I’ve been using the interlock grip to hold golf clubs for as long as I can remember. About a month ago I noticed my right pinky finger was swollen at the knuckle, which happens to be one of the two fingers involved in the interlock. It feels like I have a constantly jammed finger.
It seemed to be slowly getting worse after each round of golf and got to the point where I couldn’t fully bend it. After doing some Googling, it seems to be a common problem, even though I’ve never had it happen to me. I’m not sure what I’ve been doing different, but it’s not comfortable. Time for a change.
Even though I’ve used the interlock for chipping, pitching, and full swings, I’ve used a reverse overlap grip (left pointer overlapping right pinky) for putting because I’ve always liked the feel of it. I’m pretty sure I first learned about it when reading Tiger’s book “How I Play Golf.” So I set out to try the Vardon Overlap Grip, as it’s also known, for every club in the bag.
Yesterday was the first round trying it out. It was uncomfortable and I “topped” quite a few shots. I didn’t realize I was using opposite overlaps for putting and everything else until the 10th hole. From there on out I overlapped like I do for putting on every shot. It was much more comfortable and I started hitting better shots.
Last night I looked around online. I learned that the overlapping grip tends to be better for players who have large hands, like me, while the interlock is usually better for players with small hands. It turns out Jordan Spieth uses this reverse overlap grip.
It’s going to be a work in progress because every time I gripped the club my instinct was to interlock. It’s hard to change something you’ve been doing for more than a decade. At least for now, my swollen pinky acts as a mental trigger to switch it up when I go for the interlocking grip.
5 thoughts on “Switching Golf Grips”
Good luck… changing grip has to be one of the hardest swing related changes to make. I couldn’t imagine doing it. It would be like learning to write with my left hand.
LikeLiked by 1 person
I took 11 penalty strokes in the round!
Best of luck. I switched from the interlock to the vardon style overlap years ago… It’ll work out. Might try just picking up a club all the time to help you get used to it?
LikeLiked by 1 person
[…] morning was my first full round with the reverse overlap grip after splitting my previous round between the two styles of overlap. The club is already feeling really good in my hands and a lot more natural than the interlocking […]
[…] about a month it’ll have been a full year since I switched how I grip a golf club. It was a rough go when I first switched and then I started this summer forgetting that I had […]