|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand Position: Weak||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Corey Pavin’s grip puts him in rare but legendary company.
The “Gritty Little Bruin” from UCLA holds the golf club in a decidedly weak fashion. While a very small percentage of 21st century pros share Pavin’s style – Kevin Stadler and Pablo Larrazabal among them – it should look familiar to anyone who’s studied the great Ben Hogan. (And legions of golfers, teachers and tour pros have studied Ben Hogan.)
Pavin’s left hand is rotated so far to his left, the wrist actually bows toward the target at address. This contrasts starkly with the cupped wrist of strong grippers. Pavin’s right hand is closer to neutral, with the “V” (where thumb meets index finger) aligned approximately with the club’s shaft.
What’s amazing about Pavin’s grip is that he stuck with it for so long. Weighing just 155 pounds (if that), Pavin has spent his career watching other pros drive the ball 20, 30 and even 50 yards past him on a regular basis. A stronger grip might have closed the gap, at least a little.
Then again, a grip change might have cost Pavin some of his accuracy and remarkable shotmaking ability. Who’s going to argue with 15 PGA TOUR wins, including the 1995 U.S. Open?
His putting certainly didn’t hurt. Corey Pavin’s grip with his trusty Bulls Eye putter is a variation on his full-swing hold. His left hand is weak, but the right hand is in a strong position – turned well to the right, with the palm somewhat underneath the handle.
Another oddity: Pavin places his left thumb not on the club’s grip, but on top of the fingers on his right hand. Hey, the “Gritty Little Bruin” has always done things his own way.