|Grip style: Interlocking||Hand position: strong||Putting grip style / hand position: Cross-handed (left hand low)|
He’ll eventually have to give up the belly putter. But Webb Simpson’s grip with the flat-stick may well survive.
Come 2016, competing golfers will no longer be allowed to anchor the putter to the body, so the wand that won Simpson the 2011 U.S. Open – and three other PGA TOUR titles as of December 2014 – will have to go. His cross-handed grip may be the key to making a smooth transition… Assuming he doesn’t change styles with the standard-length putter.
Simpson told Golf Digest he prefers the cross-handed method to the conventional style because “it quiets my hands and feels right for the longer club.” Given then success he’s had putting cross-handed, we’d expect him to continue using this grip technique.
There is one unusual aspect to Simpson’s putting grip: He places the right forefinger across the fingers of his left hand in reverse overlap fashion. Most cross-handers don’t do this.
Let’s back up and examine Webb Simpson’s grip for the full swing. It’s quite strong, with both hands rotated well to the right on the handle. This fosters Simpson’s signature “handsy” style by allowing his wrists to hinge more freely than they would with a neutral grip.
He does tend to miss to the left more often than right, per the PGA TOUR’s in-depth stats. That’s the major risk with a strong grip, which promotes a quicker release of the hands through impact. Like most players with his grip style, Simpson must clear the hips early in the downswing to prevent massive hooks.