|Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)||Hand position: Very strong left hand, neutral right hand||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
American golf fans got their first good glimpse at Victor Dubuisson during the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Fighting off one world-class foe after another, the Frenchman displayed an almost supernatural short game, getting up-and-down from desert scrub numerous times en route to a runner-up finish.
Close observers likely noticed something else: Victor Dubuisson’s unusual grip, which is strong in the extreme with the left hand, but neutral with the right.
When setting up to the ball, Dubuisson’s left hand is turned so far to his right that the logo on his glove points well right of his target. You’d expect his right hand to mirror this position, but it doesn’t. The V formed by Dubuisson’s right thumb and forefinger points at his chest rather than his right shoulder.
Placing the hands in such opposing positions is considered a no-no by golf teachers. Yet Dubuisson pulls it off. He ranks among the longest hitters on the European Tour with an average drive of more than 300 yards. He’s not the most accurate hitter, but he’s far from the wildest.
When it’s time to putt, Victor Dubuisson’s grip wraps around an oversized, square handle – a popular model among today’s pros, and a change from earlier in his career. Dubuisson’s hold is pretty standard, with the palms parallel and the left forefinger strapped across the fingers of his right hand. The extra-large grip is designed to eliminate as much wrist action as possible and foster an arms-and-shoulders stroke.