|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral|
Here’s something you don’t see every day: Brandt Snedeker’s grip starts with his right thumb removed from the handle. Not until he’s dragged the club back well away from the ball does Snedeker’s thumb return to its rightful spot.
Why does Snedeker do this? Possibly as a check on the right hand, which can become overly active on the downswing and cause massive hooks. Indeed, Snedeker’s strong grip makes this a definite possibility. The move may also have the opposite intention. Releasing pressure from the right hand can allow the player to freely rotate the club through the shot, preventing the dreaded “block” that’s the bane of better golfers.
Whatever the reason, this little quirk clearly works for Snedeker. Though his game slipped a bit in 2014, the Vanderbilt University alum has established himself as a consistent contender on the PGA TOUR.
Of course, Snedeker’s green work gets much of the credit for his star status.
With the putter, Brandt Snedeker’s grip is a model of simplicity. He drapes the left forefinger across the pinky, ring and middle fingers of his right hand to firmly unify his mitts. The palms are directly square to each other in a mildly strong position.
This simple grip is the basis for Snedeker’s wickedly effective “pop” stroke. He led the tour in “strokes gained putting” in 2012, gaining fame for a short, accelerating action of remarkable efficiency.
On the tee or on the greens, Snedeker’s grip gets a thumbs-up.