Golf Tips And Lessons

Mastering Your Golf Putting Grip

One of the basic tenets to good putting is properly gripping the putter. An improper grip on the putter can lead to all kinds of problems. The good news is you can fix your putting grip fairly easily.

Here are some tips to improving your putter grip:

The way in which a golfer holds the putter is unique to that player. However, even though there are different styles or methods of gripping the putter, two essentials must be present for good putting results. They are: square face and stability.

The grip you use with your putter has to deliver on both of these essentials. The blade of the putter must be square as it comes into contact with the ball. And in order for that to happen, your hands, arms, and body must be stable throughout the putting swing.

For right-handed golfers, one of the most common problems while putting is allowing the right hand to dominate the swing. When this happens, the blade of the putter often shifts into either a closed or open angle, thus resulting in the ball rolling off its target line.

If you are consistently rolling the ball to the left or right, you may want to try using a reverse overlap grip. If you are not familiar with this grip-style, have your local pro walk you through it. While this style of gripping the putter is popular with many golfers, it is not the only grip you have available.

One of the keys to mastering your putter grip is to determine what you are doing wrong. Some players may be holding the putter correctly, but are allowing their wrists to hinge (or swing back and forth). This all but destroys the stability you are looking for in a putt.

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Other players may be holding the putter too tightly. The old saying about putter tightness "light is right" still holds true today. You do not want to strangle the putter. A light touch is always preferable.

Keeping your grip on the putter square is also another problem for some new players learning to play golf. If you grip the putter in your hands (with either a weak or strong grip), the shaft and blade will not be square to the ball (even though it may look square to your eyes). As you come back with your downswing, the face will open or close and the ball will not travel on its intended target line.

A weak or strong grip on the putter can also lead to hitting the ball with the toe or heel of the putter blade.

The choice of how you grip the putter must allow for your arms and shoulders to move as a pendulum. If the grip you are using now does allow your shoulders and arms to move as a single unit, you should look for another type of putter grip.

Lastly, one of the most overlooked causes for poor putting is the grip itself. This time we mean the rubber or leather handle on the club. Grips wear out and become thin or slippery. Even the best method of "holding" the putter will suffer if the material on the putter is old and worn out. Replacing the grips on your putter should be one of your priorities if they are not in good working order.

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