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Tiger Woods has used an interlocking grip to win 14 major championships.
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Unless you use a belly putter -- which will soon be illegal under the Rules of Golf -- your hands are the only contact points between your body and the golf club. Therefore, the way in which you hold the club can have a major impact your success. The interlocking grip is one of three standard methods for holding your club. It's not the most popular -- according to Jack Nicklaus -- but Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in major championship victories using an interlocking grip.
To hold a club with an interlocking grip, place both hands on the club with your palms facing each other. Slide your right hand down -- if you play right-handed -- raise your left index finger, then hook your right pinkie underneath your index finger. The tip of your right pinkie should lie against or just above your index finger's base knuckle. The tip of your left index finger should rest between the base knuckles of your right pinkie and ring fingers.
Nicklaus used the interlocking grip and recommends it for golfers with either smaller or weaker hands. Interlocking your fingers can help you grip the club more comfortably, give you a better feel for the club and can help small or weak hands remain together on the club, rather than sliding apart.
Whether your hands are small are large, it's important to keep them together so they work as a unit while you're swinging the club. Keeping your hands working together provides more clubface control, while separating your hands while you swing can lead to inaccurate shots. To further unitize his version of the interlocking grip, Nicklaus kept his right index finger directly against his middle finger, as opposed to spreading the fingers which, Nicklaus says, some golfers prefer. In his book вЂњHow I Play Golf,вЂќ Woods says he prefers the interlocking grip because he feels as if вЂњmy hands can't separate during the swing.вЂќ
The overlapping grip is similar to the interlocking grip, except your right pinkie rests on top of your left hand, between your left index and middle fingers. To form a baseball grip, place your left hand at the top of the club and your right hand directly below, so the side of your right pinkie touches the outside of your left index finger. The overlap grip is the most common way to grasp the club. Woods recommends that golfers select either the overlapping or interlocking method.