What is your preferred putting stroke and grip and why?
I putt cross-handed and I used a slightly gated (arched) stroke. I've always felt that the cross handed technique helped me become more unified in my stoke. It was also a way for me to take my hand and wrist action out of play. I've tinkered with the Straight back and through stroke but I'm much more consistent with a slight arc.
I've tried a few different grips/strokes over the years, but I have had the most success by keeping it simple, standard grip and straight (pendulum) swing, as this feels most natural to me.
I believe that putting consistently (like any swing) is built upon routine and repetition. If you can practice a setup and swing enough that it just feels natural, it somewhat reduces the number of variables in the equation, which should reduce the margin of error in the stroke itself. If you are comfortable in your stroke, and confident that you are going to hit your chosen line with the speed you have selected, you have a better chance of doing so, which leaves your ability to read the green as the primary factor remaining.
I putt cross-handed, and always focus on keeping my grip light and keeping my head down. I totally agree to do what's comfortable and stick to it. IMO putting is all about feel.
I use a reverse overlap grip and have a stroke that is pretty much square to square. For 50 years, I used a 10 finger grip for everything, but during three years of not playing due to injuries, I kept gripping clubs with an overlap grip and a putter with a reverse overlap so that when I returned, I could apply more of the written instruction in the monthly magazines to myself.
My #1 putting tip is to get a Scotty Cameron putter.
I used to think the "Scotty" aura was just that but WOW,,,I just got a new Studio Newport 2 Scotty and it has changed my entire outlook on putting.
My confidence level is out of sight. My alignment has improved drastically. My only problem now is when playing slower greens I have not yet grooved my stroke for the distance adjustment required.
Believe me when I say a "SCOTTY" WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
I use the reverse overlap because it makes my stroke very strong and steady. I slightly open and close the face on the way back and through naturally because thats what goes on when i make a normal golf swing.
COULDN'T AGREE MORE! I am absolutely in love with my Socttys.
For quicker greens I use an older Gunblue Newport, when I'm playing a course with slower greens I switch to a Studio Select Newport 33/360. The heavier headweight is perfect for slower greens. I also have a Studio Stainless Newport Beach for when I can't decide.
I also love the look, sound, and feel of the Scotty Cameron. I think it makes practicing putting more fun, and therefore makes you a better putter. I know 200-300 bills seems like a lot, but the putter is the most important club in the bag, and I've never duck hooked a putter into the woods before...
I use a striaght back straight forward putt and I have found that to work the best for me. I use no overlay or cross grip. It feels more natural to stack my hands and put more fingers on the grip. I have also thought that Scotty was for people with more money and pros, but I hit my buddies the other day and I cant wait to get one. I like the plummer shaft if anyone has any suggestions.
Something face balanced would be good for a SBST stroke. A longneck (if you're a blade guy) or a Fastback/ squareback if you're a mallet lover would be good too.
A good tip for putting is move with your shoulders not your wrists. Like any club line up with your feet facing at where you want to roll the ball. Grip is personal you can use one you have always used or keep attempting a new one. The putter can make a difference to. You can find lots of tips about putting over the web also. Hope you liked the advice.
I have an un conventional stance. I have tried many times to change it to a more conventinal stance but i dont have distance control that way. so my unconventional way is I place the putter on the line i am trying to putt. then i stand at the ball closer to a pitch stance were im standing alittle open. i dont know why it works for me but i have better distance control and my putting stroke is very smoth that way. and then the best tip ever is a loose grip. just keep it relaxed. i have 4 putters but when it counts i always bring out old fathfull Scotty. there is a reason his name is associated with makeing great putters. i'll never get rid of it and im thinking of buying another one that is an exact duplicate of what i use so that i dont have to take the game day one out of the bag for practice i'll just keep one in my house for practice and the other in the bag for game day.
Im a 4 handicap and ive been tinkering around with putters, diff. grips, and strokes, ive found that i putt best cross handed and with a pendulum stroke, my coach told me to buy a putting arc, so i did, and that has helped my putting unbelievably. I've found that no matter how well you hit your line, if you dont have the right line chosen and you dont have very good speed then you'll never make a putt past 10 ft, if your struggling with your putting then i would tell you to not worry about your stroke, make sure you learn how to read the greens as best as you can and start practicing your speed on putts from 10-30 ft because those are what most people usually have for birdie. for speed i recommend not putting to a hole to practice, i would tell you to putt to the end of the fringe so that your getting the ball to die right where the fringe starts, for a tip on reading the greens; i recommend you find the speed you want to hit the putt before you get your line chosen, because when you visualize the speed of the putt first you very rarely will get the line wrong. to learn how to read the brake, go and play a round of golf with your local pga professional and ask him or her about it because theyre the most trained at the game in your area, good luck with your putting!
Reading greens properly would be # 1 on the list. Confidence in your putter selection should be # 3. The elusive grip and stroke I think is # 2. If you watch the Tour players, not too many grips or swing patterns are alike. Experiment with whatever you feel produces the best stroke. I prefer a heavy mallet putter. Plenty of beef on long putts and a great pendulum effect on short ones. To each his own. Kinda like finding the right girl. You'll know when it happens.
I prefer the cross handed grip. I switched to this grip before the high school region and putted great! The stroke just feels natural to me. I am right handed.