|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral|
Considering its owner is known as one of golf’s most intriguing characters, Miguel Angel Jimenez’s grip is pretty dull. That’s not a bad thing, though.
Jimenez, who turned 50 in 2014, shows his old-school roots by using a neutral grip – a style that was much more popular when the Spaniard joined the pro ranks in 1982. Nowadays, as players seek ever more distance off the tee, stronger grips are all the rage.
Jimenez has never been a power player, however. He earned the nickname “The Mechanic” by playing a methodical, mistake-free game. While his swing is rather unusual, it begins with a grip that’s perfectly positioned: hands matching each other, “V” between thumbs and forefingers pointing to his chest, light pressure on the handle.
With such a solid grip, it’s no wonder Jimenez’s game has stood the test of time. He never won a major title, but 21 European Tour victories and a stellar Ryder Cup record speak to Jimenez’s consistent excellence.
On the other hand, Miguel Angel Jimenez’s grip with the putter has changed in recent years. He used the conventional, reverse overlap method for most of his career, then switched to the cross-handed method recently. It must have worked – Jimenez claimed a rare double in 2014, winning the European Tour’s Open de España and the Champions Tour’s Greater Gwinnett Championship.
Apparently, an old dog can learn new tricks. Even an old dog as successful as Jimenez.