The Top Hand Golf Grip Position

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

8 Responses to “The Top Hand Golf Grip Position”

  1. December 9, 2012

    WooseokChung

    Hi Paul,

    I have a problem with my left thumb.
    I try to keep a short thumb, but it is hard to keep it throughout the swing.
    Also, on the top of the back swing, the club sits on my left thumb, pushing my thumb down and separating it from my palm.
    when I try to keep the short thumb and keep my thumb together with my palm, I get really tight in my arms.

    Question:
    1. what’s the left thumb position at the top?
    2. Should I keep short thumb position throughout the swing?
    2. Should I keep my left thumb and palm together throughout the swing?

    Thank you~

    • Paul Wilson

      December 9, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Wooseok,

      I want the thumb against the side of the hand so the grip sits across the palm. If this tightens your arms I am okay with this at first until you loose the wrists. Doing the perfect grip is important and takes time. If you are placing the left hand on the club as I suggest then keep doing it. While on work on the hinging the wrists going back.

      Watch:

      Left Hand: http://ignitiongolf.com/left-hand-grip

      And:

      3 Ways to Set The Top of the Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/backswing-top-3-ways

      Answers:

      1. The left thumb is pointing toward your right ear at and approximate angle of 90 degrees to your forearm.

      2. I don’t refer to it a short or long thumb. A short thumb creates too much curvature of the thumb. The long thumb creates the gap between the thumb and side of the hand. Take the back off your left hand. Have it facing up. Move the thumb against the side of the hand. Move onto the grip of the club with the thumb slightly right of center. Then wrap your fingers around the grip. If your thumb is slightly right of center and you see 2 knuckles it is in perfect position. I shot a tip on this that I will be posting soon.

      3. The left thumb stays against the side of the hand throughout the swing. I am certainly not squeezing it hard. Just feel it against the side of the hand. Place the hand on as I suggest. Then work on the top of the backswing wrist hinge.

      Keep at it. The grip is tricky but if you keep working on it it gets easier.

  2. December 1, 2013

    HansooKim

    Hey Paul,

    It’s been about 4 months since I started listening to your tips, and my game has been improving significantly.

    for the past couple of weeks in particular, i’ve been hitting longer, straighter than ever.

    But then a few days ago, my grip started to feel a bit weird. a little off place.

    To be more specific, it was in the area of my left hand, around the area below my little finger. it felt as if the grip on my club just could not find the right spot. as if …there was a small gap there that began to show up, causing my wrist to cup quite a bit at the top of the backswing.

    anyways, my question is,

    1. does something like this happen? i mean, is it possible that a player can ‘lose’ his grip? even though he practices everyday?

    2. i feel quite secure with my other fingers/palm, but for some reason, the grip in the area below my little finger feels very insecure. shaky even. am i doing something wrong?

    thanx always.

    • Paul Wilson

      December 1, 2013

      Paul Wilson

      Hansoo,

      Glad you are improving. That’s great news.

      Right now you are having a minor set back. You should be checking the grip daily. If your grip is getting into this position with this gap you need to understand the grip a little more because this should never happen.

      The gap is telling you that you are not holding the club across your palm as I suggest. Your club is too much in the palm so the pad of the top hand is not on the club. In other words it is running along your lifeline too much. The lifeline splits the pad and the fleshy part of the thumb. If you hold it on this line it will not be secure. Now, I don’t want you holding it in your fingers either. I want it from your first knuckle across the pad. You should be getting this by squeezing the thumb against the side of your hand then placing it on the club. I don’t want people looking under trying to figure out where this hand runs. If the gap is squeezed and you see 2 knuckles it should be perfect. If not, make sure the pad of the left hand is on the club.

      You can also try eliminating the gap between the thumb and side of the hand then placing the thumb on the club straight down the grip. Then gently turn it right until you can see the 2 knuckles. In doing so there should be some of the pad of the left hand on the grip of the club.

  3. Paul
    Do you have a clip that shows were the club rests in the palm from the top of the shaft?

  4. September 22, 2014

    JaredMerriman

    If you have a gap between the thumb and hand during your swing what effect does it have?

    • Paul Wilson

      September 22, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Jared,

      This is a serious grip flaw. It puts the rubber grip parallel to the knuckles. If so, it can cause you to over-cup it at the top of the backswing. With my grip it is next to impossible to over-cup at the top so please try to do my grip:

      How To Stop Over-Cupping At The Top of the Backswing: http://ignitiongolf.com/stop-over-cupping-at-top/

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