Why Consider the Cross-Handed Putting Grip?
There a quite a few top players that putt cross handed, very good putters, one being Jim Furyk as well as others. Some are even starting as youngsters and staying cross handed. It used to be that if you were yipping a little bit or had some real problems with the normal putting grip that you would switch to cross handed putting. Now some players, Richie Ramsey from Scotland won the United States Amateur putting cross handed and putted great. I see more young players putting cross handed. What this does for you is it solidifies the hands. It makes it much tougher to break down. Since we play all our other shots with the right hand low it is a departure, it is a change, but it does allow you to do a few things better.
- Number one the shoulders are more level at address, which allows you to have a more level stroke and a lower angle going through, which is a good thing.
- The grip for the cross handed putter can differ to some degree. You can overlap some fingers this way or you can overlap the other way, you can get your thumbs how I prefer them, down the center of the shaft this way. But it is pretty much a comfort feeling.
- To me it feels like the left hand and the left arm and the left shoulder just work in unison. They just rock back and rock through and nothing really changes.
- I feel that it is really good for short putting in particular because there is no break down.
So I set up, I still keep the ball forward in my stance. I lean a little weight forward to the left, which is a great little tip for staying low through the putt, and just rock back and through. Not too much can go wrong. It is a real good alternative stroke.