In the first article in this series we reviewed the key skills required to become proficient with the putter in hand.
Today we’ll take a look at the first skill we need to master: consistent setup to deliver the ball straight.
If you’re unsure where to begin review this video from Adam Bazelgette of Scratch Golf Academy. Below you will find a great summary on how to achieve these three fundamentals of the putting grip.
Lead Arm Alignment
The first thing you need to consider is your grip. Whether you choose to putt Left Hand Low, Claw, or Traditional, proper setup will improve your putting.
Ultimately, we want to achieve a straight line between the putter shaft and the lead forearm (the forearm closest to your target). Creating this straight line stabilizes the wrist and promotes a consistent stroke.
Unlike the grip for a full swing, you’ll need to rest the putter against the heel pad of your lead hand. This will remove the putter grip from your fingers, and you’ll notice that you have less ability to hinge your wrists. In putting, this is a good thing because we want as few moving parts as possible.
With a solid grip in your lead hand, you’re now ready to create a proper forearm position. Regardless of the grip style you choose, your trailing hand needs to be positioned on the club so the tops of your forearms are parallel to each other.
You can check your forearm position by having a friend place an alignment stick or golf club against your forearms. It should point in a line parallel with your intended putt.
With both hands gripping the putter correctly, you’re going to take the guesswork out of wrist stability. Keeping the wrists immobile allows you to create a simple, repeatable pendulum-style stroke that uses the shoulder muscles.
With these fundamentals and tools, hopefully you’ll be making more putts, gaining confidence on the green and enjoying playing golf.