|Grip style: Interlocking||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral|
As the fundamental component in a swing that some have called the best in golf, Hunter Mahan’s grip deserves a close look. Indeed, it’s a grip many amateurs would be wise to copy.
The Oklahoma State product uses the interlocking style, a la Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. If you’ve got smallish hands or tend to overuse your wrists in the swing, interlocking is a good alternative to the Vardon (overlapping) style.
Mahan’s hand positioning is superb. Both hands are just slightly turned to his right on the handle, a mildly strong position, which helps him set the club on plane on the takeaway and generate a full release at impact (complementing his great hip rotation and maxing out his power).
To emulate Mahan’s grip, place the left (top) hand so that you can see about 2 ½ knuckles when addressing the ball. Your right hand should directly mirror this position, with the “V” formed at the base of thumb and forefinger pointed just inside your right shoulder.
While he tends to be a little streaky on the greens, Hunter Mahan’s grip with the putter is rock solid. You might even call it boring. His palms are parallel on the shaft, with the back of his left hand slightly cupped rather than perfectly flat.
Also of note, Mahan’s left wrist is in an “uncocked” position, which aligns his left arm and the shaft to promote a steady, back-and-through motion. Grip the putter like Hunter and you’ll simplify your stroke.