Which hand do you putt with?
MANY PLAYERS I KNOW, HAVE SEEN AND HAVE TALKED WITH DOMINATE THE PUTTING STROKE WITH ONE HAND WHEN THEY PLAY.
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.