Posted by Joe B.
Due to the hazards of doing anything other than driving while you are driving, it is recommended that you only practice left hand grip while stopped in traffic, at a stop light, or parked in the driveway waiting for a friend, associate, or golf partner. Once you have mastered your left hand grip on the steering wheel, you may use your grip to control the wheel—however, you should continue to focus on the road.
What You’ll Need:
A car steering wheel
What You’ll Do:
Step One – Place your left hand behind the steering wheel.
With your hand flat and your palm facing you, set your left hand behind the wheel at about 10 o’clock. With the wheel set between the base and first joint of your index finger, the natural curve of the wheel will align properly to your finger grip. Notice the wheel runs across your fingers from placement (above) on your index finger, to between the base and callous pad of your pinkie; as the club does with a proper left hand grip. Check to see if traffic is moving yet.
Step Two – Close your last three fingers around the steering wheel.
Illustrate: Curl your pinkie, ring, and middle fingers around the steering wheel. Ensure that your grasp is in your fingers and not your palm. Your thumb and forefinger should remain off the wheel and will naturally form a “trigger finger” position.
Step Three – Squeeze your left thumb and forefinger together.
Press from the base of your thumb and align your thumb and index finger so that the middle joint of your thumb touches the side of your index knuckle. Notice the “V” formed between your thumb and forefinger, with the base of the “V” at the point where the two come together.
Step Four – Complete your grip on the wheel
Fold your hand over the steering wheel so that your thumb rests on the inside of the wheel. Let your index finger close naturally around the wheel.
Step Five – Adjust your grip pressure points.
Press the wheel between your bottom three fingers and the meaty pad (pinkie side) at the base of your hand—about an inch above where your hand connects to your wrist. Note that the base of your three fingers and the pad are the pressure points with which you will hold your golf club with your left hand. Continue to grip and control the steering wheel with your left hand as you inch forward in traffic.
Step Six – Feel the grip for about one minute, then release and repeat steps one through five until traffic clears up or your left hand grip is instinctive.