A quality grip is a grip that places the handle in the fingers and NOT in the palms of your hands. When the grip is placed in the fingers, there is optimal leverage and control from the hands and wrists. The position of the thumbs on the grip is very important as well. The thumbs should be placed off center with your top thumb in back of center and your bottom thumb forward of center. The focal point to key on when checking your grip is the letter V. The line formed between the thumb and the fore finger forms a V which should be pointed at the trailing shoulder. The slogan we have at The Classic Swing Golf School is “match up the V’s.”
It does not matter if you overlap, interlock, or use the eight finger baseball grip. Grip style is your preference. There is no consensus as to which grip type is most “correct” when holding the club. Comfort should guide your preference and style is unique to the individual, but “palms facing one another” is the general rule to follow when placing your hands on the grip. The responsibility of your hands in the golf swing is to control the club face.
A strong grip is when both hands are rotated counterclockwise or too far to the right. A weak grip is when both hands are rotated clockwise or too far to the left. Finally, a neutral grip is with both hands centered, and thumbs just off of center. A neutral to strong grip is most widely recommended because these two types allow more desirable control of the clubface. If you tend to slice the ball, your grip is probably weak. If you are hooking the ball, chances are your grip may be too strong. The pressure in your hands should be monitored and kept at the same level. At The Classic Swing Golf School, we rate grip pressure on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the tightest and 1 being the lightest. We recommend a level 3 to 4 grip pressure as optimal.