Anchor Putting

Anchoring your putter is now illegal as of January 1, 2016. What are some of the options for players who anchored their putters? Many golfers who anchored their putters will be searching for new putters and or new methods of putting. One of the many reasons many golfers chose to anchor their putters was because of unsteady hands combined with a light putter head. They found with the longer shaft of chest putters required a heavier putter head. The heavier putter head of the chest putters combined with anchoring the grip helped to stabilize their putting strokes.

Many golfers with the yips found relief by anchoring their putters. One of the chief symptoms of the yips is when the right and left hands are no longer working together. The right hand flinches and the left hand collapses.

Now that I can no longer anchor my putter what should do? The next step for most golfers is to go cross-handed or the claw or one of the many right-handed grip options. For some people these changes work, but for many it is like putting a band aid on a severed artery. 

The true long term cure for the yips for many right-handed golfers is to switch to putting left-handed. When I make the suggestion, the familiar refrain I hear is “I can’t putt left-handed.” No you can’t putt right-handed, you have the yips. Anyone with an open mind can learn to putt left-handed.

The yips don’t normally transfer from your right-handed putting stroke to your left-handed putting stroke. The brain perceives left-handed putting as a completely different endeavor from right-handed putting. If you are seriously searching for a long term cure for the yips, please consider the Magic putter and it's left-handed option.

 

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