HOW TO GRIP A GOLF CLUB – WHAT DOES THE RIGHT HAND DO?

HOW TO GRIP A GOLF CLUB – WHAT DOES THE RIGHT HAND DO?


– Welcome back to Naples, Florida. I’m Adam Bazalgette, two-time PGA Teacher of the
Year award winner down here, and founder of Scratch Golf Academy. Today we’re gonna talk about
how to grip a golf club but specifically the right hand. You don’t hear as much
about the right hand. Stay tuned. (dramatic upbeat music) Okay, so the right hand grip. Let’s have a look at it here. Now let me just say at the outset, there’s been a few good
players over the years, more than a few really, that didn’t have the best
looking right hand grips. So it’s doable. But I believe a really good one can help you play better golf. Bruce Lietzke always
had sort of a funny grip for such a great ball striker. And then you may remember Ed Fiori, couple of decades ago. He was known as the grip. That was his nickname on tour. And it was really both hands, but he had an odd right hand. But what is a deluxe
right hand grip look like? What does it do? Well is does four things that we’re gonna talk about a little bit. It helps you apply pressure at impact, helps you compress the ball. It should generally work
in a harmonious fashion with the left hand. It can certainly help
the hinging of the club and as I’ll show you, it helps support the golf club
throughout the back swing. Especially up here at the
top of the back swing. Let’s have a close-up look at this grip. So as we look at the right hand, remember the arm comes into
the club at a diagonal line. Some people try to go on straight on. Just go in at a natural angle. And this lifeline here between
the two large muscle pads, that fits up against the
back of this left thumb, and it should just fit
there nice and naturally. This helps create a scenario where the two hands are
working nicely together. And it also helps this right hand feel a good push at impact. Or at least support the shaft at impact. A lot of golfers get this
pad up above the left thumb. You’re never going to have
a very good push at impact when you do that. Okay. So the other two things the
right hand has to help with, is hinging the club a little bit and also supporting the club
throughout the golf swing. Let’s have a close-up look at the pitfalls and the things you should be
doing to help you do that. So how are we going to achieve that? Well the right hand should have a little bit of a trigger finger, that’s to say a very slight gap here between thumb and forefinger. Such as you would pulling
the trigger of a gun. And if you can do that
with that diagonal look, and you can avoid extending the thumb, that’s a real no-no when you do that, you’re going to have a
pretty darn good grip. So trigger finger, natural look for the thumb, not extended, and you’ll find when you look at that, that really gives this some support. It creates a nice seam where
the club is under control and its a beautiful position to play from. Now here’s a little drill for you. If you take a pen and put it under these
two fingers on this hand and grip it this way and
just bring your thumb down, it really helps you feel the
correct sort of a look here with that right hand. Just fit that on. Feel the same thing again
without an extended thumb and you’re going to be in great position to support the club and a great position to
create some hinging motion there with that right forefinger. Now just look at the
top of the back swing. How much control I have over the shaft and I have a good grip. If I had a loose grip with a long thumb, not nearly the control
and support of the shaft. With good control I can let
the club load coming down. With poor control and movement in the club it often results in an attempt
to grab it and gain control, which only throws the wrists early. So as we conclude then, remember it always looks natural when someone has a
perfect right hand grip. They don’t stretch the thumb. They don’t fight under here. They just slide that lifeline
up against that finger and just take control of the club like so. You’ll see about an equivalent length between the bottom of the thumb, and this knuckle on that
hand when you look down. It just goes in there naturally and it gives you great control and will help you be
a better ball striker. Well I hope you found that helpful. Please subscribe to the
channel if you liked it. We’ve got lots of content
and lots more coming we hope. ScratchGolfAcademy.com is my website. Where all the content is. Got a course here for
you to take advantage of on adding distance. Either way, I hope this helps you
with your right hand grip and I hope you hit some
better shots as a result. Thanks again. (dramatic upbeat music) (mouse clicking) (mouse clicking) (mouse clicking)

19 thoughts on “HOW TO GRIP A GOLF CLUB – WHAT DOES THE RIGHT HAND DO?

  1. I just found Adam's channel, after a quick look it looks really good. There is a lot of online advise for golfers, unfortunately it's not all is good.I am looking forward to see what he's got to offer.

  2. what do you do with the little fingers intertwined or lay the one on top of the other? thank you for your Website. very helpful .

  3. At setup, fingers of the right hand look down to feet. But they do not with very strong grip and long woods. Is it correct my understanding?

  4. Hi….great tips. My grip seems good, but I hit a hook. The ball starts out straight, but fades left. I've been told that I rotate my right hand and this is what causes the hook. How can I fix this? Thanks!!

  5. Hi Adam. I've just recently found your website/youtube videos and I think your instruction is excellent. You're very easy to follow and you present your material wonderfully. A question if you please: I'm a left handed golfer. I was an over-swinger but have done well with correcting that. However, I have a terrible problem with my left hand disconnecting from from my right thumb on my backswing. I once thought that it was due to my left elbow 'flying out' which pulled on my left hand. Yet with even a shortened swing and keeping my left elbow pointing more downwards, I still notice sometimes my left hand pulls off my right thumb. I have mimicked you grip position, tried weak, strong and for the life of me cannot figure out why my hand does this. I'll even take a slow 3/4 swing and feel my hand (just the palm) come off the grip. I know there are times when I actually re-grip on the downswing which of course leads to inconsistent ball striking. I'm an 8 hcp but when this problem sets in it really wrecks havoc on my game. Any ideas as to what causes the trail hand to separate from the lead thumb?

  6. Hey Adam I have a question. On the takeaway of your backswing, do you feel a lose trigger finger grip in right hand (medium amounts of play between trigger finger and thumb) that causes the club to lag on your downswing? Or is your grip in both hands firm where there is no play at all?

  7. I have a very under the club right hand grip, and utilize my right thumb as the main stabilizer of my club throughout my club. As can be noted from my grips, there is a heavy wear spot on almost all my club on the top right side of my grip from my right thumb. It looks like form this video I need to work on transferring some of that control to my right index finger and allow my thumb to sit on the top left side of the club.

  8. i was holding the club in the palm of my left hand. just placing it in the fingers made ALL the difference. the right hand is never really an issue, the right elbow tho…

  9. Yes! It’s something ppl definitely overlook! I found I wasn’t holding the club correctly with my right hand!

  10. Adam, do you have a picture that details where the club lies across the fingers/hand for the left and right hand?

  11. Wow, I think the tip with the trigger finger has really helped me create more hinge and support at the top! I think my right hand grip has been my problem for a long time , thanks soo much Adam!

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