|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
He may have a highly unusual (for a professional) “chicken wing” follow-through, but you can’t detect anything odd watching Lee Westwood grip the club.
The straight-hitting Englishman, long considered one of golf’s finest ballstrikers, sets up with his hands in ideal position. The back of his left hand nearly faces the target – call it an ever-so-slightly strong position – with the right hand a mirror image. This balanced grip allows Westwood to work shots in either direction as the situation calls for, a huge advantage over competitors who rely strictly on a draw or fade.
Given his struggles on the greens, it’s no surprise Lee Westwood’s grip with the putter has changed. He employed a standard reverse overlap style for much of his career, but – after briefly giving the belly putter a try – switched to the left hand low method.
While he’s never reached the ranks of golf’s best putters, the change seems to have steadied Westwood at the very least. He typically ranks among the European Tour’s top 30 or so in putts per greens in regulation, and shoots some very low scores when he gets hot with the flat stick.
Like many golfers who try the left hand low putting grip, Westwood benefits from better coordination between the hands, arms and shoulders. His stroke is less wristy, more consistent and therefore less prone to wild swings between good days and bad.