How tightly we grip your putter is very personal. It really depends on your stroke and tempo when putting. Personally, I grip my putter with a loose grasp and keep it very consistent through my entire putting motion. There really is no right answer as to putter grip pressure, it is something that you have to decide for yourself. There are, however, some aspects of the putting stroke that are must be followed; yet pressure on the putter is not really one of them.
My putter grip follows Kellie’s rule of a consistent pressure most of the time. However, because I generally have a gentle grip I have found that it does not work very well for putts over 40 feet. I know that this distance seems arbitrary, yet I can tell you that I notice a significant need for a tighter grip to keep my swing tempo.
The longer the putt, the more I increase the pressure on my lead (left) hand. I find that I do not have to swing out of my shoes by gripping just a bit tighter. This slight change in my putter grip pressure helps make for solid contact. The ball pops off the putter face with more zip and something I learned to control over the years of practice.
If you have not given it much thought, I have a recommendation that might work to establish the proper putting pressure for you. Stand over your ball in your normal putting stance. Now lock your wrists and elbows and stand straight up. You will find that your putter is sticking straight out. Have someone pull the putter out of your hands. If your putter pops out of your hands, then that is the right pressure. If you are having a tug-of-war with your putter, it might me time to revaluate how tightly you are holding on.
Over the years, I have worked on my putting grip often. I have changed many times, but have settled on the grip I use now and would not give it up for anything. I know that my grip pressure is a large part of my putting success in the last 10 years and if you give some attention, it might make a difference in your overall scores.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!