|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Jamie Donaldson’s grip isn’t that unusual. At least, not by today’s standards.
To be sure, the Welshman places his left hand in a very strong position – his thumb runs down the right side of the handle, the glove’s logo practically pointing straight out in front of him. This hardly puts him at odds with his peers, though. Accomplished pros including Dustin Johnson and Harris English, as well as Fred Couples and Paul Azinger from the previous generation, are among the many employing super-strong grips.
Donaldson’s right hand hold is a bit less common. Rather than matching the position of the left, his right hand is more on top of the club in spot that’s very near neutral. The “V” formed by thumb and forefinger points at Donaldson’s right collarbone, whereas a strong position would find it aimed at his right shoulder. (Some call this grip type “mixed” as it combines strong and neutral or weak elements.)
While his long game is average by tour standards, the 2014 Ryder Cup member ranks among the steadiest putters in Europe. On the greens, Jamie Donaldson’s grip varies from the typical reverse overlap style. Instead of draping left index finger over the fingers of his right hand, Donaldson places the right hand’s pinky and ring fingers atop the adjacent digits on his left. (Similar to Jim Furyk’s full-swing grip.) The grip serves to solidly unite both hands and cut down on unwanted wrist motion.
As his three European Tour wins and Cup-sealing singles victory (vs. Keegan Bradley) attest, Donaldson knows what he’s doing with the flat-stick.