|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Straight down the middle. That describes Francesco Molinari’s grip, and most of his tee shots, too.
The Italian pro routinely hits 70% or more of fairways to rank among the most accurate golfers on the European Tour. That’s partly why he’s finished among the tour’s top 35 in earnings for seven consecutive years (2008-14) and made a pair of Ryder Cup teams.
Molinari, whose older brother Edoardo is also an accomplished pro, grips the club in model fashion. It’s hard to go wrong with a left hand that’s virtually square to the target and a right hand whose “V” (at the base of thumb and forefinger) aligns almost perfectly with the shaft. From here, swinging on plane with little or no wasted motion is a relative breeze. So is hitting both draws and fades.
More than just a straight driving machine, Molinari is proficient with the irons as well. He’s hit better than 70% of greens in regulation every year since 2010.
Standing over all those birdie putts, Francesco Molinari’s grip is simple and classic. Like most pros, he uses a reverse overlap style and places the hands in neutral. Just before pulling the putter back, he moves the hands toward the target (a motion called a “forward press”) and flattens the left wrist. He then completes a beautifully efficient, arms-and-shoulders stroke which – in conjunction with his neutral grip – helps maintain a square blade going back and through.
Take this lesson from Francesco Molinari: To make golf as simple as possible, a neutral grip is the way to go.