|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Neutral||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
American golf fans may be unfamiliar with this young Brit, but Tommy Fleetwood’s grip on a great future – like his grip on the golf club – appears quite secure.
Fleetwood turned pro in 2010 following an outstanding amateur career, winning a Challenge Tour event in his second season and claiming his first European Tour title in 2013. He’s a wiry lad at 5’11”, 170 pounds, but he’s plenty long and deadly accurate. In 2014, Fleetwood ranked among Europe’s top 40 for both driving distance and fairway percentage, and finished 12th for greens in regulation.
Fleetwood’s fluid swing is based on a solid, simple grip. Left hand: Nice and neutral, the “V” between thumb and forefinger pointing to his chest. Right hand: Matching the left, with the “V” aimed a tad right (as opposed to aligning directly with the shaft).
While he’s not quite as proficient with the putter, Tommy Fleetwood’s grip is just as sound. He holds the handle every so lightly with his large hands, gently laying the left index finger across his right ring finger to form a classic reverse overlap. Like nearly every high-level player, Fleetwood exhibits little or no tension in his arms when putting.
An overly firm grip can prove fatal not only in pressure-packed situations, but under the most informal circumstances. If you struggle within five feet of the cup or have a hard time controlling your speed on the greens, check your grip pressure. Here’s a great drill to help you find the pressure that produces your best results: