September 2, 2023

Left Handed Golf Swing Tips

Welcome to the ultimate guide on mastering the left-handed golf swing and grip. Thanks to valuable input from our readers, we’ve updated this guide to provide you with the most accurate and effective techniques.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a beginner, this guide is tailored to help you perfect your left-handed game.

Why Left-Handed Golf is Unique

Left-handed golfers face unique challenges and advantages on the course. From the way courses are designed to the availability of left-handed equipment, understanding these nuances is the first step to mastering your left-handed golf game. In this section, we’ll delve into what makes left-handed golf distinct and how you can use these differences to your advantage.

The Correct Left-Handed Golf Swing and Grip: Reader Insights

Our readers have spoken, and we’ve listened. Here’s how to get your left-handed golf swing and grip right, according to seasoned left-handed golfers.

The Swing

  • Right Arm: Keep your right arm straight during the takeaway. This helps in maintaining a balanced and controlled swing.
  • Left Arm: Allow your left arm to bend slightly on the takeaway. This gives you the flexibility to generate more power in your swing.

The Grip

  1. Right Hand: Start by gripping the club with your right hand. Line the ‘V’ created by your thumb and index finger towards your chin. This sets the stage for a more controlled swing.
  2. Left Hand: Place your left hand on the shaft to complete your grip. This adds stability and control.
  3. Interlocking Technique: Interlock your left-hand pinky finger with the pointer finger of your right hand. This creates a firm grip, reducing the chances of the club slipping from your hands.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Over-gripping the Club: Holding the club too tightly can restrict your swing.
  • Incorrect Alignment: Make sure your feet, hips, and shoulders are aligned with the target.
  • Lack of Follow-Through: A good swing doesn’t stop at ball impact; the follow-through is crucial for direction and distance.

Tips for Mastering Left-Handed Golf

  • Practice Makes Perfect: Consistent practice is key. The more you practice, the more natural your left-handed swing and grip will become.
  • Consult a Pro: Sometimes it helps to get a second opinion. Consider taking a lesson from a left-handed golf pro to fine-tune your techniques.
  • Equipment Matters: Using the right equipment can make a significant difference. Make sure you’re using left-handed golf clubs that are the right fit for you.


Mastering the left-handed golf swing and grip may come with its own set of challenges, but with the right techniques and consistent practice, you can play just as well as any right-handed golfer, if not better. Remember, practice makes perfect, and don’t hesitate to seek professional guidance. Happy golfing!

About the author 

Linda Parker

My name is Linda Parker, I’ve been around golf since I was born, and I’ve been golfing since I was four years old!

I’m here to share my love of the game with you, so please do let me know if you have any questions!

  • Your article about the left handed swing and grip is wrong. As a left handed golfer my right arm remains straight and the left arm will bend on the take away. I always grip the club with my right hand lining the V to my chin. Then I put my left hand on the shift to complete my grip by interlocking my left hand pinky finger with my right hand using the pointer finger.

    • Hey Debi, thanks for sharing your experience and grip technique as a left-handed golfer! It’s interesting to hear different approaches. Golf is such a unique sport where what works for one person might not work for another.

      The guidelines in the article are generally accepted practices, but the beauty of golf is that there’s room for individual style.

      That said, I made an update to my article just above the conclusion (and gave you thanks).

      Keep swinging the way that works for you, and thanks for adding to the conversation! 🏌️‍♂️


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