How to Grip a Putter Like Tiger Woods

By M.L. Rose
Tiger Woods displays his trademark putting grip at the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia.
Tiger Woods displays his trademark putting grip at the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia.

While Tiger Woods is certainly a long hitter, his short game has been a key factor in his success, particularly in major tournaments. Most notable was his 2008 U.S. Open victory, in which he sank a 65-foot eagle putt in the third round, then forced a playoff with a 15-foot putt on the tournament’s 72nd hole. While Woods tweaked his putting grip in late 2011, the style he’s employed for most of his career has certainly served him well. In 2008, Woods termed his grip “conventional.”

If you are right-handed, place your left hand at the top of the club, with the handle running under the butt of your left hand and your thumb pointing directly down the handle.

Place your right hand below your left on the club, making sure the back of your right hand is parallel to the back of your left hand, while your right thumb points directly down the handle.

Place your left forefinger across your right hand, with the fingertip lying between the third and fourth fingers of your right hand. In 2008, Woods told "Golf Digest" he overlapped his fingers this way “to provide unity."

Use medium pressure on the handle.

About the Author

M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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