In order to achieve an incredible swing in golf, one ought to know the right way of holding the golf club. There are various ways to grip or swing the golf club depending on your own preference and focusing on the best way to hold the club is the key variable that distinguishes between a professional golf swing and an amateur type of a swing.
In golf, the slightest shift in the position of your hands will be a tremendous determinant on whether the ball flies into the woods or nicely finishes off in the mid-fairway. The basic golf grips that are common to all golf players include; the overlapping grip, the interlocking grip, and the baseball grip.
However, each of the grips is very unique coming with its own pros and cons. In this case, we are going to majorly look into the baseball grip which is otherwise referred to as the ten-finger golf grip.
How to do a 10 finger golf grip (baseball grip)
As the name suggest it is held with all the fingers in contact with the golf club in a similar way in which baseball players hold a baseball bat. The positioning on the golf club will be different depending on whether you are either a right-handed or left-handed golf player.
- In order to grip the golf club securely, have your left hand wrapped under the golf club while the fingers are positioned over the club. This way, the club will be resting right where the palm intersects with the fingers while the left thumb will be somehow pointed straight down alongside the length of the club towards the club head.
- After your left hand is in position, bring the right one underneath the golf club ensuring that your right pinky finger is in comfortable contact with the left index finger.
- Proceed by tightening your grip upon the top of the club in such a way that the right portion of your left palm finally rests on the top of the left thumb. Right after you are able to undertake this procedure, the right thumb should be pointed slightly towards the left-of-center as the left the left thumb points slightly right-of-center
- While swinging, ensure that you are rotating your forearms – in the same way, you would do with an ideal baseball bat – until the behind of your forearm faces up following the final impact. This will come in handy ensuring that the club head turns through to help with the draw. Though it may not work for everyone, the concept behind this is to have a forearm-rotating and a full swing. You will strike the ball solidly if you follow through.
Recommendations for the 10 finger golf grip
One of the most interesting things about the baseball or ten-finger golf grips lies in the fact that it is very simple to comprehend and also duplicate. For this reason, many golf instructors often recommend the baseball grip exclusively for beginners.
Other golfers who will be well suited with the ten-finger golf grip are children, female golfers, and senior golfers. It is strongly believed that the baseball grip usually creates the possibility of a golfer getting greater leverage compared to the other golf grips.
As much as many experienced golf players avoid the baseball grip, beginners may find it very easy to use before they advance to the next level.
This kind of grip will give a beginner the feeling of being in control and making better swings. Another fact about the ten-finger golf grip is that it is recommended for people who tend to have smaller hands.
Additionally, unlike in baseball where the club is held in the palm, the ten-finger grip allows a very significant whipping action on impact since the club is held within the fingers. There are other professional golfers like Bob Estes and Scott Piercy who still prefer this type of grip.
Advantages of the 10 finger golf grip:
- Offers better contact with the ball and with the ten-finger grip you will notice that you strike the ball more solidly
- The ten-finger grip also gives impressive results when it comes to sand wedge shots which are higher with an exceptional backspin
- This type of grip will give you more distance and leverage.
- The grip will help you gain more release through the area of impact.
- Gives more power to the shot.
- Easy to master and use especially, among children, female, senior or golfers with weak and smaller hands.
Disadvantages of the 10 finger golf grip
1. Gives too much power to the right hand.
As much as it might feel powerful when you throw your right hand towards the ball, in case the right hand tends to overpower the left one then you are at a high risk of losing the power of the shot or even hitting shots that are crooked.
It is advisable that both the left and right hands be involved in the hitting the ball and this is usually practical by overlapping or interlocking your grip.
2. Hands tend to fall out of sync.
It is important to understand that it is not only fundamental to hit the ball hard but also have your hands fire with a similar sequence and equal amplitude. When making a hit, the club should be delivered into the hitting area with the left hand and arm closely followed by the right arm delivering more power towards the target line.
3. Causes loss of power.
The ten-finger grip usually feels more powerful since all the right-hand fingers are on the golf club which is not quite true as it turns out at the end. A grip that offers sufficient power is one that marries both hands together basically achieved by interlocking or overlapping.
Your hands are prone to splitting during a swing and that is why power is likely to dissipate during if you are using a ten-finger grip. In other words, for this grip, hands will be working against each other.