Step 2: Pencil positioning
Do you remember working on the proper way to hold a pencil in elementary school? If you paid attention, then it’s going to pay off now when working on your golf game.
Before placing your right hand on the club, make a position with your fingers as if you are going to hold a pencil. For most people, the pencil is gripped with the thumb and index finger, and the rest of the fingers wrap underneath.
This is exactly what you need for the grip!
Place your hands in this pencil position, then hold the thumb and index finger on the side of the grip and the rest of the fingers underneath.
Step 3: Spacing of the hands
Some golfers like to create a lot of space between their hands in any type of claw grip or variation. With the pencil grip, most golfers keep their hands relatively close together. The pencil grasp does not require you to interlock or overlap your hands in order to get a proper grip on the club.
Step 4: The stroke
The first thing you will notice when you start to make a stroke with the pencil grip is the fact that the right hand has very little control. This is exactly the point!
The left wrist should stay stable and conduct the stroke. Keep your pinky finger on the right hand out of the way, and don’t let it grasp onto the club and start to change the grip technique.
At first, this weaker position of the right hand can be a problem for golfers on longer putts. You will need a more extended stroke; for some, it’s not a personal preference. However, when you focus on consistent wrist movement and keeping the putter on the proper path, there is plenty of power here for the amateur golfer to make long putts.
Benefits of the pencil putter grip
Now that you know how to use the pencil putter grip and your fingers and hands are in the correct position, you may wonder why this is a good method.
Less action in the right wrist
For right-handed players, even professional golfers, one of the issues that come up is the use of the right wrist and hand to control the putting stroke. This is common because it’s the player’s dominant hand. To avoid the control of the dominant hand, grips like the cross-handed grip, pencil, arm lock grip, claw style, and even the prayer have been created.
With the left hand in control, it’s easier to focus on the larger muscles and the golf ball and forget about the right hand.
Consistency on shorter putts
Short putts make a big difference in scoring, and on both slow greens and fast greens, it’s crucial to have a stroke that engages the upper body and keeps players consistent. The pencil grip improves the overall feel and stabilizes the putter shaft on the shorter putts.
Arc style or straight back and straight through
The pencil grip can be rigid enough to work for the straight back and straight-through style golfer, but it also has enough feel for a player to swing in an arc-style stroke. This versatility is essential.