|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
He’s part of a legion of University of Georgia products on the PGA TOUR, but does Brian Harman grip it and rip it like his fellow Bulldog and lefty, Bubba Watson?
Hardly. Their alma mater and handedness may be the same, but Harman’s and Watson’s golf games are anything but similar.
For starters, the 6’3” Watson towers over Harman, who stands 5’9” and weighs 150 pounds. Their grips are different, too. Where Watson’s is strong in the extreme, Harman’s is only mildly so. In fact, the former junior phenom features a pretty neutral hold with his right (top) hand, which he turns only a touch away from the target. His left hand is stronger, with the palm more underneath the handle.
This left hand position helps Harman generate a full release through the hitting zone to maximize power. Despite his size, he averaged a respectable 289 yards off the tee in 2014.
Brian Harman’s grip with the putter is somewhat unusual, but it’s effective. He’s a cross-handed guy, but differs from most by rolling his right (bottom) hand well under the handle until the wrist actually bows outward. Harman’s left hand, meanwhile, shows a pronounced angle or cup at the wrist. He keeps the back of his right hand very flat on the through-stroke, maintaining a square putter face.
Harman enjoyed his best season in 2014, earning his first win at the John Deere Classic. His key stat for the year: a ranking of eighth on tour in three-putt avoidance. It’s an overlooked but very important figure.