|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Patrick Reed’s grip position may be neutral, but his career is in overdrive.
Winner of three tournaments from August 2013 through March 2014, the Augusta State product enjoyed a breakout stretch at the ripe old age of 23. His results tailed off a bit as the season progressed, but Reed finished strong in the United States team’s losing Ryder Cup bid.
Reed has earned lots of attention for his oft-brash proclamations and a left foot that slides off its moorings during his follow-through. What goes unnoticed is Reed’s fundamentally sound grip.
At address, Reed’s muscular hands rest very lightly on the club – no tension whatsoever. The back of his left hand faces the target, with the right hand in parallel position. Perfect. The only oddity, and it’s a very small one, is the placement of Reed’s right thumb on top of the handle. It’s more conventional to place the thumb at a diagonal across the grip and intersecting with the tip of the forefinger.
With the putter, Patrick Reed’s grip shows a similar style – neutral, with the hands directly facing each other. This allows the hands, arms and shoulders to work in harmony, back and through. Assuming ball position is correct, the putter face will follow a square (arced) path on the backstroke, into and beyond the ball.
If you want to make the golf swing and putting stroke as simple as possible, a neutral grip is the way to go.