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Putting Grip Styles

Every golfer has their own putting grip style. Making sure that you have a putting grip that you are comfortable and confident with is going to be one of the most important parts of having an improved and consistent putting stroke. There are several different putter grip styles that players can choose from.

What's the best putting grip?

In general the widely used conventional grip technique is called the reverse overlap grip but that doesn't mean that it's the technique that you should use. The best putting grip is one that makes you sink more putts. Whichever putting grips make you feel comfortable and you are making putts with, then that is the one you should choose.

Types of Grip Styles

There are over five types of grip styles that are common amongst golfers.

Split hand

The split palm grip is usually the traditional grip style except that you unlink the hands in order to create space. The dominant hand supports the putting surface while the nondominant hand holds the shaft. A gap between your hands, or smaller than that one may feel on a putter, will provide increased grip to it and make you putter able to swing better.

The Claw

The claw or pencil grip is e.g. a variant of the split handed grip. The dominant hand keeps steady above the putting thigh with your dominant hand in between gripping the edging as if a pencil was attached. Some professional athletes using the claw grip are Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia. By essentially only the index and thumb touch the club to maintain stability and bring balance to their movement. The claw grip is a variation the split-handed grip method where is the dominant hand is.

Palm to Palm

The prayer grip or palm to palm - it's sometimes known just as its sound is. Instead of putting up hands one after another you keep the hands closer together by putting up your palms. The palms are arranged and the hands overlap. Get it out of grip on the top part of the club and more back to the center of the ground. The sprocket of the putter is attached to an forearm.

Cross Hand

The cross handed grip is basically in reverse to the conventional grip. For righties, this will be the left hand low grip because the left hand will be low on the club. Jim Furyk and Jordan Speith are prominent pro golfers that use the crosshand grip. It gives you more control and allows you to be more balanced in the swing, experts say. The reverse grip commonly known as the reverse grip or the opposite of the golf putting grip.

Arm Lock

A clamp arm's grip reduces hand movements during putting.. The putter must be attached with the golfer to the lead forearm throughout putting stroke while applying pressure to your dominant hand to force the butt- In the cases of the “yips” the stroke is ideal. In order to get this grip you must choke your potter. For righties, the putter will lay on the left forearm and the putter shaft will extend downward, still touching the left wrist as well.

Which putting grip style is right for you?

The grip has been viewed as the most fundamental of putting. There's no perfect grip style for everyone. Some golfers use multiple grip types to break out of slumps or increase putting speed. Finding what you are comfortable with and maybe even finding a couple that you are comfortable with is something that can immensely change your consistency on the greens.

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