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How do you grip and swing your putter?  

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  1. 1. What technique do you use to grip and swing your putter?

    • Baseball grip, facing the ball
    • Standard Overlap, facing the ball
    • Standard Interlocking, facing the ball
    • Reverse Overlap, facing the ball
    • Left hand low (or right hand if a lefty), facing the ball
    • Long putter without anchor, facing the ball
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    • Belly without anchor, facing the ball
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    • Side saddle, split grip, facing the hole (long, belly or standard)
      0
    • Forearm braced (Kuchar), split grip, facing the ball
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    • Claw-type grip, split grip, facing the ball
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    • Anchored putting stroke (the heck with the USGA/R&A)
    • One handed, facing the ball
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    • Something else - describe if possible


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@Vinny Cap's thread got me thinking.  Some years ago I read that Dave Pelz considered the belly putter (anchored) to be the "best" putting approach based on a statistical study he had performed. Next best was left hand low.  I do not know how many versions of putting he studied and now anchoring is not permitted by the Rules.  Conceivably, Mr. Pelz might have discovered an even better technique.

As the poll demonstrates, there are a lot of ways to swing a putter and I suspect the list is far from complete.  I have tried a few times to use "left hand low" but I've used the reverse overlap grip for 5+ decades and I will likely stick with that until I can no longer play.

How about the rest of you?

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I changed to left hand low several months ago. This after putting normal right handed for decades. One of my better decisions on my golf game. After several rounds of recorded statistics,  the LHL grip is saving me 2.8 putting strokes per green. I now average a little over 29 putts per round, which of corse is some what mis- leading. That said, 29+/- putts is better than 32+/- putts when used with my same tee to green game. 

I originally made the change after some surgery to correct a problem in my left wrist which was screwing up my putting at that time. 

As for what putting stroke/swing I use, have no idea. I know it works, and that all I need to know about that. Also, my putter is fitted to my grip, and stroke. 

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I use the conventional grip (reverse overlap I think it is). I tried left-hand low for a while early this past season and got great results within 10-15ft, but couldn't control the speed nearly as well as my standard grip while lagging, so there had to be a distance at which I switched grip, and I could never figure out where, because as I was making short putts left-hand low at increasing distances, confidence grew and I was switching grips at a greater distance, which of course would impact lag putting from close (say 20-25ft). I properly ought to give it another fair try...

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Reverse double overlap isn't a poll option, but that's how I putt.

What option should I choose, @bkuehn1952?

Reverse double overlap - grip up the palms of both hands, mostly, and the index and middle finger on my left hand on top of the pinkie/ring finger of my right hand.

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20 minutes ago, iacas said:

Reverse double overlap isn't a poll option, but that's how I putt.

What option should I choose, @bkuehn1952?

Reverse double overlap - grip up the palms of both hands, mostly, and the index and middle finger on my left hand on top of the pinkie/ring finger of my right hand.

I'm struggling to envision that.  Can you post a pic?

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2 hours ago, David in FL said:

I'm struggling to envision that.  Can you post a pic?

I putt with a revers overlap, grip in the palms, wrists feeling like they're uncocked. One thing I have changed in the last couple years is having my left index finger pointing straight down rather than curling under the grip.

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8 hours ago, iacas said:

Reverse double overlap isn't a poll option, but that's how I putt.

What option should I choose, @bkuehn1952?

Reverse double overlap - grip up the palms of both hands, mostly, and the index and middle finger on my left hand on top of the pinkie/ring finger of my right hand.

This ^^. Having it in the palms is key for me.

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Another reverse double overlap here. Although sometimes a reverse single overlap, depends on the day.

I also play the ball up in my stance to promote a slightly ascending strike that is starting to decelerate. Nice and pendulummy. :-P

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The first time I picked up a putter (without ever having played) and swung it is the very same grip and swing I use to this very day. I essentially grip as per normal with my left hand and then with the right hand I wrap it around in a split grip and use my index finger to anchor the shaft very low down on the grip, the index finger rests beyond the grip against the actual shaft. My swing is a shoulder based swing - over the ball with varied length to control distance. I have never had an issue with putting, it is the most comfortable part of my game and it is the only part where I just picked up a club and used instinct to figure out, there might be something in that you know! 

Edit: I just realised that actually I have changed one thing, and that is stopping behind the ball to correctly align myself and the ball, but I really don't faff around that much, I ensure the arrows point at the hole, get behind the ball for a peek at the line and hit it with confidence. 

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10 hours ago, iacas said:

Reverse double overlap isn't a poll option, but that's how I putt.

What option should I choose, @bkuehn1952?...

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I think the "Something else" selection and describe, as you did.

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I use cross handed grip and mostly face the ball and putter head but sometimes I will face the hole for my stroke when I have  a short left breaker above the hole 

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I went mostly left hand low except on really long putts this year and I became more consistent. My second to last time out about half way through and for no real reason with my left hand I put the grip between my index and middle finger. I got really hot the rest of the round. I went out the next day tried it for the whole round. My results were really good ( for me) again. I've only been able to try it again on the carpet in the basement but who knows maybe I found something. Then again maybe not.

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