Curing A Golf Slice - The Golf Grip

Curing A Golf Slice - The Golf Grip

OK. Now that we have ourselves properly aligned we need now to put the golf club in our hands and discuss the golf grip and what role it plays when it comes to getting rid of the golf slice that you have.

The traditional type of golf grip will have the thumb of your left hand down the shaft of the club.

The area between your left index finger and your left thumb that forms a ‘V’ shape should have the point of the ‘V’ pointed back up toward your right shoulder.

Your right hand should wrap over your left with your left thumb coming to rest in the palm of your right hand. The ‘V’ created with your right thumb and index finger should also be pointing toward your right shoulder.

Essentially, with this grip, if someone is standing directly across from golf grip you they would be able to see the first two knuckles of your left hand (your index finger and your middle finger knuckle).

In the picture to the right, the student's right hand is rolled under slightly out of the way to demonstrate the two knuckles of the left-hand golf grip.

As far as grip pressure goes, probably the best description of proper golf grip pressure that I have ever heard (from one of the best - Sam Snead) was to hold the golf club as though you were holding a small bird. Firm enough that bird cannot fly away, yet not so firm as to harm the bird. A good analogy.

I don’t know if that is helpful for you, but I have always remembered it and thought it was a good way to describe your golf grip pressure.

When it comes to the grip and curing your golf slice the common mistake with the grip is to have what is termed as a weak grip.

By that, I am not referring to the pressure of your grip, rather the positioning of your hands. A weaker grip will have your left hand rotated in a manner that has the ‘V’ we discussed pointing more toward your left shoulder instead of your right. The illustration to the left is a bit of an over-exaggeration just to show you the direction of the rotation of the hands and hence where the 'V's' are pointing more toward the right shoulder. 

When your grip is set up this way a couple of things occur during the execution of your golf swing.

First, the clubface will have a tendency to open a contact, and secondly, as you contact the ball you will not be able to get as much rotation of your hands which will have the effect of not getting the clubface to begin to close as you pass through the golf shot. This causes not only to impart a slice spin upon the ball but if your swing path hasn’t compensated for this you’ll get the direction going right with the arcing flight of the ball taking it even further to the right.

Let’s talk about putting your golf stance, and your golf grip, together with some basic swing mechanics and get that golf slice under control with your swing mechanics next.