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#1 platgof

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:31 PM

Told a buddy years ago to use left hand low, and he loves it. Now I am going in that direction, and for a good reason. I am pulling short putts, and found out it is a natural reaction to the arms and wrist movement. When I put a putter in my hand and turn right and left, the face always wants to close naturally. When I have a short putt the ball always goes left on me for obvious reasons. So I used a left hand low grip, and the club face is neutral, naturally, meaning left and right wrist action is the same! For this reason I am going to start using it, and I also notice better pace control. Last week the short putts cost me dearly.

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 01:32 PM

I have been putting left hand low for 40 years. It always felt more natural than a conventional grip
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 02:07 PM

Switched to LHL 35 years ago ... best change in my golf game that Iíve ever made.

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:16 PM

I switched about 12 months ago for exactly the same reason. However I was confused about how to grip it LHL so one day after I played a round with a scratch player who was deadly LHL at my club I spent 2 minutes with him making sure I had the grip correct. Since that day my putting was immediately transformed to one of the best parts of my game. I barely need to practice it and I feel like I make most putts inside 6 feet.
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:37 PM

 ChrisO72, on 09 February 2019 - 09:16 PM, said:

I switched about 12 months ago for exactly the same reason. However I was confused about how to grip it LHL so one day after I played a round with a scratch player who was deadly LHL at my club I spent 2 minutes with him making sure I had the grip correct. Since that day my putting was immediately transformed to one of the best parts of my game. I barely need to practice it and I feel like I make most putts inside 6 feet.
Can you please tell me how you are gripping the club?


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 01:23 AM

Right handed golfer. Grip sits in palm of both hands. Thumbs down the front of the grip. All 4 fingers of left hand on the grip. Index finger of right hand sits on top of and in the groove between ring finger and smallest finger of the left hand. result is only 3 fingers of the right hand plus thumb are on the grip. These 3 fingers sit just above the wrist of the left hand. This position creates a slight bow of the left wrist and delofts the putter.

I was told that this left wrist position should stay constant throughout the stroke and this works very well.

Hope that helps not easy to describe in writing.

I also found for me that the superstroke slim 3.0 grip was just the right width to make all the above comfortable.
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:45 AM

I tried your grip and wrapped both index fingers under the grip, placing the right index under the left hand. I was having issues with the right index finger down the right side, but underneath, it was fine. My bad, i am doing it your way and it is great, thanks. I really like the distance control I get from this, amazing. I play a course with  fast greens, and a regular grip is murder.

Edited by platgof, 10 February 2019 - 08:48 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:58 AM

I found it necessary to place the right thumb on the left side, and this eliminated the closed face entirely.
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:46 AM

Went LHL about 2 years ago.  Would never go back.  When people ask why, I simply show them how the shoulders level out once you take the grip, and its a simple pendulum rocking from there.  Most see and get it, yet keep their traditional grip and miss 4 footers the rest of the season.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:14 AM

 ChrisO72, on 10 February 2019 - 01:23 AM, said:

Right handed golfer. Grip sits in palm of both hands. Thumbs down the front of the grip. All 4 fingers of left hand on the grip. Index finger of right hand sits on top of and in the groove between ring finger and smallest finger of the left hand. result is only 3 fingers of the right hand plus thumb are on the grip. These 3 fingers sit just above the wrist of the left hand. This position creates a slight bow of the left wrist and delofts the putter.

I was told that this left wrist position should stay constant throughout the stroke and this works very well.

Hope that helps not easy to describe in writing.

I also found for me that the superstroke slim 3.0 grip was just the right width to make all the above comfortable.

I grip it almost exactly the same way but a slight difference in the finger placement.  Instead of the index finger of right hand sitting on top of and in the groove between ring finger and smallest finger of the left hand, I reverse it and have the pinky finger of the left hand resting in the groove between the ring and pinky finger on the right hand.  

Still left hand low and the wrist of the left hand is still bowed but I've found doing it this way, with a light grip of the fingers, creates a slight angle in the wrists and if you maintain this angle throughout the stroke it gets the ball rolling on its intended target line very consistently, with good end over end roll.

Supserstroke 3.0 grip here as well.

Note, I'm a left handed golfer so I hope my explanation made sense.  I was trying to reverse it for right handed golfers since you are the majority :golfer:

Edited by diablocrusher, 10 February 2019 - 11:17 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:19 AM

Practice your longer lag putting.  It's stable for short putts, but even some of the pros say they switch back to conventional for long ones.

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