David Ramirez 

Hello, Victoria golfers!

My name is David Ramirez, PGA head golf professional at The Club at Colony Creek. Prior to moving to Victoria, I was the head golf professional at Northshore Country Club in Portland, Texas.

I feel very fortunate that after a full career in the USMC (hooray!) that I have been able to create a second career as a PGA golf professional. I love all aspects of golf and love helping others discover their passion and ability for the game. My passion and love of teaching was recently rewarded by my peers as I was honored with both the 2019 Golf Professional of the Year Award and the Youth Player Development Award for the Southern Texas Chapter. In this column, I’ll be sharing a few pro tips as well as a few thoughts on the pros and other golf industry- related interests that I think you may find interesting in your pursuit of the game.

Today, I wanted to start with what I believe is one of the very best golf tips of all, and that is getting a proper grip. Without a proper grip, you will never be able to hit great shots consistently. There are three grips: the Vardon grip, better known as the overlap grip; the Interlock grip; and the ten-finger grip. Ninety percent of professional golfers use the Vardon grip (overlap), which is named after the great Harry Vardon.

Instructions for the Vardon grip: For right-handed golfers, place the little finger of your right hand between the index and middle fingers of your left hand, overlapping those fingers. The thumb of the left hand should fit in the lifeline of your right hand. For left-handers, the little finger of the left hand overlaps the index finger of the right hand and settles into the gap between the index and middle fingers. Interestingly, though, while over 90 percent of the great golfers on the PGA Tour use the overlap or Vardon grip, the two greatest golfers of all time – Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus – both use the interlock grip. The interlock grip is also a good fit for golfers with smaller hands, so some LPGA golfers prefer the interlock to the Vardon Grip.

Give me a call or stop by the Pro Shop for lessons, for club repairs or just to chat. Stay tuned for announcements about our upcoming free Women’s Clinics in March as well as a Junior Golf Clinic in the near future.

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