Shooting Grip: How you know your doing it wrong.
When comparing a female shooter to a male shooter, you will see that more often than not the female has more obstacles to overcome. We naturally have smaller hands, usually smaller in stature, and typically not as much upper body or grip strength. Now these are just challenges, ones that can be overcome with strength training, proper gear, and the right grip. Your grip is extremely important in how you will be able to control the firearm during the shooting cycle. The weaker your grip the more likely you will be fighting the gun or worse, having a defeating shooting experience.
With a good grip, you will find yourself being able to control recoil better and take follow up shots easier. I've seen small framed 5'3 woman control the recoil of a firearm better that a 200 lb man before just because they had a proper grip and stance.
So how do you know if your current grip is not the right one? It probably looks like one of these commonly seen poor grips. Scroll to the bottom to see what a proper grip should look like.
1. Low Grip with Thumbs Crossed
2. Thumbs on Both Sides
*Warning: this grip may result in injury due to the slide coming back and pinching your hand if it is stacked directly in line with the slide.
3. The Teacup
4. Index Finger on Trigger Guard
Getting the Right Grip
So how do you know if you've got your hands placed properly on the gun? They should look like this: