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Video Tip: The Fundamentals of a Proper Grip

In this video, Scott Tanguay of the Coastal Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, S.C. walks us through the simple checkpoints of establishing a proper club grip each and every time!

Scott Tanguay:
Hey, guys. Scott Tanguay here at the Coastal Golf Academy, right across the street from Myrtle Beach International Airport. Come by and see me!

Today, I wanted to get into how we hold the golf club, our fundamental grip. This is one of the most important things when you're learning golf. That's going to give you your best chance to square up this club face. The thing I wanted to talk about the most is getting this heel pad on top of the grip. I see a lot of my students come with it in their palm more. Even if they have what would be called a stronger grip, where you see the two to three knuckles, they think it's all good, and you look underneath, it's still in the palm.

So a really good drill that we like to show people, this goes back to the Ben Hogan days, is to see if you can hold it with just your index finger. If my heel pad under my pinkie is on top enough, that should keep the face stable, keep it square, and allow me to hinge my wrist properly. This makes it much easier to make solid contact. If we're in the palm, you're going to see the face start rolling over. If you try and hinge your wrist, it's going to open the face excessively and we don't want that.

So get that heel pad on top. Check it with your drill. And then get in there and strike one. Give that a try!