|Grip style: Interlocking||Hand position: Slightly weak left hand, slightly strong right hand||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
Unlike many golf phenoms, this precocious Texan doesn’t boast textbook form. In fact, “unorthodox” would be a kind way of describing Jordan Spieth grip.
Practically all accomplished golfers, from pros to the club level, match their left and right hands on the handle. In other words, the palms face each other directly regardless of their position (neutral, weak or strong).
Not Spieth’s. His left hand is in a relatively weak position, or rotated toward the target, while his right is somewhat strong, or rotated away from the target. This causes Spieth’s left arm to bend slightly while his left wrist bows outward at the top of the backswing.
It’s neither conventional nor pretty, but it certainly works. Still, many observers believe Jordan Spieth will have to alter his grip at some point to ensure long-term success.
Jordan Spieth grip with the putter is a standard cross-handed (left hand low) configuration, a la Jim Furyk. Designed to eliminate wrist movement during the stroke, the cross-handed method clearly works for Spieth. In 2014, he ranked among the PGA Tour leaders in the “Strokes Gained Putting” category and putts within the 15’ – 25’ range.
With a Tour win under his belt at age 20 and a consistently solid follow-up season, Spieth appears poised for a long run as one of the world’s top players. Will he continue to use the odd grip that got him this far? And if he does change, will it help or hamper his game?
Time will tell.