|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap
Every knuckle on the back of the left hand facing forward, right hand “V” pointed away from the target… Yep, Thorbjorn Olesen’s grip is a strong one, all right.
The strapping young Dane, a mere pup of 25 as of early 2015, definitely runs with the pack of golf’s new breed. His super-strong grip mirrors those of fellow 20-somethings Harris English and Jason Day, as well as numerous pros of a slightly older vintage.
Already a two-time winner on the European Tour, Olesen pounds the ball well past the 290-yard mark on average – not bad for a guy who goes 5’9”, 152 pounds. That’s what a strong grip will do for you. Before you go changing your grip, however, note the tradeoff in accuracy: Olesen hasn’t cracked Europe’s top 120 in fairway percentage a single year since his 2011 debut.
He’s coming off an excellent season on the greens, though, which helps explain his status as an up-and-comer. Thorbjorn Olesen’s grip with the putter is as sound as it gets – hands joined by draping the left index finger across the fingers on his right hand, both hands positioned in neutral, left wrist “uncocked” and not a trace of visible tension.
Despite all the attention paid to innovative grips like the “claw,” and the eye-opening results of long putter users like Adam Scott, the standard reverse overlap remains the putting grip of choice for the majority of the world’s pros. On that count, Olesen is old school.