Golf grip basics: Use the logo as a foolproof reminder how to grip the club

When it comes to golf grip basics, an easy way to nail-down a neutral hold on the club is to use the logos to your advantage.

If you play golf, you have golf grips. And those grips have a logo on them. You probably think that logo is there for the same reason most logos are on stuff — branding — which isn’t entirely wrong. But it’s also there to help you with your golf grip basics.

Here’s how.

The golf grip I’m using to demonstrate below are the ones I have on my clubs: The Golf Pride MCC Align. It’s a hybrid cord grip with a rib at the back, which I use along with the logo to make sure I keep my grip in good shape.

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Golf Pride MCC Align

The Golf Pride MCC Align grip features ALIGN Technology that provides a raised red ridge when installed on a shaft to allow for consistent hand placement and heightened clubface awareness throughout the swing for a square clubface at address and impact. The pebbled texture and plus sign patterns create increased coverage to maximize control of the club while the exclusive brushed cotton cord in the upper hand wick away moisture for all-weather control.
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And once you stick them on your clubs, you’ll be able to use them to actually improve your golf grip, a basic fundamental of the game.

First, hold the club out in front of you, like this. When you look down at the grip, you’ll see the Golf Pride logo at the bottom of the grip and the “align” at the top. They each align with a square clubface, and you’ll want to make sure your open hand slides directly underneath them, so you’re gripping the club in the fingers and not the palm.

Yes, I know my lawn has weeds in it, but my grip is good.

And once you have your hand situated like this, with your fingers underneath the two logos, fold your hand over onto the grip. You want the thumb of your lead hand (left hand for right-handed golfers) to be ever-so-slightly to the right of the two logos when you look down. When you lift it up like you see me doing below, you’ll see two knuckles on your lead hand.

I can see two knuckles on my left hand.

Once you have the club in your hand and lift it up like you see me doing above, place your trail hand (right hand for right-handers) so the gap between your thumb is on the left side of the logo as you see it when you look down.

left thumb to the right of the logo, right thumb to the left.

Hey, presto! You’ve got yourself a neutral golf grip. That’s why the logos on golf grips can come in so handy.

And just to be clear: A neutral grip isn’t the same thing as a perfect grip. Pros have all different kinds of grips based on their body type and preference.

But, generally speaking, a neutral grip is the kind most coaches teach to new golfers. Use the logos on your grip to get a neutral starting point, and adjust from there.

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By: Jeff Warne, Top 100 Teacher

Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.