On the finish of each season, when all of the year-end stats are formally within the books, Nick Kumpis of Smartline Placing beings his annual custom: He goes by way of every of the winners from the 12 months and sees, fairly merely, the fundamentals of what every of them are doing. How they grip the membership, the putter they’re utilizing.
It at all times gives an fascinating have a look at what’s common on tour, so let’s have a look his posts this 12 months.
What grip type are professionals utilizing?
As you’ll be able to see, when it comes the type of grip, nearly 80 p.c of tour winners — and 9 of the highest 10 in SG: Placing from final season — use a traditional, reverse overlap grip. This entails putting your path hand under your lead hand, with the index finger of your lead hand resting on high of the pinky and ring finger of your path hand. The claw grip is conspicuously absent this yea, and arm-lock placing isn’t represented as a lot, both.
“Just one arm lock with Bryson DeChambeau not successful this 12 months,” he writes. “All the time fascinating to see what the very best gamers are doing. Would have thought the alternate grips would hold growing however not this 12 months. Conventional grip nonetheless the King.”
What putter sort are professionals utilizing?
A spot the place the tour is extra evenly divided, nonetheless, is in the kind of putter they use. As Kumpis outlines, the winners had been comparatively evenly cut up between blade, mallet and wingback type putters. Certainly, when you take into account the latter two kinds the identical, they arrive out forward.
“In case you mix the mallet and wingback that sort would have extra wins with 31 complete,” Kumpis writes. “So mallet sort putters had extra wins final 12 months versus blade putter. Would possibly do yet one more with model of putter from the winners.