|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap
He’s the owner of a much-envied stroke, and David Toms’ grip with the putter is worth emulating, too.
In Toms’ prime, few players in golf could rival him for putting prowess. Toms’ long, fluid stroke has produced 13 career wins, highlighted by the 2001 PGA Championship. It’s no coincidence that during the ’01 season, when he won three times, Toms led the PGA TOUR in total putting.
Of course, it all starts with the grip. Toms doesn’t do anything fancy or unusual when grasping the putter’s handle. Basically, he aligns both hands with the grip’s flat front surface, which automatically places them in a neutral pose. He does play the ball slightly forward in his stance, which creates a flatter left hand and wrist than you see with most pros.
From his setup position, Toms makes an effortless pendulum stroke that surely ranks with the purest in golf history. He’s no slouch when it comes to ball-striking, either.
David Toms’ grip with the woods and irons is a fine example of a neutral hold: The “V’s” on both hands (check the spot where thumbs meet index fingers) line up nicely with the club’s shaft. It’s a grip built for consistency, accuracy and shotmaking. So is his swing. No wonder Toms has excelled in those areas.
While never a log hitter, Toms has gotten straighter with age. In 2014, at 47 years old, he led the tour in fairways hit at 75.5%.