|Grip style: Interlocking||Hand position: Very strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
It’s hardly surprising to see Bubba Watson grip the golf club in an unconventional manner. When it comes to the left-handed, pink-loving two-time Masters winner, the rules simply don’t apply.
Watson’s grip style, the interlocking method, isn’t unusual. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Grip the same way. It’s Watson’s hand placement that’s so unorthodox. He turns his giant mitts well to the left (away from the target) on the handle into an extremely “strong” position. Only a few pros, including Fred Couples, grip the club in a similar manner.
How does Bubba Watson get away with a hand position that would cause most players to hit massive hooks? It starts with the grips themselves. To prevent overactive hands, he uses extra-thick grips. Plus, his grips are specially installed to keep the clubface open at address.
In other words, Watson’s equipment helps offset the effects of his off-neutral grip. This minimizes the need for major swing compensations, letting Watson do what comes naturally.
When he reaches the green—usually after a mammoth drive and a wedge shot Bubba Watson grip with the putter is actually pretty standard. He uses a basic reverse overlap style, with the hands a little to the strong side. He holds the putter very lightly, which enhances his touch and feel.