My Golf trainer had a piece of simple advice to give me when I started training under him. Improve your gripping techniques and postures to excel in sports. At that, I had no idea about the sport other than a few men and women walking on the field with raised clubs, search g for something. Later I realized they were looking for the lost ball they had hit. Learning the different types of grip took time for me. I was a slow learner but once I got things in my brain, they stayed there. So, I was confident about learning golf at the Princeton valley within one or two years.
My trainer told me about the leading and trailing hand for the grip. Since I am a right-hander, the leading hand was left and the trailing hand was right. I wondered why he is saying the opposite way. He asked me to keep the left hand at the top and right hand below it while gripping. I had to keep the little finger of my right hand between the index and middle finger of the left hand. I also had to fit in the left-hand thumb into the lifeline of the right hand.
The grip made me feel as though the club would slip away from my grip, as I was wearing the gloves on my left hand. Anyway, I took the first aim and shot. The ball rose up like a rocket and fell on the head. The coach said nothing. He moved away silently, leaving me to practice using the trial and error methods. It took me the next three weeks to practically play the shots using the grip.
The grip has been my favorite due to its simplicity and easiness. I got used to it faster than my own expectations. I started hitting the ball with all my strength after learning to contact it at the right spot. My trainer watched me with amusement as I put all my efforts into that one grip.
Overlap and putting are the other two main types of grips I have learnt so far. I have learnt the importance of forming a V shape between the thumb and index finger of the left hand while gripping. It gives me the right hold with optimum tightness. It also gives me the flexibility to follow through my hands after the shot.
I was able to get the right technical expertise, only after consistent training and practicing. Sometimes my coach used to be with me from the first minute to the last minute during practice. Then he let me practice alone. Of course, I made several mistakes. I was able to identify the mistakes once I focused on the gripping methods. The process of correcting a mistake takes patience and persistence.
Most of the mistakes seem to start with the wrong grips. It could also affect postures negatively. Once my grip and posture became right, my progress was much faster than before.