How you grip the club can determine your ability to repeat shots. If you don't maintain your grip pressure throughout a round, it will be hard to see any sort of consistent results. The key is figuring out the right amount of pressure and the type of grip that's most comfortable to you when holding the club.
Ray Berger plays golf despite having a bad case of arthritis in his hands and fingers. Using an overlap grip causes him a lot of pain, so he's searching for a way to grip the club pain free but with an adequate amount of pressure so his results don't decline.
I have arthritis bad in my hands and fingers. When I use the overlap grip I get pain in my little finger (I am right handed) and when I strike the ball it gets much worse. So I am using a full baseball grip and I feel like it is too strong, however I usually hit a slight draw not many fades or slices. What can you suggest to lighten up my grip? I am to the point that I am not holding the club firmly and my left hand is opening up in my back swing. I love your daily tips and am going to start to practice them when the weather clears up.
St Louis, MO
You want to hold the club with a firm grip. Anything too loose and your club will be moving around in your hands too much. A good way to measure your grip pressure is to hold the club how you usually would and then have a friend grab the end of the club and try to move it side to side or pull it towards them. If the club moves a significant amount, it means you're not holding it firmly enough.
Ultimately, you need to check your grip pressure. The next step is to check with your local certified fitter to see about getting some different grips. Good luck!
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