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Just wanted to throw this out and see if anyone else does this. This is not a picture of me but the pic is close. I interlock my left index finger and right pinky, and my right thumb is more across my left thumb than down-shaft, but nonetheless the focus is the right index finger ...

No one else I play with does this. I feel like it keeps my wrists from breaking, especially on long putts, because I can feel the club try to bend my finger back when my left wrist tries to bend toward the target. I've heard claims that having my finger down the shaft like that invites my right hand to become too passive though and causes me to "steer" the club with my left hand. And, I must admit, my miss is a pull more often than not.

I know that putting grip is a very preferential aspect of the game and very few individuals are the same. I putt okay with this grip, and it's comfortable to me. Please don't just say, "If you like it and it works, who cares?" I'm looking for actual feedback if there are others on here who do this, or play with people who do it, and if they notice what I do. Or, for you rock star putters, what are your takes on what this might cause? Thanks.

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My new grip is a little different (right index finger not resting on shaft but on the grip), but I tried it for 18 holes today for the first time, and had only one 3-putt (versus at least 7 on avg for last five rounds). My approach shots were not much closer to the pin, so this new grip (the only change), definitely helped me. I suggest you go to the putting green and give it a try - only have fewer putts to lose. Good luck.

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My new grip is a little different (right index finger not resting on shaft but on the grip)

I actually do have mine on the grip. I didn't really pay attention just how far this guys is gripping down on the club when I posted the pic. My finger is extended but still on the grip. My bad.

I guess the feedback I'm looking for is just having the finger extended down as opposed to wrapped underneath. And it seems this works for you as well.

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I extend my index finger, as you do, keeping it on the grip. Tom Lehman putts with an extended index finger down the grip.

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Of note, my misses tend to be pulls. To fight this, I try to hold the putter head facing perpendicular to the putting line (instead of letting my right forearm rotate over the left)

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ah, the good old "whiskey finger." Alas no, i dont do this, but i see plenty who do.

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I also put my index finger like that. Mine stays on the grip though. It seems to help me keep everything aligned.

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Of note, my misses tend to be pulls. To fight this, I try to hold the putter head facing perpendicular to the putting line (instead of letting my right forearm rotate over the left)

My lone 3-putt today was a slight pull - this maybe the one down-side of this grip (at least for a strong righty).

ah, the good old "whiskey finger." Alas no, i dont do this, but i see plenty who do.

My golfing buddy's Dad calls it the "Whiskey Dangler", but this has a few different meanings.

For me, this is my third conscious putter grip change this season, and is by far the most successful one. Still needs to be modified to fine-tune hand position on the grip, and any spacing or overlap. Currently, I use the Varden Grip, and also slightly extend the left index finger down the grip as well. There is still no substitute for practicing and getting comfortable with any good putting grip.

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Weird...

I just did this about 5 minutes ago in my living room, then I come on here and I see this post!

Very weird, but yea, I just was messing around with grips tonight and came across this type of grip, I like it a lot, on my takeaway with my conventional putter grip, the putter comes back wobbly sometimes,

Tonight with this tweak to the grip, it feels like it really comes back and through nice and straight!

Im loving this grip!

Jim

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ah, the good old "whiskey finger." Alas no, i dont do this, but i see plenty who do.

My golfing buddy's Dad calls it the "Whiskey Dangler", but this has a few different meanings.

Ha. I never heard either of these phrases to describe this, but the fact that it has its place in the vernacular of the game lends it creedence in my book. Glad to hear. If anyone has any insight as to why these are used, please, do tell...

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"Whiskey Finger" is a saying to measure the amount of the drink poured into a glass. It means that the whiskey glass is filled to the height of a finger held either horizontally (or vertically in some cases), to the table on which the whiskey glass sits.

Some single-malt whisky drinkers pour their drams meaured in "fingers" (usually a horizontal measurement) - again parallel to the glass. My preference is three-fingers (sometimes four depending on the day).

The expression also translates into a position whereby the index finger extends downward, as is in this case referencing a putting grip.

Just old drinking vernacular getting recycled...

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"Whiskey Finger" is a saying to measure the amount of the drink poured into a glass. It means that the whiskey glass is filled to the height of a finger held either horizontally (or vertically in some cases), to the table on which the whiskey glass sits.

Hmm. I was hoping for something better than that. I know about measuring booze with fingers, I just thought there was going to be something more clever to it; a la the phrase "whiskey d*ck" - which most certainly does not refer to using that to measure a drink.

Was expecting it to have something to do with guys needing that finger to stabilize the putter when they're blitzed out on the course. Oh well.

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Hmm. I was hoping for something better than that. I know about measuring booze with fingers, I just thought there was going to be something more clever to it; a la the phrase "whiskey d*ck" - which most certainly does not refer to using that to measure a drink.

Now that's the aforementioned "Whiskey Dangler".

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