Insider Interview: Perfect Putting Grip
by Putterzone's Sean Weir
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.
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