|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Varies between conventional and “claw”
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano’s grip is just what you’d expect from this “Steady Eddie” golfer – neutral and rock solid.
The Spaniard was a well-established contender on the European Tour before jumping to the PGA TOUR full-time in 2014. From 2005-13, he won seven times in Europe and ranked among the top 40 money winners in seven of nine seasons.
Though he didn’t exactly light up the U.S. tour in his first full season, Fernandez-Castano does boast a grip worth analyzing. It mirrors his Spanish compatriots Miguel Angel Jimenez, Pablo Larrazabal and Rafael Cabrera-Bello in its neutral positioning – flat left wrist, the “Vs” of both hands (formed by each thumb-forefinger combo) aligned with the club’s shaft. Fernandez-Castano’s simple grip sets the foundation for an easy, rhythmic swing.
Things get a bit more complicated on the greens. With the putter, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano’s grip looks similar to that of another of his countrymen, Sergio Garcia. Fernandez-Castano creates a “claw” by clutching the top of the handle in his left hand; he positions the index and middle fingers of his right hand down the club’s right side, close to the shaft, with his right thumb securing the putter.
Like many pros who try the “claw” or other unconventional putting grips, Fernandez-Castano has shown mixed results. But don’t let that stop you from experimenting if you’re having a hard time holing putts inside 10 feet. The “claw,” cross-handed putting and even switching sides (e.g., right-handed to left) have helped many golfers break out of a slump.