Golf tip of the week: Hold a golf club like a surgeon holds a scalpel

PHOTO PROVIDED Control ball flight by where the Vs are pointing.  

A high percentage of golfers overlook how important a proper grip is when building a repetitive golf swing. Perfecting the grip should be number one priority. Watch a professional golfer grip the club. It’s very methodical and soft, much like a surgeon holds a scalpel. It’s that important.  

The good news is you can perfect a grip in your den, office or living room.

• First, hold the club in the fingers, not the palm of the hands.

• Second, the grip pressure should be soft, as if you were shaking water from your hands. 

• Third, utilize slightly more pressure in the last three fingers of the left hand and the middle two fingers of the right hand, the opposite hands for the left-hand golfer. 

If you slice the ball, the Vs formed by the index finger and thumb of both hands should point more to the right shoulder, or the left shoulder for lefties. 

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator, at his golf facility in Williamsport.