|Grip style: Baseball||Hand Position: Weak||Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap
He’s not your typical pro golfer. So why should Will Mackenzie’s grip follow convention?
A native North Carolinian, MacKenzie dabbles in extreme sports like rock climbing. He moonlights as a professional kayaker and once lived in his van in Montana… for five years.
Somehow, he’s managed to carve out a nice career on the PGA TOUR, winning twice and adding a pair of runner-ups as of January 2015. A swing reminiscent of Ben Hogan’s – grip included – has a lot to do with that.
At address, MacKenzie’s left hand is rotated toward the target enough to expose his inner forearm to a face-on view. His right hand is turned onto the top of the club in a matching position. Now, here’s the really strange part – MacKenzie uses a 10-finger grip, aka a baseball grip. No overlapping, no interlocking, but all 10 fingers touching the club’s handle.
That’s practically unheard of in the modern professional ranks. For good measure, MacKenzie was once a proponent of the somewhat controversial “stack-and-tilt” swing method, though he’s moved on to a new teacher.
Not surprisingly, Will MacKenzie’s grip with the putter is rather uncommon. He goes with a reverse overlap, but lets his right little finger ride up on top of the left middle finger. Ernie Els employs a similar modification.
MacKenzie actually battled the “yips” while on the Web.com Tour, but a putting lesson from Luke Donald – one of golf’s very best with the blade – helped put him back on the right path. Whether that leads back to Montana is anyone’s guess.