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December Tip

    By Dan Pasquariello,

    The putting grip best represents the individuality of golf. On Tour, if there are 160
    golfers playing in an event, you’ll find no less than 160 different putting grips.

    Yet there are common elements to good putting grips that enable the golfer to
    consistently strike the ball in the center of the putter face. One of these elements is
    gripping the putter with the palms, rather than the fingers. If you grip your putter
    mostly with your fingers, you’ll give your wrists too much freedom to hinge and
    unhinge.

    In putting, control and consistency are the keys. Gripping the club in your palms
    effectively takes your wrists out of play. As a result, your putter face will tend to stay
    on line and contact the ball consistently in the sweet spot.

    If your current grip places too much of the handle in your fingers, you’ll need to
    adjust it so more of the grip fits in your palms. Furthermore, you should make a
    second alteration to ensure that your hands function as a single unit. Try this: After
    placing your hands on the putter’s handle, slide the lower hand up until the pinkie,
    forefinger and middle finger rest atop your lead hand. This triple overlap grip
    effectively quiets the movement of the dominant hand (the right hand for right-
    handed golfers) during the putting stroke. A less-active dominant side will translate
    into better grip pressure and keep the hands working together, a key requirement to
    keeping the putter head moving along the target line.

    Place the grip in your palms, not your fingers, to help prevent tension, and position
    your thumbs on top of the grip for better feel and control.
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