|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
Maybe it’s a Spanish thing. Rafael Cabrera-Bello’s grip, like those of many of his countrymen, is neutral in demeanor.
It wouldn’t seem so unusual if not for the proliferation of strong grips among modern-day tour pros. But given the context, it’s noteworthy that Spaniards including Cabrera-Bello, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal hold the club in a neutral manner.
Cabrera-Bello, a lanky long hitter with two European Tour wins to his credit, points the “Vs” on both hands along the same line as the club’s shaft. (Note: Check the base of each thumb and forefinger to find your “Vs.”) This is a classic neutral position.
Like many neutral grip golfers, Cabrera-Bello’s strength is his iron game. He ranked among Europe’s top 15 for greens in regulation each season from 2012-14. If you struggle to hit your irons solidly and with accuracy, a move toward the neutral position could help.
Putting-wise, Rafael Cabrera-Bello’s grip follows a familiar template: reverse overlap, neutral hands, nice and relaxed. His putter is quite short considering he’s 6’3”; this allows Cabrera-Bello’s arms to hang long and loose from the shoulders, his elbows clear of interference as he swings the putter back and through.
With his neutral putting grip, Cabrera-Bello can simply rock his shoulders from side to side and let the blade do its work. As long as there’s no excess wrist movement or manipulation with the hands, the putter face should remain square throughout the stroke.