Have you got the best putting grip?
Does your putter feel not quite right at address sometimes? You stand over the ball and it feels like you don't have the best putting grip and you’re going to miss the putt before you’ve even hit it! You resign yourself to another day of missed putt after putt. You go looking for the quick fix by changing your grip, your stance or maybe the ball position.
Whatever you do you still end up with the same result which is a poorly executed putting stroke and another one missed putt sliding by.
Before you throw your putter away, have a look at the way you grip the putter and you could fix the problem faster than you think.
A few slight adjustments to your grip is often all that is needed to start holing putts again.
I used the Putting Game Improvement Program to lower my average putts per round.
Read below for 3 keys to achieving the best putting grip when things go bad.
To get the correct putting grip it’s important that you hold the putter with the right amount of pressure. In other words not too hard and not too light. So what is the right amount of grip pressure required? Always grip the putter as light as possible whilst still maintaining control of the putter head.
You should be able to feel the weight of the putter head in your hands comfortably without too much effort.
Too strong a grip pressure adds tension in your forearms and arms and reduces the chances of making a smooth stroke.
Thumbs pointing down
It doesn’t matter what type of putting grip you have such as interlocking, overlapping or hands split. But you must ensure both thumbs are sitting on the putter grip pointing towards the ground.
All great putters of the conventional putter have their thumbs placed this way.
This position is the best putting grip to keep the putter face square right through the putting stroke.
It also ensures both hands are working together for a smoother more fluid stroke.
Left arm more upright in one piece with golf putter
In a standard golf shot with an iron or driver there is an angle created at address between the hands and the line of the golf club. However, when you set up for a putt you need to make an adjustment as the putting stroke is a lower, flatter movement which requires a shallower swing path.
The key is having your left arm sitting more upright at address and almost forming a straight line with the putter.
This keeps the putter nicely on plane and optimises your chances of a smooth putting stroke.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW THAT DEMONSTRATES A GREAT PUTTING SET UP AND GRIP:
A simple drill to instantly improve your putting
Once you have the best putting grip you'll need a solid stroke to compliment your entire putting technique.
A great grip is one thing but if you move your shoulders and arms incorrectly you're still going to miss putts.
Here's an example of an effective golf putting drill that doesn't require you to use a putter at all.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW THAT DEMONSTRATES A SIMPLE DRILL WITH A 7-IRON THAT IMPROVES YOUR PUTTING:
The 3 keys to this simple drill
Grab a 7-iron and place into under your armpits at address without your putter.
Hold the 7-iron against your chest with your arms and shoulders and practice making putting strokes whilst keeping the 7-iron against your chest.
Next, grab your putter and start practicing putts still keeping the 7-iron against your chest.
You'll find this drill helps keep the entire putting stroke smooth and stable.
Use it on the practice putting green before you tee off and you'll see how once your round commences you'll instantly feel better connected with your putting stroke.
The Putting Game Improvement Program is another great tool to help you make more putts and lower your scores.
Let me know if you have success with these best putting grip tips, I would love to hear your results.
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