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Strong VS Weak Golf Grip

When it comes to the grip it is one of if not the most important aspects towards having a solid and consistent golf swing. Many golfers are not able to get the best out of their game due to grips issues, which then often lead into other swing faults.


Strong Grip

Let’s start with the strong grip first. This is when both hands are too far over to the right (for a right handed golfer). This results in a clubface closing through impact as your hands become too active, usually resulting in a shot missing left of your target. Some players can make it work, however, more often than not it makes the release in the swing much more difficult to control leading to inconsistency in strike and direction.

Weak grip

Moving onto the weak grip, we will see the complete opposite. The golfers hands are too far over to the left, where you will see no knuckles on the left hand and too many on the right hand (again for a right-hander). This makes it almost impossible to be able to release the club properly and in turn prevents the clubface from squaring up through impact. This often causes shots to miss right of your target.

Neutral grip

For most golfers the best way to play more consistent golf is by using a neutral grip. For this you will need to see two knuckles on each hand when you look down. You should also be able to notice a V has formed between the index finger and thumb of your right hand and, if done correctly, should be pointing towards your right shoulder.


However as mentioned above there are players that find it beneficial by using a stronger or weaker grip. For example, if you are someone who struggles with slicing the golf ball, playing around with a slightly stronger grip may help with the closing of the clubface better at impact and visa versa for golfers hitting the ball left too often.


It is important to remember if you are to change your grip slightly either way, it is best to experiment with this at the driving range first before heading onto the course. As even though a grip change sounds quite simple, it can indeed take time to embed and feel comfortable.

Louis Farrelly

Louis Farrelly

Louis Farrelly has over 10 years of coaching experience in the UK, Portugal, and Singapore. He competed in various tournaments and represented Portugal in the 2009 World Golfers Championship. Get to know him here!

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