It’s All In The Putting Grip.

Putting GripsIf you are searching for the best, most reliable putting grip, here is some bad news. There is not one perfect putting grip that will help you make more putts. Believe me I have tried them all.

In fact if you watch the Pros and your golfing buddies, it does not really matter which one you use. Putting grips come in all configurations and sizes almost equal to the number of golfers you know and watch.

While there are  basically only 3 choices when it come to gripping the putter, there seems to be new ways of gripping a putter showing up all the time.

First, there is the traditional grip, then the the left hand low, the claw, the paintbrush, split-handed, reverse, and so on. And let’s not forget the long and belly-putters being used by more and more golfers looking for an advantage.

So why are all these different grips being used? It is because they all try to help the golfer keep the wrists from breaking down during the putting stroke. Breaking the wrist is one of the reasons for the Yips.

When the wrists break down during the putting stroke:

* the face-angle of the putter will either open or close slightly
* you are adding or decreasing the loft of the putter up to 3 degrees and more
* you strike the ball on the putter face up to an inch off-center.

If you are doing any of these – even a little bit – while putting then you are missing putts. And recording extra strokes on the score card.

So many different things can go wrong with a putt if any of these things happen preventing the putter face from being perfectly square when it meets the ball. And this is one of the biggest reasons why amateur golfers missed so many putts every day.

I bet you do not realize that you are doing these things with your putting grip during a putt. Check what your wrist is doing using a putting mat or during putting practice on the putting green.

Learning how to keep your wrists straight, and from breaking down during the putting stroke is one of the fastest ways to a lower golf score.

When you learn to keep your wrists still in the putting stroke, the ball will start going where you want. And those are the putts that get you Par’s and Birdie’s!

Using a sound putting grip that feels comfortable and helps to keep the wrist straight each and every time will lead to more putts dropping in the cup and lowing your handicap!

Filed under: Putting Mats

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