PGA Tour Grip Styles Part 2
- by Kelvin Miyahira
In part 1 of PGA Tour Grip Styles, I touched upon the amazing finding that most of the tour players were using grips much stronger than I had ever imagined. This month, let’s take a look at the relationship between PGA tour player’s grip styles and their release styles.
The results should not be surprising. PGA tour players with what I am calling standard strong grips rarely flip it. With extremely strong grips, they never flip it. But those with weak/neutral grips were flippers 64% of the time. There were 25 players with mixed grips (one strong/one weak) and 9 of 25 or 36% of them were flipping it. So there’s a real trend here and I’ll start by showing the grips then try to explain anatomically what’s going on so that amateur golfers can increase their chances to avoid flipping it.
So let me start by showing the players with Standard Strong Grips. Then we’ll look at the mixed grip players, then the players using the extremely strong grips and end with the neutral/weak grip players.
Strong Grip Players
Davis Love III
JB close up
Bo Van Pelt
Sean O’hair after Foley
Brendan De Jonge
Charles Howell III
Rarely do we see this. A strong grip and an underflip but here it is.
In this survey there were 108 standard strong grip players that do not flip. Only six standard strong grip players had a bit of a flip.
Extreme Strong Grips
Players with the extremely strong grips (left and right) do not need to have as much LF supination/RF pronation but they do use it.
Take a look at a close up of Nick Watney’s hands at address then at impact. Though not as exaggerated as the players seen before, there is some LF supination/RF pronation. Also, the left wrist is slightly bowed and the right wrist slightly cupped at impact. There is also some Ulnar Deviation (UD).
Just one out of 19 of these extreme strong grip guys are underflipping it. Those are pretty good odds.
Weak left/Strong Right hand grip players
Eleven of 17 weak left/strong right hand grip players did not flip. The odds are still in your favor even with a mixed grip.
Strong Left/Weak Right Hand Grip Players
There are just a few players using this grip. Five of 6 do not flip it.
In order to be in this category, the player must have both hands in the weak/neutral position. First, let’s see the flippers.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Non-Flipper Weak/Neutral Grip
Hopefully this shows everyone how difficult it is to hit with the weak/neutral grip and avoid the flip. If the 57% of the weak/neutral tour players flip it, chances are, so will you. It is also interesting to note that there are no major championship winners using this weak grip.