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Help Choosing A Putter - I Manipulate Putter Head With Hands


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#1 ElPresidenteGrande

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 10:23 AM

Over the last few years, I have had a real problem with my hands twitching the putter head at impact. I used to consider myself a good putter, but lately I have developed a twitch at impact that opens the clubface. Off the golf course, I suffer from an essential tremor for which I take medication, but it really didn't show up in my putting stroke until several years ago. I have used 3 putters over the past decade, but I am now looking to make a switch to something that is more friendly to sufferors of hand tremors. I have used the following putters, but none of them seem to reduce the amount of twisting at impact:

1. Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No.2
2. Yes! Sophia (Blade Tribute to Wilson 8802)
3. Guage Design By David Whitlam G2-Mill

All have had standard grips, with the exception of the Yes! Sophia. For the Sophia, I added weight to the end of the grip.

I have considered a SeeMore Centershafted Putter and a counterbalanced weighted putter. I've not really given much thought to an oversized grip, but would be willing to give it a try if it would work.

Any suggestions?


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:16 PM

Oversized grip would be a good place to start.

My mother who plays a lot (10 handicap at age 71) developed a twich while putting a while back, but she closed the face at impact. She fairly regularly takes lessons from a retired pro golfer who had her change to the claw grip. She was hesitant as she thought it felt awkward, but he pretty much forced her to keep at it.

I played with her during Easter and I have honestly never seen her putt this well! A huge difference with absolutely no tendency of twitching. She said it only too her a few days to get used to it and now she could never go back.

For me it feels super awkward, but I have only tried it for a few minutes now and then. You might want to give it a try, but if you do, you should probably give it a real shot for at least a few days.

Hope you find something that works for you!

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:37 PM

Have you thought about a mallet and big grip combo? Some of the new putters out there have stable forgiving heads. Big grip would help with grip pressure for sure and a little forgiveness can go a long way.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:40 PM

 Majors17, on 16 April 2018 - 03:37 PM, said:

Have you thought about a mallet and big grip combo? Some of the new putters out there have stable forgiving heads. Big grip would help with grip pressure for sure and a little forgiveness can go a long way.

This...Jumbo grip will do wonders for any sort of yips...MOI of the mallet works great in tandem too

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:08 AM

Thank you for the replies! I haven't tried the Jumbo Grip/Mallet combo yet. I have tried putting with the claw and it helped, but I really only viewed it as a temporary fix, as the problem should be aleviated as soon as I take my hands out of the putting stroke. I think the Jumbo Grip/Mallet might be the ticket. Because I already manipulate the putterhead, would a center-shafted or facebalanced mallet be a better choice than an offset mallet?


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:18 AM

You may find more or less offset sets up better for you, but I doubt one will reduce the twich more than the other. A heavier overall putter will mask the twitch to a certain degree though, as it takes more effort to manipulate it.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:49 PM

My problem with my stroke for as long as I can remember is being too handsy. Last week I was fit for an Edel torque balanced putter and wow! Aside from finding what head shape and lines allow you to aim properly, the fitter places a weight in the grip based on your stroke. For me, he put a 40g weight under my right hand. Instantly it took my hands out of the stroke!

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 09:53 AM

My TM Ghost Stingray CS putter is impervious to twisting at impact. Ridiculously high MOI to me.

Definitely try the mallet route.

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