2014 Buyer's Guide Putters

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GET A GRIP!
By Randy Chang, PGA


When it comes to how you hold the putter, again, like many aspects of putting, there's no one right answer for everyone. The best putter grip is always the one that works best for you. However, certain putting grips tend to have different advantages. The standard putting grip is the most familiar since you hold the putter like any other club, with the left hand acting as an anchor. This kind of familiarization is what makes it a comfortable choice for most golfers. Alternatively, the cross-handed grip (or "left-hand-low," as it's sometimes called) promotes a stroke with the right hand anchoring the club. Golfers who use this grip like the feeling of putting with their right hand for more control.

The claw grip is a great grip for golfers who struggle with directional control, as it's hard to twist the putterhead offline using this hand arrangement. Lastly, the forearm-press grip virtually eliminates the wrists entirely in the stroke. It's a great grip for golfers who struggle with yippy strokes or too much wrist movement, in general.

PERFECT YOUR POSTURE


The upper body is hinged from the waist, and the eyes are just inside the targetline. I'm poised for a good stroke from here.

This position is never a good one to putt from. It's too hard to bring the putter back to square like this.

Like your tempo and grip, there's a variety of good ways to stand over the ball, as long as you follow a few constants. First, you want to make sure your eyes are over the ball, or at worst, a little inside the targetline. If you're leaning either too far forward or you're too upright (see the photo above), you'll have a tough time routing the putterhead on the proper path.

The second constant is hinging from the waist, which is a must-do. One of the analogies I've heard about good posture is to imagine squatting down onto a barstool. That's terrible advice! If anything, I would get on a barstool like you see in the above photo, and that's no good! The right way to address the ball is to hinge from the waist, retain some flex in the knees, and stay relaxed.

Try some taller postures, then experiment getting a little lower. Some good players actually adjust based on the lengths of the putt, meaning they get lower over shorter ones. That's fine, as long as you keep those eyes as close to being directly over the ball as you can. This will help you see the intended line much better than you would otherwise.


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