It is not enough just to line up the golf club with the ball – one must have a proper grip when striking a golf ball. Improper handling of a golf club when striking a golf ball causes a variety of faults, which only leads to frustration.
When the golf club is held with a proper grip, the ball will travel at a right angle to the target when struck. The left hand grips the shaft diagonally for firmness. With the left hand closed, the thumb and index finger point to the right shoulder in a V shape. The left hand provides a firm grip to keep the club steady when swinging.
The right hand grips the club by covering the left hand. The right fingers hold the club with the palm facing the target. The crease that runs between the thumb and forefinger – the lifeline – of the right hand covers the left thumb. The right thumb and forefinger point to the right shoulder and chin. This grip gives the golf swing its power. When used together, the left grip and the right grip create a consistently steady swing.
Stadler, Craig, 2004, Craig Stadler’s Complete Golf Desk Reference, Triumph Books