|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)
Shane Lowry’s unusual grip with the putter has been colorfully described as “cack-handed.” Call it what you will, Lowry’s method works like a charm.
The Irishman isn’t well known to American golf fans; from his pro debut in 2009 through 2014, he’d played only 16 PGA TOUR events. European crowds, on the other hand, are quite familiar with him. Lowry’s a two-time winner in Europe and is considered a rising star.
Chalk up much of Lowry’s success to his odd grip and putting stroke. He places his right hand near the top of the handle in typical cross-handed fashion. But rather than wrap his left hand around the grip in a conventional manner, Lowry lets it hang so that the forefinger runs straight down the outside of the handle. He places the left middle finger on the grip’s back side for stability, with his remaining fingers off the club completely.
Did we mention how well it works? Lowry consistently ranks among Europe’s top 20 putters, topping out at fifth in 2014.
Of course, you have to get to the greens first. Shane Lowry’s grip for the full swing isn’t nearly as uncommon as his putting grip. In fact, it’s downright normal – neutral, if you will. This assures that Lowry’s hands won’t foul up his swing by becoming overly active (which can happen with a strong grip), or being too passive through the hitting area (a common problem with a weak grip).
From his homemade putting grip to his textbook grip on full swings, Lowry strikes a happy medium.