|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral|
Look closely – very closely – and you may notice something unusual about Angel Cabrera’s grip: His left and right hands are in slightly opposing positions.
The two-time major champion from Argentina, affectionately called “El Pato” (“The Duck”) for his waddling walk, has nothing to apologize for when it comes to results. His grip, however, might leave golf instructors perplexed.
In theory, the hands should mirror each other’s positions on the handle. For instance, if the left hand is strong (rotated to the right), the right hand should be too. Cabrera, a rare self-taught golfer among today’s elite pros, defies this convention.
With his left hand in a somewhat strong position, Cabrera places his right hand on the club in a perfectly neutral manner. To illustrate, the “V” between his left thumb and forefinger points to the right side of his chest, while his right hand “V” goes straight up the shaft toward his chin.
Unorthodox? A bit? Effective? Undeniably. Cabrera’s free-swinging style makes him one of golf’s most powerful players.
While he’s never been the most reliable putter, Angel Cabrera’s grip with the flat-stick is nothing if not solid. His left and right hands form a perfect, neutral match on either side of the handle; his giant mitts appear quite soft as well, which speaks to very light grip pressure.
Holding the putter with a feathery touch is highly recommended, especially if you frequently play courses with fast greens. Cabrera conquered two of golf’s most feared sets of greens in winning the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, and the 2009 Masters at Augusta National.