|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
He may have finally cut his hair, but Charley Hoffman’s grip remains the same.
The free-spirited Californian, long known for his 1980s-style “mullet” hairdo, chopped off his flowing locks in 2013. Maybe now fans will pay more attention to his terrific ball-striking.
It all starts, as many modern swings do, with a strong left hand grip. Hoffman’s is rotated so far to his right that the back of his left forearm faces forward at address; the “V” at the base of his left thumb and index finger traces a line to his right shoulder.
Hoffman’s right hand, while technically strong, is closer to a neutral position than his left – the “V” points toward his right collarbone. Hoffman isn’t alone in mixing grip positions. Angel Cabrera and Ben Crane are among those with similar holds.
A relatively long hitter with decent accuracy, Hoffman has won three PGA TOUR events since 2007. He’s a streaky putter whose hot weeks typically find him on the leaderboard.
With the flat-stick, Charley Hoffman’s grip is a tour-tested reverse overlap. His hands fold naturally onto the handle, with the left and right palms directly facing each other as though squeezing a ruler.
More noteworthy is Hoffman’s putting routine. Once he’s over the ball, Hoffman takes his grip, looks once at the cup, looks back to the ball and immediately starts his stroke. It’s a method espoused by putting guru Dave Stockton with the goal of eliminating mind-cluttering thoughts.