|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Would a Rose with any other grip swing as sweet? Probably not.
Englishman Justin Rose’s grip, like his technically sound yet ultra-fluid swing, is a thing of beauty. Indeed, the grip and swing go hand in hand.
Rose holds the club in a position very near neutral, but a close look shows that his left hand is rotated to a slightly strong position (i.e., to his right). This is reflected at the top of his backswing, where the back of Rose’s left hand and wrist are a tiny bit “cupped.”
This ever-so-slightly strong grip allows Rose to hit towering draws with his driver without too much concern of hooking the ball. Likewise, he’s able to play a fade when needed. Best of all, he sacrifices neither power nor accuracy. Hence, he’s one of the game’s best from tee to green, routinely near the top of greens in regulation percentage on the PGA TOUR.
How does Justin Rose grip the putter? In a very traditional manner – left hand above the right on the handle, left forefinger placed lightly over the right knuckles. He does make a minor alteration, however. Much like Ernie Els, Rose puts his right pinky finger on top of (rather than next to) his left middle finger. This unites the hands even more and prevents any wrist action from creeping into the stroke.