|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Very strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
It’s not impossible to play great golf with a strong grip and an upright swing. The combo has worked pretty well for Fred Couples, among others. But for a more natural marriage, study Matt Kuchar’s grip and his flat swing plane.
Kuchar’s grip certainly isn’t the strongest on the PGA TOUR; Couples and Zach Johnson, to name two, display more extreme holds. But Kuchar’s left and right hands are turned markedly to his right as he sets up. The logo on his glove points upward and right of the target, rather than more directly at the target, with the Vs formed by the thumb and forefinger of each hand aimed at his right shoulder.
If Kuchar were to make an upright (vertical) backswing with this grip, he’d have to manipulate the clubface considerably to remain on plane. By taking it back on a very flat (horizontal) angle, his arm rotation keeps the clubface square throughout the swing.
If you expect the Georgia Tech grad to adopt a more conventional method on the greens, think again. Matt Kuchar’s grip and technique with his belly putter are quite unique – he runs the shaft up his left forearm and keeps it there throughout the stroke. It’s amazingly effective.
Kuchar’s hand positions emulate the putting grips of Ernie Els and Justin Rose – reverse overlap with the left forefinger, with the right pinky on top of the left middle finger. Considering the trio’s putting prowess, you might want to give it a try.