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They Invented What? (No. 56)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 18, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,616,089:  Method of putting. 

  putting

What is claimed is:

1. A method of gripping a putter comprising the steps:

gripping a putter grip with a dominant hand;
placing a non-dominant hand over an interior wrist portion of the dominant hand behind a thumb of the dominant hand;
resting a middle finger of the non-dominant hand on the styloid process of the dominant hand;
pressing a ring finger and a little finger of the non-dominant hand against the back of the dominant hand;
pressing the palm of the non-dominant hand against a forward surface of the putter grip as the non-dominant hand squeezes the dominant hand.

2. A method of gripping a putter as recited in claim 1 further comprising the steps of:

placing a thumb on the non-dominant hand on a forearm of the dominant hand; and
adjusting the orientation of a putter blade by moving the thumb on the non-dominant hand clockwise or counter-clockwise with respect to the forearm of the dominant hand.

3. A method as recited in claim 1 wherein the putter grip has a front surface that is flat, and the palm of the non-dominant hand presses against the flat forward surface of the putter grip.

4. A method of gripping a putter as recited in claim 1 wherein the dominant hand is positioned between two to four inches below a top end of the putter grip.

5. A method of putting comprising the steps of:

gripping a putter having a shaft length of at least 32 inches by gripping a grip of the putter with a dominant hand;
placing a non-dominant hand over an interior wrist portion of the dominant hand behind a thumb of the dominant hand;
resting a middle finger on the non-dominant hand on the styloid process of the dominant hand;
pressing a ring finger and a little finger of the non-dominant hand against the back of the dominant hand;
pressing the palm of the non-dominant hand against a forward surface of the putter grip as the non-dominant hand squeezes the dominant hand; and
stroking the putter to impact a golf ball with a blade of the putter.

6. A method of gripping a putter comprising the steps:

gripping a putter grip with a right hand;
placing a left hand over an interior wrist portion of the right hand behind a thumb of the right hand;
resting a middle finger of the left hand on the styloid process of the right hand;
pressing a ring finger and a little finger of the left hand against the back of the right hand;
pressing the palm of the left hand against a forward surface of the putter grip as the left hand squeezes the right hand.

7. A method of gripping a putter as recited in claim 6 further comprising the steps of:

placing a thumb on the left hand on a forearm of the right hand; and
adjusting the orientation of a putter blade by moving the thumb on the left hand clockwise or counter-clockwise with respect to the forearm of the right hand.

8. A method as recited in claim 6 wherein the putter grip has a front surface that is flat, and the palm of the left hand presses against the flat forward surface of the putter grip.

9. A method of gripping a putter as recited in claim 6 wherein the right hand is positioned between two to four inches below a top end of the putter grip.

10. A method of gripping a putter comprising the steps:

gripping a putter grip with a left hand;
placing a right hand over an interior wrist portion of the left hand behind a thumb of the left hand;
resting a middle finger of the right hand on the styloid process of the left hand;
pressing a ring finger and a little finger of the right hand against the back of the left hand;
pressing the palm of the right hand against a forward surface of the putter grip as the right hand squeezes the left hand.

11. A method of gripping a putter as recited in claim 10 further comprising the steps of:

placing a thumb on the right hand on a forearm of the left hand; and
adjusting the orientation of a putter blade by moving the thumb on the right hand clockwise or counter-clockwise with respect to the forearm of the left hand.

12. A method as recited in claim 10 wherein the putter grip has a front surface that is flat, and the palm of the right hand presses against the flat forward surface of the putter grip.

13. A method of gripping a purer as recited in claim 10 wherein the left hand is positioned between two to four inches below a top end of the putter grip.

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