A putter is a golf club that is designed to putt and typically has a mallet-like, flat-faced head. When it comes to using putters, there are several gripping methods and styles that you could use to send your ball flying home. With that being said, it is worth noting that putting is, without a doubt, one of the most individual strokes in golf.
While there’s no wrong or right way to hold your putter, it is vital that you find a grip that feels natural to you – one that feels comfortable. And while some of these grips may feel a bit awkward, and some are quite ugly, the important thing is that they get the work done. After all, what you are after is points, right! And the good thing is that there won’t be any pictures on your scorecard.
To help you improve your stroke, here is a look at some of the most common putting grips available and how to hold them.
The Reverse Overlap Grip
This is one of the most common putting grips and is used by many professional PGA Tour players. To apply this grip, use your left to hold the putter grip and rest your right hand just beneath it around the putter’s grip. Lift your left hand’s index finger and wrap it around your right hand’s fingers to link both hands.
The important thing to remember when using this grip is to ensure that your left thumb rests flat at the top of your putter’s grip. This is why putter grips are never round – your left thumb provides the extra support needed to keep the putter’s face square when hitting the ball.
For right-handed players, the right hand tends to be more dominant when putting and serves as a piston during strokes. The left hand is what controls the direction of the putter’s face.
The Vardon Overlap Grip
Also known as the Overlapping Grip, the Vardon Overlap is also quite popular amongst professional golfers. The grip is named after Harry Vardon, responsible for popularizing the grip. Under this option, your right hand’s (which is the non-dominant hand as it is placed lower on the golf club) little finger should be placed between your middle and index finger of the left hand (which is the dominant hand.) Make sure your left thumb fits perfectly along the lifeline of your right hand.
The Left Below Right Grip
This grip is quite unconventional considering that it requires the player (right-handed) to place their left hand below the right one. Both your hands are then linked by wrapping your right hand’s index finger over the fingers of the left one. This grip is a great one considering that keeping the club’s face square and lining up is easier since the left hand is much closer to the putter’s head. However, it is worth noting that it will take some time to get used to this grip considering that the right hand is now a distance away from the putter’s head.
The Pencil/Claw Grip
The Pencil/Claw Grip is, undoubtedly, one of the more unusual putting grips. Under this option, your bottom hand’s fingers are at the top of the club’s grip instead of at the bottom. Your hand is held in place by wrapping your right thumb underneath and around the grip. The form your thumb and fingers make is reminiscent of a lobster’s claw or pincer, hence the name. The left hand holds the grip normally. This putting grip style forces your left hand to lead, eliminating that feeling like your wrists are breaking down when stroking. However, you need to be careful not to misalign your elbow as this will misalign your forearms too! When this happens, you won’t be able to hit parallel to your target.
So, what do you think? Which grip do you prefer? We’d like to hear from you, so be sure to leave us a comment. Happy putting!