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Cross hand putting for Juniors


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#1 left hand low

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Posted 06 November 2016 - 10:36 PM

Obviously I'm a fan of left hand low for righties.  When is the right time to let them try it out?  I'm sure its a tough thing since they learn to hit the ball normal, then you want to switch their hands but I really think its a superior putting grip to conventional.  Thoughts?


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Posted 06 November 2016 - 11:12 PM

Isn't there a quote of Jack or Arnie saying they wished they had learned cross-handed?

Don't think there's any harm.  They should do what's comfortable and effective.  There's plenty of time to practice each.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 09:08 AM

My son is 11 and has been putting cross handed for over a year.  I think it helps.

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Posted 09 November 2016 - 01:32 PM

I see several good juniors putting cross handed these days.  My son at age 6 is doing a pencil grip, which I never thought would happen.

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 01:43 PM

My 8 year old son pushed all of this putts to the right so I switched him to left hand low like I do.  It is unbelievable how it straightened his putting stroke.  

Conventional right hand low just didn't work for him, he always left the face open through impact.  Left low seems to always keep the face square.

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 09:12 PM

I started putting cross handed when I was 10, and this helped me a lot. You have to be sure he is ready to change. It is different for everyone and he should decide if he likes it.
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 03:54 PM

Lucky to work with elite kids and juniors. When building or modifying a stroke pattern, I look at weakest skill. Then their framework around set-up and grip.  Will modify so player can improve essential putting skills:
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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:42 PM

Putting is personal preference so you just have to put the idea out there and if they like it they like it and if they don't they don't
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:14 PM

I had a student athlete that played cross handed throughout all phases of the game, except putting - really quite bizarre and difficult to coach. When his timing was on his ball striking was tough to beat; however, when things were slightly off it was anyones guess what would happen. Oddly enough, he could also play with a conventional grip, but lacked the confidence from having done it since he was early age.

So, how did he go down this road? The first time he grabbed the club was cross handed and he never looked back. He was successful at the high school level, but life got in the way (and he was tired of having people try to change his ways) and he left the game competitively.

At the end of the day - its all personal.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:48 PM

It was Jack Nicklaus who said that if he went back in time, he would have putted left hand low. This from probably the best clutch putter in history.

All that matters is results. Look at Jim Furyk.

It doesn't matter if you putt left-handed, cross-handed with your eyes closed wearing mittens with little pink hearts on them. If that's how you putt the best, do it.

If you want to look cool, look cool in the photo holding the trophy.

Edited by Soloman1, 18 March 2017 - 07:35 AM.

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 08:21 AM

My son's teammate in high school was putting with the left hand low.  He was missing everything.  When I watched him, I realized that he would aim and then at the last second before stroking it, he would shift his hands about 8 inches to the left and then stroke. Never mind reading greens, he was lucky to come within 2 ft of the hole on approach putts.  I brought it to the golf coach's attention and he had him get rid of the shift.  That improved things somewhat, but later, he switched back to conventional at the encouragement of my son and now started putting more controlled.  He at least went for 3-4 putting everything to 2 putts or less.

I am a big proponent of doing things that work.  If cross handed works, use it, when it doesn't after years, maybe its time to change.  Ironically this kid was going to golf pro lessons every week for 5-6 years, whereas my son had only 8 lessons in 8 years.

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:53 PM

It's whatever feels right in my opinion. Low hand controls the stroke as far as I'm concerned, and pushing with the right hand isn't as effective/consistent as pulling with the left hand (for righties). I have a junior I work with now who was struggling pulling putts, so I moved him to cross hand so he could pull with his low hand as opposed to pushing with the dominant hand. Only looked to work on this short time, and he liked it enough to continue putting cross handed through the summer.
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Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:21 AM

I've putted left hand low for decades and not once did I suggest to myself or my students to pull with the left hand. I know Stockton teaches this but for many people it is completely counter to how their brain and body work. In fact I have never suggested pushing or pulling in general but I would have people roll balls to the hole by hand. Guess which hand they use if they are a right. The reason left hand low works is that the left is stabilizing the the face and path as the right hand provides more of the effort. Again I don't suggest thinking about it but that it what is happening for most people.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:12 PM

My 6-year old putts left-hand low. Obviously, putting is personal preference, but we showed it to him and he took to it straight away.

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