|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Not only does John Senden grip the golf club in a strong manner, he further strengthens his hand position to begin the takeaway.
Long considered one of the PGA TOUR’s finest ballstrikers, Senden sets up with his left palm nearly on top of the handle – looking at his setup face-on, you can see every knuckle on the back of Senden’s left hand. If that weren’t strong enough, Senden initiates a forward press and twists the hand a touch more to his right. By the time he’s begun the backswing, his grip is verges on the super-strong category occupied by guys like Fred Couples and Ryan Palmer.
Senden’s right hand, in fact, is less strong by comparison. You can see a slight cup at the wrist while the “V” between thumb and forefinger traces a line several inches inside his right arm.
It’s a grip more befitting a power hitter than a fairway finder, yet Senden’s accuracy exceeds his driving distance. He’s often ranked among the tour’s top 40 in fairway percentage, even higher for greens in regulation, yet typically rates middle of the pack for yardage.
Given his solid tee-to-green game, you’d expect the Australian to hold more than two career victories. Blame the putter. John Senden’s grip with the flat-stick doesn’t appear to be the issue, however. It’s nice and solid, neutral in position and light of pressure.
On the plus side, Senden enjoyed perhaps his best year on the greens in 2014, finishing 14th in strokes gained putting. Every strong performance has to start somewhere.