Which hand do you putt with?


New Zealand Golf Magazine - - PGA OF NZ -

The op­pos­ing hand ei­ther is on the put­ter grip as a sup­port mech­a­nism or guide for the main hand.

There are many grips to pon­der whilst putting a ball so to­day I want to dis­cuss a cou­ple of very sim­ple ways to reach that point of know­ing which hand should guide your stroke.

Whether your grip is a reg­u­lar grip - like you play with for your full swing, or a re­verse over­lap (most pop­u­lar), a cross handed or some type of claw grip, all grips should be po­si­tioned in a place where the wrists do not flex. This can be also ex­plained as the wrists break­ing.

I have found that plac­ing the put­ter grip more in the palms of the hand rather than the more con­ven­tional fin­gers as for a nor­mal grip, can be an­other way to as­sist the wrists and hands lock­ing in.

The other way is to raise your hands above from the nor­mal set up po­si­tion and this will put your wrist into an ul­nar de­vi­a­tion which will add to this locked po­si­tion.

I be­lieve the most ben­e­fit you will get from a grip is that you can lock the hand po­si­tion and then look to­wards us­ing your shoul­ders and big mus­cles to swing the put­ter.

When look­ing at your grip con­trol have you looked at the hands that are dom­i­nant? This can be looked at when you start to iso­late your hands whilst putting. Ev­ery player is dif­fer­ent and when you look at your hands that dom­i­nate, it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the strong­est hand that you should fo­cus on. Some­times the dom­i­nat­ing hand is too strong and that takes over dur­ing the stroke. So, by con­cen­trat­ing on the left hand for ex­am­ple (for a right-handed player) can be the prefer­able way.

I want you to try and do some one-handed putting. This might be dif­fi­cult at the start but the more con­trol you can gain from the feel of hav­ing less con­trol the more feel you will cre­ate and start the chest, shoul­ders and back to move.

Be­cause the one handed move takes away sta­bil­ity you will learn how to smooth out your tempo and let the club swing like a pen­du­lum.

I want you to go to what it feels like if you keep the ob­jec­tive of lock­ing your wrists by ex­per­i­ment­ing the dif­fer­ent po­si­tions i have talked about above.

Try this with both hands as a sin­gle unit as you can then sep­a­rate the feels.

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