While the putters you have in your bag are important, your grip on those putters is equally vital. Many different grips exist, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one for a situation can decide the game.
While there is no “perfect putting grip,” knowing the options that are available to you is important, regardless of your skill level. Below are some of the different grips available to golfers.
Overlap Putting Grip
This is a popular grip for many golfers since it provides a minimum level of wrist flexibility while still maintaining a high level of feeling. It’s a popular grip for many novice golfers; in fact, it may be months, or even years, before they start to experiment with other grips. One of the biggest downfalls of this putting grip is that you may use too much hand/wrist movement and miss the timing of the stroke.
Reverse Overlap Putting Grip
This putting grip is aptly named, since it is the reverse of the traditional overlap; instead of the right hand’s pinky finger overlapping the left hand’s pointer finger, the left pointer is placed over the right pinky. The advantages and disadvantages of this grip vary from golfer to golfer.
10-Finger Putting Grip
Also known as the baseball putting grip, this method was popular in the early days of golfing when putting greens weren’t as even as they are now. This simple grip would allow golfers the best feel on a course.
Claw Putting Grip
This relatively recent addition to golf grips has many variations. The greatest benefit of this grip is that it takes the wrist action out of a stroke, putting most of the effort into the shoulders; this creates a consistent, steady stroke.
Interlock Putting Grip
This popular grip sees golfers hold their putter in the same way they would an iron, by interlocking their pointer and pinky fingers. This grip provides a healthy amount of feel on a putter and can be especially useful if you’re playing on an uneven surface. However, there are also inconsistencies that can lead a golfer to start experimenting with different grips.
Cross-Handed or Left-Handed Grip
This grip gained popularity in the 90s and remains one of the most used putting grips in golf today. Generally, when people use this style of grip, it squares up their shoulders and allows them to make short-range putts with greater accuracy. However, this puts golfers at a disadvantage for long range putts, so it is typically used only for putts under 15 feet.
These are just a few of the strokes available to you as a golfer; experiment with them and find the one that is right for you, or try changing it up depending on the type of terrain. Tru-Roll Putters‘ TR series of golf putters offer a unique round head that, when combined with any number of the grips listed above, will virtually eliminate skidding and allow you greater distance control. You’ll also notice greater forgiveness of miss-hits!