In golf, the most popular putting grip is called the reverse overlap, and it involves placing the index finger of the left hand down the right hand. Learn about keeping the wrist still in a golf putt with tips from a golf instructor in this free video on golf putting grips.
Hello, my name is Conan Elliott, and I'm Director of Instruction for Teacher of Champions Golf Schools here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today, we're going to talk about putting grips. Well there are basically three. I guess there's a combination of a million that you could figure out but you'll find truer players playing basically with three. The most popular putting grip is what we call a reverse overlap and what we mean by that is where in a normal grip if you were going to hit a golf ball you would have the pinkie of the right hand over top the index finger of your left hand or interlocked. A reverse is the opposite of that. The index finger of your left hand down your right hand. So, the way we want to do that is in a putting grip instead of the club being in your fingers under the pad like a golf swing, we want it to sit more in the middle, that's why you see a lot of grips have pistol grips on them. So, we want to lay it in the middle get our hand more up instead of back so that our thumb is down the middle and that left index finger can line up with the shaft. Then all the fingers of the right hand would go under there and the thumb on the middle also. That's a very good grip and it helps keep the wrist very still and not so much flipping where a regular grip is very loose. We want that index finger over the fingers of the right hand, thumbs down the middle, club in the middle of the left hand so we can make a shoulder stroke without hands. There's also another one that's called the reverse grip or left hand low grip or cross handed grip, I like to call it left hand low, but I think it has a lot of value in the fact that your right hand goes on top the same but the left hand goes, all your fingers on below the right hand. So, your left hand is low, your right hand is high. That adds a lot of value in being able to keep the back of the left hand straight and create a stroke. A lot of people have some problems with distance control with that particular grip but a lot of work on it, you can get it and you'll see that grip on a lot of players on tour, the left hand low grip. The third one is what we call the claw, very very new, about two or three years old but you'll see a lot of tour players using that now. It's the same left hand grip where the club is in the middle, the club faces square but instead of the fingers going on, we actually make a little, we lay the club right between so your hand is kind of out like this and you set it right in the little notch between the thumb and the index finger, so that it sits in like that. Your pinkie finger rests on the shaft. You make your stroke that way. A lot will like that because they, a lot of players like that because they don't jerk that club back with their hand so much. It's more of a shoulder stroke that you'll really feel, your shoulders have to get involved with that. Try them, all of them work, it's what's best for you. This is Conan Elliott, and that's putting grips.