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How To Adjust Your Grip To Make Better Chip Shots In Golf

Many instructors will argue that good swing technique is all in the grip. That’s why we’ve looked into what constitutes good grip and found out how you can attain it.

Making your club an extension of your arms

A strong grip will inevitably result in a better chip shot because it makes it more difficult for the clubface to turn during the up- or downswing. This means the clubface does its job without any manipulation from your swing. It also prevents you from scooping the ball, because the stronger your grip, the more stable the club remains all throughout.

Momentum in your swing

Having both hands firmly gripped around the club will help you to build up your swing. This will be discussed more in detail below; but for now, just make sure you your grip is firm. Your hands should also be holding the club nice and high. Many golfers make the mistake of gripping the handle too low in hopes of adjusting themselves to the ball. Rather adjust your knees and your feet and let a high grip be your gauge for how and where you should stand.

The five fingers of grip

When you grip your club, you’ll notice that five of your ten fingers are dedicated to the actual gripping of the club handle. These five fingers are your left hand pinkie, ring, and middle finger. On your right hand, they are your index and middle finger. When gripping your club, make sure that these five fingers are wrapped nice and tight to prevent slipping of any sort.

The five fingers of control

The rest of your fingers also have a function; your two thumbs, right hand ring finger and pinkie, and your left’s index finger. These are not to be as tight as the other five as they lend your grip control and manoeuvrability. You’ll notice that when you take your upswing, these fingers have a hand in flexing with your wrist. On the downswing, they will also play a part in directing the movement of your club.

Do a few slow dummy swings and take note of how each hand and finger functions. Make adjustments wherever necessary and get into the habit of gripping your club properly every time. After a few drills, it’ll become second nature.