Cross Handed Putting Grip
A lot of golfers work on their putting grip. It is one of the most important parts of putting, but some golfers seem to ignore how a change could benefit them. The putting grip is different from the grip you use to swing your woods or irons, but is just as important as your setup and stance. Some golfers are going to the cross-handed putting grip to stop them from breaking down their wrists.
The most common putting grip is the reverse-overlap grip. This putting grip has the golfer placing their entire right hand to the club, with the grip of the club in the palm of their right hand. They then place the left hand above the right hand and overlap the first two or three fingers of the left hand over the right hand. This is for right-handed golfers, left-handed golfers do the opposite.
This allows the golfer to use their dominant hand, in this case for a right-handed golfer, to control direction and speed, while using their left hand to stabilize the right hand during the putting stroke. This is a good putting grip, but a golfer can have a problem using too much wrist action with this grip.
To help correct this problem, golfers are moving to the cross-handed grip, which is just the opposite. Instead of having the left hand higher than the right hand and overlapping the right hand, golfers are moving the left hand below the right hand and overlapping the left hand with the right hand. This is for right-handed golfers, of course.
This type of grip is better for experienced golfers and may not be the best grip for beginning golfers. When putting using the cross-handed grip, the golfer will drive down more during his or her putting stroke, then he or she does with the reverse-overlap grip. This can mess up a beginning golfer. However, one of the benefits of the cross-handed putting grip is that is squares the shoulder more to the putting line.
A couple of tips you need to keep in mind when implementing the cross-handed putting grip. The first, and most important, is the placement of the golf ball in your stance may have to be changed. Take your typical stance. As you look at the placement of the golf ball, see if you are square with the putting line. If you are not, move the golf ball back in your stance, 1 inch at a time, until you find your shoulders perfectly square with the putting line. This is where you need the ball to rest in your stance before making your putting stroke using the cross-handed putting grip.
Now take some putting strokes and see if the ball travels down the putting line. If your golf ball goes off-line, whether inside or outside the putting line, adjust the distance between your feet. Either open or close your stance until you find the ball traveling on the putting line each time you strike the golf ball.
These two tips will help you decide which setup to use during your putting stroke when using the cross-handed putting grip. Remember, to practice this new grip several times before using it during a round of golf. Once you have installed this new grip, do not give up on it too quickly. Continue to practice it and use it during your rounds of golf. As you get more comfortable using the cross-handed putting grip, you will find that your putts stay more on-line and you might even improve your speed control.