Golfers who spend hours hitting balls year-round tend to develop a few habits that could potentially destroy their swings. Even the smallest alteration in your grip can change how you swing the club or in some cases even cause injury. Below are the most common grips errors golfers make and the best advice for correcting them.
Grip Mistake 1: The Too Much Grip
When trying to accomplish a move in your golf swing, you may reach for the club with two hands. This habit can cause you to pull the hands or feet around your body, which creates undue stress and fatigue on your body. When trying to keep the body of the club close to your body when you swing, try using the thumbs to tighten your grip.
Grip Mistake 2: The Too Little Grip
The opposite can also be true. If you place the club too far away from your body when you are swinging, you can cause muscles and tendons to tense. This can prevent you from getting a good swing, especially for bigger hitters. To set the club closer to your body, rotate the arms in toward your body and try placing your pinky and ring finger on the handle of the club at about hip height.
Grip Mistake 3: The Finger Tightener
Some golfers don’t know how to loosen up their grip. When you’re on the driving range, practicing or just warming up, try squeezing the wrists and squeezing the hands to loosen the grip. This can help you keep your body in the proper position and relax on the golf course.
Grip Mistake 4: The Toe Tenderizer
Some golfers with a big right toe take too much time and effort to make a swing adjustment. You’re better off just shortening the swing. Many golfers unknowingly begin with a backswing that is too long. You should aim for the ball to move straight and level as soon as you touch it. If you add in a movement from the big toe, you might tighten up your swing, which could cause injuries.
Grip Mistake 5: The Spinner
It’s great to have some momentum going into your swing, but this should be added to the correct swing. Often golfers hit the ball with their hips. However, you’re better off spinning the golf ball instead. This will work best for golfers who have really good club control. This is another habit that can cause injuries to the hands, wrists or arms.
Grip Mistake 6: The Twin Twist
Golfers can confuse their grip with their backswing. Many are unaware that the goal of a good backswing is to rotate the hands and head, which makes the club turn more through the ball. So, the club should go through your hands and the swing should continue through the ball. Instead, many golfers twist the shoulders through the ball and this can cause injuries to the hands and wrists.
Grip Mistake 7: The Puller
Golfers can have too much tug when trying to make a swing adjustment. To avoid pulling your arms through the swing, rotate the wrists, bend the arms and pull through your hands to complete the correct swing.
Grip Mistake 8: The Orgasmic Release
Some golfers don’t release the grip in time to maximize the swing. This can cause excessive movement through the ball and unnecessary stress on the body. To increase the effectiveness of your swing, make sure you’re squeezing the hands and making an adequate turn of the club through the ball.
Grip Mistake 9: The Spinning Trapezoid
Golfers often believe they need a large grip area to make a good swing. However, the right grip is the one that is best for your swing and for your wrists. The larger the area of the grip, the greater the chance that you could actually injure your hands or wrists. If you want to make a few minor swings, hold the club against your forearm or a tree to ensure the grip is the right size.
Grip Mistake 10: The Right And Left Side Grip
Some golfers believe they need to hold the club in a perpendicular position to the right side of their body to get a good swing. But a reverse grip is more effective and should be used to accommodate the right hand or a golfer’s size, type of swing, or swing direction.
Grip Mistake 11: The Neutral Grip
Golfers often try to swing without a wrist flexion by holding the club on the end of the arm. However, this usually leads to injuries to the hands. Golfers should only hold the club by the grip.
Grip Mistake 12: The Overcenter Grip
Golfers often grip the club so much that the ends meet in the middle of the arms. This can lead to a curved swing and injuries to the wrists and arms. To get a good swing, simply grip the club and release.
Grip Mistake 13: The Left And Right Sides Grip
Golfers swing with their opposite hands. This is called a split grip. Many golfers believe that this is a universal stance. But you need to find a split grip that fits your swing. For example, a right-handed golfer must grip the club with the right hand.
Grip Mistake 14: The Narrow Grip
Golfers hold the club too close to the body. If they’re not turning their wrists and pulling through the club, the club will not go through the ball. To allow the club to turn through the ball, loosen up the grip a bit and make a bigger turn of the club through the ball.
Grip Mistake 15: The Long-Grip
Golfers hold the club too long to make a good swing. But an elongated grip is more effective than a long club.