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Gripping the Putter
What Style is Right For You?

Choose a comfortable putting grip that works for youThere are Numerous Putting Grips

No matter how much people may like to debate about the grip, there is no one correct putting grip in the game of golf. There are however characteristics that are preferred. It can be really confusing, especially for a beginning golfer, to learn that there are probably hundreds of different ways to hold the putter. Because the putting stroke is a small and simple movement, just about any style of grip will do, even one that may be considered incorrect by some. It must however perform and give you the results you are after.

Your grip is actually responsible for a lot of things in your putting stroke. It influences your tempo, club face, speed, path etc. I like to say, "To be a great putter you must have great touch, so pay close attention to how you touch your club."

It is important that the grip you choose feels comfortable to you and works with the putter that you use. Obviously this will vary among players whether they are using a belly putter, one that comes up to their chest or a standard length putter. Styles you may have heard of include the over-lap, the reverse over-lap, the claw, the saw, left hand low, and the pen holder grip. Grip styles are almost universally designed to eliminate wrist movement from the stroke.

Characteristics that are common among good players include among other things: having the palms facing each other, having the thumbs run straight down the top of the grip and holding the grip in the palms rather than the fingers.

Should your pressure be light like you are holding a baby bird? Should it be firm like you are trying to hang onto a wiggly mouse? In my opinion your grip pressure should match your tempo, but for most I promote a lighter pressure. If you tend to have a short, quick tempo, holding on a bit more firm will work better (but not tight). For those that have a pendulum like, flowing stroke, a more relaxed pressure works well. Be cautious with gripping too tight as that can cause too much tension making the stroke jerky. Err on the side of lighter pressure.

The Situation:

You are looking for a grip check to make sure you have a functional putting grip.

The Solution:

For a standard grip, meaning a more traditional style, simply check your hands to make sure you have:

  • the grip placed in the palms of your hands (try to have it running down the life lines on each hand)
  • your palms facing each other
  • your thumbs running straight down the top of the grip

Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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