Golf Putting Grip: How to Hold Your Golf Arms at Address when Putting



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Ted Norby, Director of Instruction for the National University Golf Academy, explains how the shaft and the forearms need to work together in the putting stroke. To discuss this golf tip with other golfers and share your own, leave a comment below. We look forward to your feedback.

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I’m Ted Norby, Director of Instruction for the National University Golf Academy. We’re going to talk a little bit about putting today and specifically how the shaft and the forearms need to work together in the putting stroke. Our setup allows us, or puts us in a position, so that whether I use my shoulders or my left hand or my right hand doesn’t really matter what you feel is making the stroke, but what I do want to have happen is that the shaft and my forearms work together. So what I want to have happen is have the shaft of the club kind of working up into my forearms. What I don’t want to do is have a big angle one way or the other. What most people do is they take a normal grip, they kind of straighten their arms out a little, and as soon as I create this angle this way in my putting stroke, anything my forearms do doesn’t translate directly to the shaft of the club. So what I need to do is get the shaft into my forearms. Easy way to do this, let your arms kind of rest against your rib cage. Hold the club out at about belly high, belt buckle high and then feel like you let the weight of the club head droop below your hands. Your wrists are actually going to bow out just a little bit. If I allow my wrists to bow out standing up here it’s going to feel like the club head is really low in relation to your hands. But then if I bend over to my posture you’re going to see that the shaft of the club runs right up into my forearms. Now if I square up my shoulders and my forearms down the target line the shaft of the club had to stroke on that line also. So what I don’t want to have happen is have a lot of angle this way or there check yourself in the mirror, go through this little drill where you kind of let your arms relax and then the club head droop. Bend over into your posture, and just look in the mirror and see that the shaft of the club is equal to your forearms. Then all you need to do from there is allow the forearms to swing under your shoulders and the club head and the shaft are going to go on line. Get your shaft and your forearms to work together, you’ll make a lot more puts.

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