Gripping Your Putter The Correct Way

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death. - Sam Snead

Are You Gripping Your Putter All Wrong?

Most golf students who have trouble putting all have one thing in common: they tend to grip the putter in the exact same manner that they grip the other clubs in their bag, using an overlapping grip or an interlocking grip. These students have no idea just how important it is to hold the putter differently for the best results.

The Reverse Overlap Grip

For using the best possible grip when making your putt shots, try learning the "reverse overlap grip" which is a favorite with amateur golfers and Tour professionals.

This type of grip will help keep the putterface perfectly square to the ark of your stroke.

The face will also travel right down through the target line. Here is a very simple 4 step drill to using the reverse overlap grip.

Step 1: Take your left hand and place it on the putter handle. Your thumb should be pointing down the shaft and your index finger should be kept off for now.

Step 2: The next step is to take the fleshy part of your right hand and put it on the flat part of your grip. The thumbs should be pointing down. So far, if you have correctly followed these instructions, all of your fingers should be neatly wrapped around the handle of your putter, all except for your left index finger.

Step 3: Finally, take your right hand and slide it down the shaft just until your left thumbnail is covered up. Both of your thumbs should be pointing straight down the shaft, and your left index finger will overlap the fingers from your right hand.

Once you get used to putting with this grip, you should see immediate improvement on your shots.

And the reason why it is important to hold the putter like this is because your standard grips (overlapping and interlocking) will cause unwanted rotation of the clubface, which is obviously disastrous when you need a dead-on straight putt.