There are three general styles that people hold a golf club. There is the Baseball Grip, Vardon Grip, and the Interlocking Grip. I seem many people default to the baseball grip. This grip can tend to lead to fat shots and poor form because one feels they should swing the club like a baseball bat. I personally default to the Interlocking grip because it seemed to be the most common at the time. Many people use the Vardon Grip as well. The important thing is to become comfortable with the grip and understand the best way to use it. Just holding a golf club with a grip does not mean you will successfully hit a shot. It does mean that you are one, of many, steps closer though.
The two main videos that I focused on for trying to find the best approach for my grip style are these two.
Without getting too much in to swing technique, I chose to go with the strong grip over the soft grip. Paul Wilson’s grip guide is nice but I didn’t seem to get as much power as I would have liked from my shots. Also if I happened to hit fat, duffing behind the ball, my shot was severely limited in distance. Shawn Clement’s strong grip was more effective in properly forming my swing and follow through to get more power from my shot. Shawn’s reasoning seemed more logical too. I don’t know too many tennis players or baseball players that hit for power with a soft grip.
Important Point To Take Away
Determine your golf style, avoiding baseball grip if possible. Practice the grip and feel comfortable with it. Comfort is an important factor with Golf. If you do not feel comfortable in a shot, you will most likely fail the shot.