The grip

My opinions on grip change as my knowledge of the swing increases. It is a very random thing in my opinion and there is no right way to grip it per se.

At this point I am of the opinion the right hand grip is more important, as getting the right arm in proper position at address, the top and transition is so important.

When the right hand grip is too weak…or weak at all, the right arm starts out of position and wants to fly away from the body on the downswing.

As a starting point, with wiggle room in either direction to fit anatomical or range of motion issues, I like to start with the right hand first, so the line between thumb and forefinger go up the right arm.

Then put the left hand on so the left thumb wedges in between the pads of the right hand,

So far, I have not seen this grip create any issues.




  1. Chad Abbs

    Monte, I have always struggled with just taking the club back with my hands and then keeping them too close to my body on the take away, resulting in me getting steep at the top, the club face being open and the butt of the club never being pointed towards the ball at the top. Last week I started reading 5 lessons again and was taking note of the grip Ben was using. I started wondering if a stronger grip promoted a more hands dominate takeaway where as a neutral grip/weaker grip promotes the arms and chest working together to take the club back?

  2. Andy

    I struggle with getting the right arm/elbow (left actually as I’m LH) attached on the down swing Monte. I’ll tinker with the grip and film the results. Thanks!

  3. Dan

    Interesting timing for me with this thought. I’ve been just feeling “off” with my grip, left hand too weak…right hand too strong. I remembered this video from Martin chuck…it really does seem to put my hands on the club correctly. When I do this grip it’s seems almost impossible to hit a bad chip/pitch using the bounce method. Here is the vid…any thoughts on this good or bad?–uk

  4. David Westenkirchner

    In June of 2011, you wrote: “What I ended up with is something that sounded weird at first, then made perfect sense in the end. A strong left hand and a weak right hand.” Today’s blog post seems to indicate that you don’t favor any right hand that is “weak at all.”

    Have you changed your mind? if so, why?

    • Monte Scheinblum

      That grip is perfectly fine, it just will give some people problems. I just feel this one is better as it gets the right arm in a better position at address.

      Grip is so individual.

  5. Jim D

    Monte, I agree. It seems the most comfortable and natural way – no turning the right hand on top of the shaft or under it.

  6. Paul

    Ok, so I swore off all golf forums except this one. Yes to this. After our Chicago session and you fixed this for me, I had to find a way to get my right hand to grip it so the right arm relaxes and ‘opens’ at address and my right shoulder relaxes and ‘lays down.’ To stop the right hand from getting on top of the handle, I now grip the handle in the base of my fingers, not at the first knuckle. Works for me.

  7. Paul Kraus

    I like this grip very much. It lets me keep the club face square to the ball and I feel that the right palm controls the return of the club back to square on impact.

    Also I try to not overdo the backswing (another Monte tip) and think half a swing knowing it will be three quarter. I have a slow tempo and just after the club passes vertical I can feel the shaft push the left thumb back into the crease on my right hand and this is the cue for transition.

  8. Mark

    I have found, and would like feedback on, if my right hand is setup on the “side of the club” and my left hand is on “top” it makes it very difficult to release the club. The closer I get both hands “on top of the club” the easier I am able to “release”. At one point, I was playing a very strong left hand grip with my right hand on the “side” and this was causing a “no release swing” or after impact release.

    I’m sure that I’m not describing this very well but it would be great if you provide your thoughts on this aspect of the grip.

  9. Rick

    Good practical advice. One of my favorite biokinesiologist has confirmed
    that the vast majority of touring pros have “strong” grips. I grew up with Hogan’s “Five Fundamentals”, and the slavish adherence to his weak grip by 1000s of teaching pros over the decades has done more damage to
    would be golfers than even Lanny Wadkin’s comments on the swing.

  10. Phil Shabi

    This makes sense and is very comfortable to me. However, I have heard that the “v” created by thumb and forefinger in each hand should be parallel to each other…..parallel v’s.

    In order to do that with this right hand grip, I must make the left hand grip super strong.

    Monte, do the v’s have to be parallel to eachother? How do you feel about that?

  11. Games

    Do you still believe long thumb / short thumb is still a matter of preference or style?


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