Golfing Tips: Four Putting Grips To Try Out

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!

Tiger Woods Receiving “Professional Help” After DUI

Tiger woods is receiving “professional help” after being arrested last last month on DUI charges. The golf pro spoke out about his next steps via Twitter.

“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” Woods, 41, wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”

As previously reported, the famous golfer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida on May 29. Woods, who has had multiple back surgeries throughout the years, released a statement the next day.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said at the time. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.”

A statement from the Tiger Woods Foundation announced that Woods will not attend this week’s Quicken Loans National, a stop on the PGA Tour that benefits his foundation. Instead, the golfer is receiving in-patient treatment to help manage medications as he deals with his back and a sleep disorder.

Jack Nicklaus has some very grim predictions about the troubled golfer’s career. “He’ll have a very hard time. I don’t know whether Tiger will play much golf anymore,” said Nicklaus, who won a record 18 major championships.

“He might come back and play — I think it’d be pretty tough for him, after getting fused, and as many problems as he’s had recently. … His problems are more life problems than they are golf problems right now.”

“Whether he plays golf or not, I think he’s got an awful lot to offer the youth of the country and the game itself,” said Nicklaus.

The Quicken Loans National, which tees off Thursday, benefits low-income students in the Tiger Woods Foundation’s college access programs. Though Woods was not expected to play, he had made appearances in past years. To Nicklaus, who raised more than $1.4 million for charity at the Creighton Farms Invitational over the weekend, the impact of the Tiger Woods Foundation says far more than the results Woods has on the PGA Tour.

“Tiger’s a good kid, he cares about people, and we’ll just see what happens,” Nicklaus said.

“I hope he gets his life straightened out with the problems he’s had and be able to lead a normal life, but also use what he has done and his legacy to help a lot of kids and a lot of other people.”

Our prayers are with you, Tiger. Get well soon.

Kevin Kisner Wins Colonial

Kevin Kisner finally broke through on Sunday (May 28) for his first victory since 2015, holding off a strong field at the PGA Tour’s Colonial with a closing round of four-under 66.

Kisner’s second career victory contrasted sharply with this first win at the 2015 RSM Classic which he won with six shots. He finished 72 holes at 10-under 270 just one stroke ahead defending champion Jordan Spieth, Spaniard Jon Rahm and American Sean O’Hair.

Before his win, things seemed rather tense. “You start questioning if you’re going to win again after a while,” Kisner said. “Everybody was questioning if I was ever going to win. Then I win, and then everybody questions if I was ever going to win again.”

When asked after his Colonial win, Kisner had this to say:

“I am just honored be the champion and to be able to come back every year see my name on the champions wall will be something special. I am happy to win any tournament but especially here.”
Spieth shot one of the best scores of the day, a bogey-free five-under 65, while O’Hair and Rahm both shot 66 to finish in a three-way tie for second. Second -and third- round leader Webb Simpson bogeyed the 18th hole to finish alone in fifth and Danny Lee of New Zealand ended up with three shots adrift and alone in sixth place.

It was overcast and humid during the fourth round at the Colonial Country Club. Conditions which were most conducive all week to low scores.

Kisner, runner up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year, birdied the 10th hole and the 11th to tie Simpson for the top spot and took the lead outright with a birdie on the par-four 12th.  He then rolled in a birdie at No. 15 to extend his lead to two shots. That was halved by a bogey on the 16th hole, bu his up and down for par at the 18th green secured the win.

Two-time major winner Spieth was pleased with his performance this week after coming off two consecutive missed cuts, the first time that has happened in two years. This was his fourth start in the tournament as he also tied for 2nd two years ago. After birdies on the par-four 10th and the par-four 15th, Spieth was able to put some pressure on the leaders.

Spieth said: “Today was a fun round. I felt those nerves and I was just a couple of lipouts away from having a chance.”

The Tour rookie Pahm, who graduated from Arizona State University only one year ago and has already risen to No. 12 in the world, was making his Colonial debut. He finished with five birdies and just one bogey on Sunday.

Steve Stricker, the 2009 Colonial winner who turned 50 this year, shot a 63 to move from a tie for 32nd to a tie for seventh for 6 under. He had eight birdies his first 14 holes Sunday, on track to challenge the Colonial course record of 61 and maybe even a 59, before a bogey and three closing pars.

Steve Stricker, Brian Harman, and Scott Piercy finished for seventh four shots behind Kisner.

Kisner earned a check of a little over $1.2 million and the winner’s plaid jacket.