me a hard time
closing the face or rotating my hands any further to the left through impact. Now as I continue on I’m going to remove my
right hand from the grip and I’m going to rotate my left hand further to the right. This is called strengthening your grip. This gives you more leverage closing the club
face through impact, so as I rotate my hand over there and get situated on the grip you’re
going to now see that same “V” where the index finger and the thumb are going to point over
toward my right shoulder. Another couple of things to notice are the
knuckles: The index finger knuckle and the middle finger knuckle of my left hand are
both visible from this vantage point. That’s a good reference, that’s a popular
reference to see where your grip is. As I place my right hand on the grip, I’m
also going to situate that in such a place where the index finger and the thumb are going
to point over towards my right shoulder as well. Again, those V’s match regardless of which
grip I’m going to use. Both hands rotated further to the right like
this makes it easier for me to close the club face through impact. I’m now going to remove my right hand from
the grip again and I’m going to show you where that club is situated in my hand. As I rotate my hand toward the camera you
can see a little bit better. We’re going to see that the club is more in
my fingers than up in my palm. The club shaft and the grip there are nowhere
near the lifeline of my left hand. A lot of people grip it up there because it
feels comfortable, but it’s going to act like a splint and not allow your wrists to hinge
the right way throughout the swing so make sure it’s down there below this fleshy pad. I’m going to point to that with my finger
in a moment. We really want to make sure that that fleshy
pad there is going to be on top of the grip again, so your wrists can hinge properly throughout
the swing. I’m now going to show you how the two hands
interact together. The first thing I’m going to do is take the
lifeline of my right hand and I’m going to situate it right on top of my left thumb up
near my top knuckle and the base of my wrist with my right hand, top knuckle of my left
hand and the base of my wrist with the right hand are going to make contact and I’m going
to get that nice and snug so that thumb fits nicely in the lifeline and then I’m going
to close my fingers around it so you’re going see my right hand doesn’t have a lot of direct
contact with the grip. It’s really down in the fingers, but there
is a snugness to it where those fit together with very few gaps and that’s exactly what
gives you a nice snug grip to use and I close my thumb there, create that index finger and
the thumb and that “V” is going to point in whichever direction we decide is going to
be appropriate for you. Lastly, what to do with that pinky. A lot of people will overlap it and that means
they are just going to rest it on top of their left index finger as I’m demonstrating now. You also have the option to interlock those
two, you’re index finger of your left hand and your pinky finger of your right hand. You’re going to see this fewer times on tour,
but it’s still out there. Whichever is more comfortable for you is fine. Neither has any bearing on performance, just
a comfort thing. The positioning of your hands rotated left
or right is really what gives you the performance of a grip. So hopefully this was helpful for you. If it was, I’d love to hear about it. If it wasn’t and it could be better in some
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to put your swing on video, we can work that out if you contact me. So again, David Franks Golf. I still can’t think of a tagline but it’s
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4 Responses

  1. Core52 Rivas

    August 22, 2017 6:45 pm

    Very good video. I have played golf for only 6 years now and have pretty much played with a strong grip. Which I like. However alot of misses to the left and right have been happening. I noticed recently that when I grip the club like I do, close the clubface at address. I experimented yesterday with trying to open clubface and then gripping the club and the results were alot better. However I'm struggling with the concept. How can I grip the club strong and keep the face open/squared at address?


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