|Grip style: Interlocking||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
Graham DeLaet’s grip is a lot like the Canadian pro himself: Unassuming, but highly effective.
Coming off an excellent 2014 season yet still searching for his first career win, DeLaet is widely regarded as one of golf’s best ball-strikers. In fact, he ranked second in the PGA TOUR’s ball-striking category – which combines total driving (distance plus accuracy) with greens in regulation – for 2014.
Elsewhere on Golf-Info-Guide.com, we discuss DeLaet’s unusual foot positioning. On the other hand, there’s nothing odd about his grip. He uses the interlocking method employed by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, with both hands set neutral to the clubface. The back of DeLaet’s left hand points essentially down the target line, while his right hand mirrors this position.
A neutral grip like DeLaet’s has many advantages over a strong or weak grip. Namely, it makes it easier to put the club on plane and keep it there, and allows DeLaet to shape shots in either direction.
While he excels in the long game, his putting leaves a bit to be desired. Perhaps that’s why Graham DeLaet’s grip is cross-handed, a style many golfers go to as an alternative to the conventional method. He holds the putter with a very light touch, a technique all amateurs can learn from. Tension in the hands goes all the way up the arms and can cause many different problems in the stroke.