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Left hand low putting

Chris M

What do you think of RM's latest switch to the left hand low putting?

I tried it several times but never got the same feeling to keep the club head square. Also the distance control was much more difficult Same you could yesterday see with RM.

Do you guys put with left hand low or have you some drills to practice it a bit better?

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  1. Speedy

    He announced earlier in the week he was going to do that. If anything he should've done this during the off season. Why mess with your putting during the season? It's the most important part of your game!!! Maybe Speith is getting to him? haha..

    Anyways, I've tried it and just doesn't work for me. The speed/distance control was very hard for me so i agree with you there.. I'll stick with the basic. It's been working fine for me.


  2. DV

    I have bee using left hand low for about 10 years now and will never go back. It took me about 2 years just practicing it on a practice green before I was comfortable enough to take it to the course. Before this change, I was yipping all my short putts and I was thinking of quitting golf until I gave this method a try. It works but it takes time getting use to it. It's more of a mental thing getting used to this stroke than it is physical. It sounds to me that you might be someone who is very handsy/wristy with your stroke. I changed to using my shoulders to swing more than using my arms and wrist to square up the club. To get used to this method try practicing using only 1 hand drills, both left and right, from short ranges only, say less than 6 feet. You need to reprogram your brain to get used to this change as it will feel weird for sometime. If you stick with it, this method will pay off with developing a more consistent stroke. You will have less of an urge to flick or jab at the ball and you will find that your alignment will improve. Stay with it. It does take a mental adjustment before you can play with this stroke.

    DV
  3. vurich

    I believe it works for Speith so well because he does most things in his life left handed. Only time will tell if it works for others, but like almost everything in golf, one needs to make mental changes to change the slump their in. Quick fixes are exactly that. They may temporarily fix a problem, but in the long run, most people revert back to what they've been doing for a long time.
  4. ben l

    I do switch to left hand low from time to time. The awkwardness of switching allows me to concentrate on getting the ball rolling. I am a natural lefty so it's somewhat comfortable for me. Try it, you might see some benefits even if it's a small feel difference that you can then experience when you switch back.
  5. Darius V

    Wow - I had to look twice at the comment from Derrick ( DV ) as those are my initials and he posted exactly what I was going to say :)

    I did find the change made a big difference for me, but added to that I found the perfect Scotty that fit the stroke and gave me even more confidence.

    Darius
  6. Nano

    I believe Rory has been using it in a putting drill for a while, so the switch may not be so big.

    I started toying with a number of putting grips a couple years ago when I got back into the game. I went mostly left hand low about 1-1.5 years ago. For a while I was going with a left hand VERY low, almost like a reversed hockey grip. I made sure to get a longer SS grip (13"-17") with my last couple putters. I've since brought that back up and slid my hands pretty far forward.

    A far as a year ago it has felt pretty foreign to put right-hand low.

    I'm not the best putter and I don't have the lowest HCI, though my HCI has been slowly but steadily improving since I came back.


  7. DV

    Well Darius...as they say, great minds think alike!

    DV
  8. FReeb

    I switched to LH low last year and it helped quite a bit with more consistency in the speed of my putts. I also see the line better too with LH low for some reason. Like several others that posted I'm a natural lefty that plays right handed.
  9. Craig G

    I made the switch because I would tend to pull all of my putts. Since the switch my putts from 10 feet and in have been dropping much more often.
  10. Davis L

    At the end of the year last year, my putting couldn't be worse. So, at the beginning of this year, I decided to make the switch to left hand low grip. It helped my putting tremendously! What I did to get used to the switch was hit a lot of short putts first, and then I worked on my speed on the greens (not really paying attention to aim). After a while, my body got used to the change and then I saw my putting improve greatly!

    Hope this helps,
    Davis
  11. Tyson F

    Have played golf now for 20 years, and have putted left hand low for 18 of those years, and the last 15 exclusively. I tried normal grip at first, and it was OK, but, then tried left low, and different variations of a claw/pencil grip. In my weekend group is a club pro, he can change back and forth without skipping a beat when putting. I think as far as tour pro's go, they can make changes without having and issue. Its just and individual decision and also in how long it takes to feel comfortable with it. I don't believe it has anything to do with Speith. People make changes all the time, most always for themselves, and in reality, less often because of others.
  12. DV

    +1
  13. Jacob Hobart

    Left hand low can be very tricky, but one of the most important things is to make sure your shoulders are square, if not then you get the putts that you miss right and the bad speed.
  14. MSchmidt

    I would never... gives less control of the putter not steady

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