|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Do not – repeat – do not emulate the pre-shot routine of this article’s subject. Kevin Na’s grip… Now there’s something worth copying.
Perhaps better known for his sometimes excruciating waggles over the ball than for his steady play, Na grips the club just a touch on the strong side. He’s slightly built at 5’11”, 167 pounds, so this grip position helps Na squeeze a little extra power from his smooth, compact swing.
In fact, he’s able to release the club so well through impact, Na isn’t forced to seek extra yards by extending his backswing. Hence, he drives the ball just far enough – about 280 yards on average – while hitting a solid 65% or so of fairways.
To simulate Na’s grip, place your left hand on club and turn it to the right until you can see about 2 ½ knuckles on the back of your hand. Place the right hand so that the “V” at the base of your thumb and forefinger point just inside your right shoulder. That’s a strong – but not too strong – grip. It will not only boost your distance, it may just cure your slice.
To make a living on the PGA TOUR, short-knockers like Na must be absolute demons around the greens. Indeed, Na routinely ranks among the leaders in “scrambling,” i.e., getting up-and-down for pars. Kevin Na’s grip with the putter is a straightforward reverse overlap.
Most noteworthy is the distinct lack of tension in Na’s hands and arms, which helps explain his deft touch with the blade.
And in all fairness, Na seems to have kicked his habit of incessant waggling. For that, he earns a hearty golf clap.