How to Hold a Putter: 8 Correct Putting Grips
The game of golf is won on the putting green and the starting point is putting grips. As we pivot most of our content on ATrueGolfer, it’s logical to start with putting, the most important part of the game. Careers have been built and ruined in thanks to the putter; how you hold the putter is the first step in finding your true golfing persona. Quality putting comes and goes and knowing your options on how to grip the putter is critical to adaptation, experimentation, and decision-making.
With the help of UGA standout and 09′ Walker Cup player, Adam Mitchell, we explore how to hold the putter through 8 different variations and the benefits and short-comings of each grip.
Remember, there is not a perfect putting grip. Each grip will provide different results based off your personal feel and experiences. After this article you should know some of the more popular ways to grip a putter.
Overlap Putting Grip
Used by the majority of golfers, the overlap putting grip is the most traditional putting grip. It provides minimum wrist flexibility while still maintaining a high degree of feel. Players who use the the overlap putting grip inclue, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer. When beginning to learn the game of golf, most golfers start off using the traditional overlap grip, it’s normally months if not years after beginning does one experiment with other grips. A major weakness in the overlap is the susceptibility of becoming too handsy and consistently mis-time the putting stroke. Below, Adam Mitchell shows us how he grips the putter using the overlap grip:
Interlock Putting Grip
The interlock putting grip is another popular putting style used amongst golfers. Similar to how many golfers hold an iron, the interlock putting grip is done by simply locking the pointer finger and the pinky. The benefit of this putting grip is the provides a significant amount of feel for the putter. Sometimes on very slow and bump greens a putter may switch to interlock grip in order to gain more feel on less consistent surface. The interlock grip can also lend itself to inconstancies that lead a golf to experiment in a grip that produces less feel but a more stable stroke. Below, Adam shows us how he grips the club using the interlock grip.
Cross Handed Putting Grip or Left-hand Low Putting Grip
The cross handed putting grip (often referred to as left hand low putting grip) gained popularity in the 90′s and remains prevalent in golf. There are many variations of the the cross handed putting grip and the benefits and weaknesses very significantly for person to person. However, in general, cross handed putting squares up the shoulders along the golfer’s line causing the shorter putts to have more consistency. The general short comings of cross handed putting is the lack of feel for the longer distanced putts. There have even been occasions where golfers will putt overlap for putts over 15 feet and cross handed for putts inside 15 feet. Below, Adam shows us how he holds the putter when he putts cross handed.
Reverse Overlap Putting Grip
The reverse overlap putting grip is very similar to the overlap putting grip except the following. Instead of your right hand’s pinky finger (for right handed players) overlapping the pointer finger of the left hand, the reverse occurs. The left hand’s pointer overlaps the right hand’s pinky. This is a small variation but produces an entirely different feel. The pros and cons of this grip are too individual to post. Below, Adam shows us how he grips the putting when using the reverse overlap putting grip.
Ten Finger Putting Grip (Baseball Putting Grip)
The ten finger putting grip was most popular in much earlier era of the sport. Back when the putting greens weren’t as smooth or consistent as they are today, golfers would use ten finger putting grip to maximize feel on the putting green. The ten finger putting grip is simple, below Adam shows us how golfers use the ten finger putting grip.
The Claw Putting Grip
The Claw Putting Grip has become a house hold name in the last decade of the sport. There are many variations of the claw which we show below. However, the greatest benefit of the claw is how it takes much of the wrist action out of the putting stroke causing the shoulders to do most of the work; thus creating a more consistent, steady stroke. Many players who develop the yips use the claw putting grip as it’s been found to take take much of the wrist break out of the stroke. Below, Adam shows us three different ways the claw putting grip can be used on the course.
Every golfer will have their preference when it comes to putting grips. The 8 different ways to grip a putter shown above the most common you’ll find today. It’s important to experiment with each one and remember that as your putting comes and goes, you’re now informed of the options available on the putting green. Good luck and let us know which one you like the most.