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The Various Cross-handed Grips

The 10 Digit Baseball Grip


         

This was the grip I started with. The problems I encountered with it was that I would hit a pretty big slice. A wonderful PGA Pro by the name of Matt Hibert helped me tremendously. Within 5 minutes of watching me swing, he told me to rotate my left hand clockwise a bit. This straightened out my slice tremendously. Thus earning him the esteemed role of being the name sake for the next grip.



The Hibert


         

Same idea as the 10 digit baseball grip, but the left hand is rotated a little stronger. This is a powerful grip, but I would have a tendency to pull hook off the tee with driver.
(Note: For cross handers, the terms "strong" vs. "weak" can be a little confusing because it actually refers to the opposite rotation of the regular grip. What you should think about is the position of the palm. If the palm rotates up, it’s a weaker grip. If the palm rotates down, it's a stronger grip.)



The Overlap


         

This is the current grip I am using. Because of the overlapped pinky, I get a much faster swing speed. The club head whips through the strike a lot better. I also can maintain reasonable ball position, compared to regular hitters. The 10 finger grips, I would need to put the ball a few balls ahead in my stance. But this grip allows me to hit down on the ball better and take a better divot. This also allows me to impart spin on the ball, which has been great for the wedge game. It can be done, but I find it a little harder to hit fades with this grip, which is why last year I switched to the next grip, but switched back to the overlap because I couldn't reliably hit a draw.



The Lowery


         

This is the grip that Will Lowery from the Big Break uses. It's basically the same as the overlap, but the thumb hangs down behind the club instead of having the thumb pad touching the club. This makes sense to me because in the traditional grip it is said that the right hand index finger is stabilizing the club through impact. I suspect that the thumb in this cross handed grip is doing the same thing. I tried it for a year. It's a very good grip. I found that I was hitting my wedges very fat. I couldn't change this, so I went back to the overlap at the end of this year and was seeing good results.



The Broadaway


         

Named after Josh Broadaway, the first tour pro I had ever seen playing crosshanded and one of the biggest reasons why I stuck with it. (Thanks Josh, you are my idol) Josh's grip is very different from mine however. He has the thumb of his right hand wrapped around the club instead of on it. I have not seen any other cross handers do this before. I could not replicate success with this grip, however, it works for Josh. He is the most accomplished cross hander I know in the modern day.



The Welch


         

Patrick Welch is the newest and most exciting cross hander to hit the golfing world. Welch was undefeated at the 2016 Junior Ryder Cup. He was runner-up at the 2016 Junior PGA Championship. He won the inaugural Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at Augusta National in 2014, and he’s qualified for three of the past four U.S. Junior Amateurs. He has announced that next year he will become an Oklahoma Sooner. Good luck Patrick. We will be watching.
As for the grip, you can see that he has a "traditional" (as if that word means anything to us) cross handed grip, the 10 digit baseball grip, with a little forward press in the left hand. I have played with a few Irishmen whos grips looked very similar to this grip.