Dear Mr. Ripp:
Dr Putt perceives that his readers are using pseudonyms in an effort to gently pull his leg. Rest assured that he does find the humor amusing. Moreover, he is exceedingly pleased to learn that those who support this column are achieving that elusive and all too infrequent state of "customer satisfaction." But enough back patting--on to your most welcome question. The traditional reverse overlap grip was appropriate for the dominant theory of putting back in the 1960s. One only needs a quick look at old tapes of Arnold Palmer and other pros playing in that era to ascertain that putting was generally accomplished by cocking and releasing the wrists. Today the dominant philosophy is to keep the wrists very firm and accomplish the swing by tilting the shoulders back and forth. This utilizes larger muscles that are less likely to break down under tension than the smaller muscles of the wrists and forearms.
As is meticulously described and pictured in the book you mentioned, the EOB grip is a combination of the reverse or cross handed grip and the grip developed by Bernhard Langer when he was seeking a cure for the dreaded "yips." Unlike Langer's grip, all fingers are on the grip and unlike the cross handed grip, the putter is trapped agaist the left forearm. The index finger of the lower hand is the real key to this grip. It acts as a lever with the last three fingers of that hand acting as the fulcrum. The upper hand simply goes along for the ride. The index finger and thumb point down the grip and the remaining fingers are trapped between the forearm and the grip by the lever action of the lower hand. The hands are slightly split because of the extended index finger of the upper hand. (You will note the Dr. Putt is using the terms upper and lower hands so as not to discriminate against those who are right lobe dominant.) Once in this position, the putter becomes an extension of the forward arm. All small muscles are neutralized and the swing is naturally accomplished by tilting the shoulders. The ball should be played in front of the forward toe so that it is struck slightly on the upswing. This also places the head slightly behind the ball, which improves visualizing direction. Those who are too monetarily challenged to purchase the text might look carefully at the pictures on the back cover of the book as shown at the EOB Website.
It is Dr. Putt's contention that employing the traditional grip in the modern swing is metaphorically like pumping the brakes on a car with a modern anti-lock braking system. Both actions are counterproductive because they were designed for a different technology. The modern one piece swing requires a grip that eliminates wrist action without eliminating the feel of the fingers on the club. Thus, dear reader, not only are you to be thanked for purchasing the product that places food on the table of all the little putts, but you are to be commended for being a pioneer in using a grip that matches the modern putting stroke.
Sincerely, Dr. Putt
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