Your putter is used more than any other club during a round of golf. Hence, it is critical that you grip it in a way that best fits your game. I have experienced with all kinds of grips over the years, but always revert back to a standard grip. The only reason I tried different grips was to see if I would feel more confident or see any improvement to my results. I never did, so back to the basics is worked for me. There are many different variations to holding your putter, but three basic ones is the best place to start if you are planning on making changes or just starting to develop your putting game.
If you are wondering what three grips I am talking about, well Rick Shiels has a short video that will definitely help.
I have tried all three grips and find that the lower left hand and claw grip throw my balance off when putting. It might have been a change of body position that I was opposed to, but I never really felt any benefit to making the change. So, I reverted back to the basic grip as shown by Shiels with some minor exceptions.
I do not extend my index fingers at all, I have a smaller and tighter grip because I find it more comfortable to grip the putter. You can see from the picture on the left that I have a two finger overlap between my hands. This hand position works for me because I find that my wrists and arms are lock in position, but I can still swing my putter freely with my shoulders. Basically, I engage my big muscles for putting. This technique was taught to me many years ago and has been successful ever since. This hand position works for me because I have practiced using it for 40+ years. Even when I have some putting woes, I never think of changing my grip.
Selecting the right putter grip is very important. It is one of the most personal aspects of golfing that many beginners do not spend enough time developing. It is definitely okay to experiment with different variations of your putter grip. However, once you have decided on what feels best, keep that as your foundation of your putting stroke moving forward. I know that there are differing opinions out there and I would love to hear them!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!