Changing grip type

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Aimee
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Changing grip type

I currently use interlocking grip, have done so since I first started playing. I have some arthritis in my right pinky, the joint closest to the hand. It is starting to bother me, I noticed it the last time I went to the range and after this round it was really aching. It may not bother me once it warms up, but I am thinking I may be forced to change to an overlapping grip. Anyone make a grip change after many years?

Scott Rushing
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Aimee, how tight do you grip

Aimee, how tight do you grip the club.  Maybe you're grip is too tight and trying to go lighter would offset the issue.  Just a thought.  Or maybe some pre-round stretching of the fingers and hands.

I've played with the overlapping grip a few times and it just didn't feel normal to me even though I have bigger hands.  But I think it's just a matter of practice to get used to it.  If you're feeling pain with interlocking, I would definitiely try to change.  

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Aimee
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Scott, I'm generally OK with grip pressure, but I'm thinking now that you mention it...I was wearing winter gloves (both hands) for half of the round and probably did grip tighter with them since they don't feel the same as regular gloves. I'll see what happens if I play a whole round with a regular glove on just my left hand.

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DON
When I first started playing

When I first started playing golf I used the overlapping grip. Then I read that some of the top players were using the interlocking grip so I tried it. I made 5 swings with the overlapping grip, then 5 with the interlocking grip and then back to 5 with the overlapping grip. It was clear to me that with the interlocking grip it was like my two hands were GLUED together and they felt very solid on the club. When I swing the second time with the overlapping grip I could feel my hands erperate a little bit and it didn't feel nearly as solid of a purchase on the club, so I've been using the interlocking grip ever since. For your sake. I'm hoping iit's just the cold weather golves on both hands that was the main problem for you. The extra bulk of the glove on your right hnad pinkie might have been the cause of the pain, I hope that is all it was. Let us know how it goes when you get a chance to play again with only one glove and warmer weather. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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I agree Don.  thats sort of

I agree Don.  thats sort of what I've felt...like I had more grip on the club with interlocking but less secure in opverlapping. 

 

Aimee, yeah..with those weather gloves, they NEVER feel as secure to me when I wear them.  Always seem to find myself squeezing a littler tighter to make sure the club doesn't slide out.

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Aimee
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Saturday it is supposed to be nice and warm, won't need the cool weather gloves, will see if that was the issue!

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DON
Next time it's cold

If I may, can I suggest the the next time it's cold and you decide to wear two cold weather gloves, that you take off the right glove Just Before you setup to hit the ball. That way you can keep your right hand warm on the course, and still hit your shots with your normal one glove feel of the club. 

Don

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Aimee
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No issue

No issue with the finger today, only wore one glove, so that must have been the culprit.

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