One way to beat the “Anchor” ban – Try the “Gator Grip!
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There are going to be many choices for those golfers who previously anchored their putters.
One of those choices is covered here by Steve Scott, head professional at Paramount Country Club in New City, N.Y. He calls it his “Gator Grip,” and I really like it. Particularly for amateurs, it prevents a fault I see almost every day in my teaching – the breakdown of the lead wrist through impact. (and the reason a lot of golfers went to the anchored stroke in the first place)
For those of you up north who are snowbound (or soon to be snowbound), this is a great time to start working on this on your carpet at home. Find a comfortable style for you, do it repeatedly until you can do it with your eyes closed, and by spring, you will be ready to go. Thanks also go to Golf Digest for this article!
We all know the USGA has made it illegal to anchor the club to your body during the putting stroke. But what a lot of golfers don’t know is how they’re going to putt if they’ve been anchoring and now can’t.
Three years ago I came up with a grip that helps stabilize the stroke, like anchoring does. I call it the Gator Clamp because you use your right hand to clamp the top of the grip against your left forearm (above). Your right hand looks like an alligator chomping on your left arm. (Truth is, it’s the Gator Clamp because I played for Florida, and we Gators love our mascot.)
It was a long road of yip remedies that brought me to the Gator Clamp.
You might remember me playing Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur final. Why didn’t I turn pro? Actually I did, but I struggled with my putting. I’ve had some form of the yips since I was 19. So it was a long road of yip remedies that brought me to the Gator Clamp.
To give it a try, start with a slightly longer putter, called a mid-length putter. Place the butt of the grip against your left forearm. This will arch your left wrist slightly and get the grip running up the lifeline of your left palm, both of which stabilize the putterface. This also will tilt the shaft toward the target, so it’s good to get a putter with some loft—mine has 6 degrees.