This week’s tip is geared toward junior golfers — or to parents interested in getting their children involved with golf.
Introducing a child to the game can be tricky. How to go about it? What to focus on? How much to expect, and how soon?
Bob Beach, the head professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course, has run junior clinics for years.
Here, he offers specific suggestions on how to help juniors initially grip the club.
Beach writes: “It is very important to allow junior golfers to split their hands when first learning to grip a golf club. The reason many junior golfers create space between their hands when holding a club is a strength issue. The splitting of the hands is the only way these young golfers can support the club. It also helps these juniors learn how to release the club.
“As junior golfers grow older, I would recommend closing the gap and bringing the hands together. I prefer the 10-finger grip to the interlocking because I like all of the fingers of a young player on the grip. I also think there’s a tendency with the interlocking grip to interlock too much, which can cause the club to slip into the palm, which in my opinion is Death Valley. I also recommend the narrowest grips you can find. This will help the young golfer keep the grip in the fingers and will help prevent an open clubface at impact.
“A simple way to have juniors practice the grip is have them put their hands on a ruler. It helps them get the feel of gripping something in the fingers and not gripping too tight.”Michael Whitmer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.