Pat O’Brien almost needs no introduction on PutterZone, as we have been a fan of his here since the launch of the site seven years ago. Pat is a noted putting instructor to major champions such as Zach Johnson and many others. He is a longtime ambassador for SeeMore putters. He is a teaching professional at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. He was a close friend of the late, great Payne Stewart. He was also kind enough to serve as a technical adviser to our putting fitting book, Putter Perfection.
As if that’s not enough, Pat has now launched a new product designed to help you get a better grip on your putter. The Perfect Putting Grip ($19.99) is a label that you place onto your putter grip, showing you exactly where to place your fingers to achieve what Pat calls the “modern putting grip.” The label fits any size of grip. It is durable, yet easily removable once you feel you’ve mastered the grip. You also get a second label for when you need a refresher, as well as reference card showing you how to apply and use the label. An included QR code provides access to reference videos. Following is our exclusive interview with Pat O’Brien about the Perfect Putting Grip:
You are a proponent of what you call the “modern putting grip.” How does the modern grip differ from the traditional grip, and what makes it better?
The modern grip is based in the fingers, with the left or lead hand heel pad on top of the grip for leverage as it is in a regular golf swing. The traditional grip is based in the palm or “lifeline,” where the thumb pad is recruited for leverage.
Back in the day, so to speak, greens were grainy, slow and bumpy. They were common Bermuda grass. The style was to employ a wristy or pop stroke to get the ball rolling. In 1981, Augusta National switched to bent grass and that ushered in an agronomical revolution. Greens could now be faster and smoother. There are now several hybrid strains of Bermuda that achieve the same effect as bent but are more heat tolerant. So the style of putting has changed. Most good putters now are swingers and not hitters.
The easiest way to be a swinger is to free up your wrist joints, so the weight of the putter head can swing up on the way back and naturally fall down on the way through. A putter is essentially a weight on a stick, so this is how it is designed to swing. Since your heel pad has the leverage, the thumb pad can stay relaxed. The thumb pad is connected to the wrist joint, so it remains free. This is a biomechanically correct grip.
Click on the microphone below and listen to PART 2 from a great GolfTalk America interview (11:08 minutes) by SPi-Mike Hicks. Part 2 consists of Hicks talking about Payne Stewart's putting and their thought process leading up to and week of the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst.
Click on the microphone below and listen to PART 1 from a great GolfTalk America interview (14:12 minutes) by SPi-Mike Hicks. Hicks talks about PGA Tour caddies "inside the ropes" view of Caddy and TOUR player thoughts before and during the round of golf. Very interesting and great listen!
Hicks is not only a SPi putting instructor at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane, NC, where you can receive TOUR putter fitting and lessons with a SeeMore putter, but he also has just started CaddiesOnCourse.com. Caddies on Course is an exciting new concept in entertainment and motivational speaking. With over 25 years of experience as the right-hand-men to world-class golfers, our team of Caddies will enthrall your golfing fan guests with inside stories from life on the tour. All great raconteurs, they will share insights and reflections with your leadership teams, relating how lessons learned from interacting on the world sports stage can apply to your own teams, clients, members, or customers.
Caddies on Course is a unique, customizable experience that is guaranteed to leave attendees inspired, engaged, and informed. Programs offered include after-dinner presentations, coaching, Q&A, and guided golf tours suitable for conferences, leadership meetings, and events dedicated to sales teams, high-level customers, donors, and club members.
Hillsborough, NJ & surrounding area - SeeMore Putters Tech Event
- See the SeeMore Difference - Master fitter and leading putting instructor Paul Kaster will be on hand from 9-11am to show you the SeeMore difference. All in stock putters 40% off. Special orders 15% with a fitting. Custom fittings $30 (usually $50) on a first come first served basis.
SATURDAY - September 20th - 9-11am
Royce Brook Golf Club 201 Hamilton Rd Hillsborough, NJ 08844 609-306-5029
If you have questions, feel free to call PK. Bring yourself and one more!!