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 This invention relates to a method of gripping a golf club that makes it easier to control an accurate direction and carry of a golf ball.
 One of the obvious desires of professional, and even amateur, golf players is to, as much as possible, have the ability to control the direction and carry of a golf ball when struck by a golf club. True enjoyment of the game is not realized until such control of direction and carry is achieved.
 As a method of practicing to obtain such capabilities, the players have been paying attention to learn how to efficiently position their bodies, legs, hands and wrists when they swing the golf club, and how to make the ball strike the face of the club head at the correct position and angle when they hit the ball.
 However, little attention has been paid to the method of gripping the golf club. As shown in
 The instant invention starts from questioning the efficacy of this conventional method of gripping a golf club and the golf club grip that ensues. The instant invention has as its object to create a different and more efficient golf club grip that enables the golfer to obtain greater accuracy of direction and greater control of the carry of the ball as compared to the many different ways of gripping a golf club that golfers have tried.
 It is therefore an important object of this invention to insure that the ball and the club head contact each other so that the ball leaves the place from which it was hit in a direction, relative to the fairway that is desired by the golfer. Put another way, the grip of the club is such that the club head strikes the ball at an angle such upon impact, the ball initially travels in an accurately controlled direction and carry with respect to the stance of the golfer. Other and additional objects of this invention will become clear from a consideration of this entire specification including the drawing.
 It is well known that the forefinger is the most sensitive of all fingers, and the new golf club grip of this invention, and the method of gripping a golf club of this invention, provides a more efficient way of using this forefinger to positively improve distance and accuracy of the flight of a golf ball.
 The invention described herein overcomes the disadvantage that it is difficult to hit a ball in an accurate predetermined direction relative to the club head face because swinging a golf club using a conventional grip, in which both hands are successively folded around the golf club shaft and wherein the club shaft is supported the two hand, at effectively only one point, creates a small discrepancy between the length of the club shaft supposedly covered by the gripping hand and the effective width of the hands gripping the golf club. The instant invention overcomes this discrepancy by not wrapping the forefinger, of the hand that is disposed nearer to the club head, around the club shaft, but rather stretching that forefinger toward the club head on a line that is generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of the club shaft. The remaining fingers of both hands are wrapped around the club shaft in the usual manner. This grip is useful not only in connection with a putter and/or a sand wedge, both of which require strict control the direction and carry of a ball, but also other golf clubs, such as a “woods” (metal, wooden, composite or made of other materials as the case may be), or numbers 1 to 9 irons. When used with longer hitting clubs, such as a driver or a long or middle iron, it will be found that the ball travels in a more controlled and more accurate line than when all ten fingers are wrapped around the golf club shaft. Further, the flight of ball distance achieved with the longer clubs is more consistent from shot to shot. This enables the golfer to be more accurate in reaching his desired landing zones.
 The invention described here mainly provides a new golf club grip, and a method of gripping a golf club that not only increase the carry of the ball but also more accurately control of the direction and distance that the ball will carry.
 As shown in
 The instant invention departs from the conventional golf club grip by positioning one finger (
 The aforementioned forefinger (
 On the other hand, the forefinger (
 If all of the fingers of both hands are folded around the grip in a conventional manner, a clearance is created between the club shaft/grip wherefore, the grip area comes into contact with and is supported at two different points by the hands. The entire golf club will function like a lever comprising a fulcrum (point(s) where the hands support the golf club shaft/grip), a power point and a working point (the sweet spot of the club head). If the power to each hand is even slightly out of balance, eventually the desired alignment of the club face and the ball will suffer and the direction of the flight of the ball may greatly change.
 In order to avoid the aforementioned lever function, it may be reasonable to modify the conventional gripping method by positioning and maintaining both hands disposed more closely together and about the club shaft to simulate the golf club being supported at only one point. However, the conventional club grip simulating support at one point by keeping the hands close together encounters difficulty in keeping the holding position accurate. This difficulty is greater than the resistibility of the club grip when it is supported at two points. As aforesaid, swinging the aforementioned golf club supported at two points does not create an accurate swing. This theory will be easily understood from the viewpoint of batting in a baseball game. If the batter grips the bat with a space between the hands, the head of the bat will not be swung at a full speed. Therefore, the new gripping method was invented by judging from long experience and achievement in combination with the merit of a golf club grip supported at two points and compared to the merit of the conventional gripping method that provides a full swing at a full speed.
 In other words, the conventional method of gripping a golf club shown in
 The instant invention has considered all the aforementioned conditions and increased the effective length of contact between the hands and the club grip by extending the forefinger (
 Holding the grip (G) by supporting it at one point, that is an effectively longer gripping length, increases the resistance of grip (G) to the force that will cause the club head and shaft to wobble. The effect of the above method for gripping a golf club in this invention does not depend on the physical strength or body size of each golf player.
 In order to prove the efficacy of this invention, many different comparison tests were actually conducted by many different players. The several tests using different size players showed that the invention was operative without regard to the size or shape of the player. The results of all these comparison tests, proved that the gripping method of this invention caused a substantial increase in the accuracy and controllability of the direction and carry of a ball. This improvement was especially noticed when putting on the green or hitting out of a bunker.
 It was also proved, by actually hitting golf balls, that holding the grip (G) with a longer gripping length (L