|Grip style: Interlocking||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
See Billy Horschel grip the golf club. See Billy Horschel launch the ball long and straight. See Billy Horschel win the last two tournaments of the 2014 playoff and claim the FedEx Cup.
If he wasn’t a household name before his late-season surge, Horschel is certainly a star now. The sixth-year pro from Florida waltzed to wins at the BMW Championship and Tour Championship with a display of great ballstriking and timely putting.
Horschel’s grip resembles many of his peers’: left thumb pad turned onto the top of the club, his glove’s logo aimed well right of target, while his right hand “V” (between thumb and index finger) aligns directly with his right arm.
This grip position is usually associated with power hitters like Harris English, and Horschel does, indeed, average better than 291 yards off the tee. (Not bad for a 175-pounder.) But he’s also highly accurate, ranking 26th on tour in fairways hit for 2014 at 67% while finding 70% of greens in regulation, good for fourth.
In other words, it’s possible to hit the ball very straight with a strong grip.
When putting, Billy Horschel’s grip is a standard cross-handed style – left hand beneath the right on and oversized handle, back of the left hand flush with his wrist, right wrist cupped. That left wrist position is critical to success with a cross-handed grip. The goal is to prevent the wrists from breaking down during the stroke, which is easy if you simply maintain the left wrist position from setup to finish.