|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
His unusual tennis ball drill created quite a stir when the big German claimed the 2014 Players Championship and U.S. Open – the latter by eight shots in dominating, wire-to-wire fashion – in the span of a month. But watch Martin Kaymer grip the golf club if you want an example of sound fundamentals.
Kaymer’s left hand is about as neutral as you can get – the strap on his glove points almost directly down the target line. His right hand mirrors the left, with the “V” formed by his thumbs and forefingers pointing just right of the center of his chest. To golf grip aficionados, it’s a thing of beauty.
While Kaymer prefers to fade the ball whenever possible, his neutral grip allows him to play a draw when necessary without making major setup or swing adjustments.
Martin Kaymer’s putting grip is properly positioned as well. The left and right hands are perfectly balanced, palms directly facing each other. The only slightly unusual thing about Kaymer’s putting grip is the position of his right thumb. It runs down the shaft, vertically, whereas most golfers place the thumb diagonally across the handle.
Tiger Woods shares Kaymer’s right thumb placement, so perhaps it’s worth a try.