|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
Perfect. That’s Edoardo Molinari’s grip in a nutshell.
Much like his younger brother Francesco, Edoardo Molinari holds the golf club in classic neutral fashion. If you’re looking for a model to copy, look no further.
At address, the elder Molinari’s glove logo is nearly perpendicular to his target line, with very little angle formed at the wrist. Why is this significant? Because it allows Molinari to swing the club on plane without the need for compensating wrist or arm rotation.
His right hand squares up beautifully with the left. The mark of a neutral right hand grip is a “V” (formed by thumb and index finger) which aligns approximately with the club’s shaft. That’s what you see with Molinari.
At his best, such as his two-win 2010 season, Molinari is a terrific player from tee to green – reasonably long, deadly accurate. That speaks to the kind of consistency a neutral grip can foster.
His results with the putter are somewhat less reliable. On the greens, Edoardo Molinari’s grip is a straightforward, cross handed model. Unlike some cross-handers, he keeps the hands separated rather than joining the fingers at any point. Nonetheless, his grip does as intended – it cuts down unwanted wrist action and facilitates a stroke controlled by the arms and shoulders.
In 2005, Molinari became the first European to win the U.S. Amateur since 1911. There may be even bigger things ahead for the Italian star.