Although the most common grip among professional golfers is the overlapping or "Vardon" grip, there are some notable golfers who have used the interlocking grip. The most famous of these are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, but other professional golfers such as Tom Kite, Michelle Wie and 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy also use the interlocking grip. You can be sure that these champions have some good reasons to use this particular grip.
You probably could fill a decent-size library with all the instruction books, articles and videos that offer advice on every golf shot, strategy and piece of equipment on the market. But none of that advice means anything if you don’t grip the golf club properly. The grip is the foundation for everything you do on the golf course. If you decide to take lessons from a PGA pro, most likely the first thing he’ll do is check your grip. If you’re a beginner or just trying to improve your game, look at your grip first.
If you believe golf is not rocket science, you are only partially correct. In many respects, golf equipment is as high-tech as the manufacturing of space vehicles. Consider the story of Winn Grips, founded in 1973 by aerospace engineer Dr. Ben Huang. He had formerly worked with Dr. Wernher Von Braun on the development of the Saturn V rocket, which thrust Neal Armstrong to the moon, before establishing the Graduate School of Aeronautical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Later, Huang took his expertise in polymer materials to create tennis, balls, rackets and grips. After a frustrating week at a golf school, where Huang had trouble hanging onto the rubber grips of the clubs, he founded Winn Grips and substituted polymer materials for rubber.
Check out any golf publication and you’re likely to see plenty written about golf clubs. But how you hold your club is just as important as the type of club you’re using. Indeed, if you take a lesson with a golf pro, chances are good that the first thing he’ll examine is the way in which you grip the club. If you can’t get to a pro, look at your grip yourself to spot any fundamental flaws.