|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Colorful characters usually march to their own beat, and Boo Weekley’s grip – especially with the putter – certainly fits his personality profile.
First, let’s look at Weekley’s full-swing grip. It’s strong – really strong, up there with the likes of Zach Johnson and Ryan Palmer. Viewed face-on, Weekley’s left hand shows four knuckles (two showing represents a neutral grip) while the thumb and forefinger “V” shoots toward his right shoulder.
His right hand is in an even stronger position. Like Palmer, Weekley displays a distinct outward bow in the right wrist while the “V” aims outside his right shoulder.
Unlike his strong-gripping peers, Weekley doesn’t fight off hooks with a “blocking” action through impact. Instead, he sets up with his hands well ahead of the clubface and returns to this position at impact, which prevents the blade from closing too soon.
Weekley is widely regarded as one of golf’s best ballstrikers. His putting is another matter. Boo Weekley’s grip may or may not be part of the problem… But it’s definitely unique.
Using a standard length putter, Weekley places his left middle and right ring fingers side by side on the handle. (A conventional putting grip has the left middle and right pinky fingers adjacent.) He places the left forefinger, reverse overlap style, over the right ring and middle fingers. His right pinky finger overlaps the left middle and ring fingers.
Let’s call it an “overlap / reverse overlap combo grip,” and marvel at Weekley’s creativity. If not his putting prowess.