Pros and Cons of Every Golf Grip Style


Best Grip? Overlapping vs Interlocking

Grip style: Vardon (overlapping)Vardon grip Hand position: NeutralNeutral grip Putting grip style / hand position: Reverse overlap / neutral
reverse overlap grip

Tommy Fleetwood Grip
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:

Grip Pressure Experiment


Tommy Fleetwood, an English professional golfer, utilizes a grip known as the overlapping grip, also referred to as the Vardon grip. The overlapping grip is a widely used grip style among golfers, including professionals.

To achieve the overlapping grip similar to Tommy Fleetwood's, follow these steps:

  1. Place your left hand on the golf club first (for right-handed golfers). Position the grip diagonally across the base of your fingers, with the club running across the top joint of your index finger and resting against the bottom part of your heel pad.
  2. Wrap your left hand around the grip, creating a firm but comfortable hold. The club should rest more in the fingers of your left hand rather than in the palm.
  3. With your left hand in position, take your right hand and position it below your left hand on the club grip. The pinky finger of your right hand should rest on top of the gap between your left index and middle fingers.
  4. Wrap your right hand around the club grip, making sure the base of your right thumb sits snugly against the left hand's lifeline. The V formed by your thumb and index finger should point toward your right shoulder.
  5. Both thumbs should be positioned more toward the right side of the grip, creating a slight overlap between the hands. The grip pressure should be firm but not overly tight, allowing for freedom of movement during the swing.

Remember that grip preferences can vary among golfers, and it's important to find a grip style that feels comfortable and suits your swing characteristics.

If you're looking to refine your grip or make any adjustments, it's advisable to work with a golf instructor or coach. They can provide personalized guidance and make any necessary tweaks to optimize your grip and overall performance on the course.

Golf Grip Terms
Note: All descriptions are for right-handed golfers.

Vardon / Overlapping Grip: Method of holding the club by placing the right pinky finger on top of the crease between the left index and middle fingers. Named for British golf legend Harry Vardon.
Interlocking Grip: Method of holding the club by wedging or locking the right pinky finger between the left index and middle fingers.
vardon grip interlocking grip
Neutral: Position in which the hands are directly aligned with the clubface. The golfer with a neutral grip can typically see two full knuckles on the back of the left hand when addressing the ball.
Weak: Position in which the hands are rotated left (toward the target) on the club’s handle. The golfer with a weak grip can typically see one full knuckle on the back of the left hand when addressing the ball.
neutral grip weak grip
Strong: Position in which the hands are rotated right (away from the target) on the club’s handle. The golfer with a strong grip can typically see more than two full knuckles on the back of the left hand when addressing the ball.
Reverse Overlap Putting Grip: Conventional putting grip style with the left hand above the right and the left index finger extending downward, on top of the fingers of the right hand.
strong grip reverse overlap
Cross-Handed / Left Hand Low Putting Grip: The right hand is placed at the top of the handle, above the left hand, the opposite of a conventional grip.
Claw Putting Grip: The left hand is placed in the conventional position, at the top of the handle, with the right hand lower on the handle and holding the club between the thumb (on the grip’s underside) and fingers.
cross handed Claw Grip