Putting Grip

Published: 18th May 2010
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Your golf score is never going to improve if you can't putt. Strokes on the green amount to about half of your strokes in a round of golf and it is absolutely essential to be able to get the ball in the hole in the least possible stokes. Good putting not only improves your overal score it also gives you confidence that can spread throughout your whole game.. Becoming a good putter starts with a solid putting grip.

There are a number of common putting grips being used in the game of golf today. It is hard to say that one is better than another; you have to find which one is best suited to you through experimenting and practice. The most common putting grip is the overlap which most closely resembles the grip used for other shots. Lefthanders should place their right hand on the grip first and then lay the left hand over the top of it. The index finger of your right hand should lie on top of the lower fingers on your left hand.

After the overlap the most common putting grip is the two fingers grip. In this case you will hold the club in the fingers of both hands and then point each index finger straight down the shaft. Professional golfer Mark McNulty has used this grip quite successfully on tour and is regarded as one of the best putters on the P.G.A. tour. Pointing the fingers down the shaft helps lock the wrists in position so they don't breakdown during the swing.

A similar grip that is becoming more common is known as the box. This putting grip calls for placing the palms facing each other onto the club. As the name suggests your hands should form a box shape around the putter grip. Some golfers will use a cross hands approach to putting. For lefthanders this would mean placing the right hand lower on the club than the left. Those who switched to this putting grip have usually done it because they have been suffering from the yips and blown a number of short putts. It provides a little more stability but makes longer lag putts a little more difficult.

The style you choose does not matter as long as you can repeat the swing consistently. The key to good putting is keeping the hands as quiet as possible and executing a good arm swing to get the ball rolling. Think of your arms as a pendulum swinging back and forth.

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