AUGUSTA, Ga. — Correct putting is broadly thought-about essentially the most pivotal golf expertise, and essentially the most intractable. Whereas golfers normally preserve their golf tools the similar means for a full swing, relating to rolling a bit white ball into a niche roughly 4 inches massive, even the best avid gamers on the planet contort their palms and arms into distinctive grips to calm their nerves and foster consistency.
Listed here are 9 methods during which excessive golfers at this week’s Masters Event try and clear up the eternal puzzle of putting:
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Lee Westwood: The Claw
Popularized about 25 years prior to now, the claw grip, in right-handed golfers, choices a correct hand that doesn’t merge with a stabilizing left hand on the excessive of the putter, as was carried out in customary grips for a few years. The correct hand branches out by itself, with the putter pinched claw-like between the thumb and forefinger, which can purposely make the right hand further passive within the stroke.
Phil Mickelson: Lefty Claw
Mickelson is right-handed in most points he does other than golf, and his correct hand, with a pointed index finger (commonly known as a pencil grip), turns into the excessive part of his mannequin of the claw grip. The left hand is within the guiding place. Mickelson values the claw on account of it makes it less complicated to have “an extended, smoother stroke” on the short greens of the Masters and tour events.
Adam Scott: Lengthy Putter Claw
Scott is the solely Masters champion to have used the older mannequin of a prolonged putter, which is perhaps anchored in opposition to the chest. Revised pointers forbid the excessive of the putter touching the physique physique, nonetheless Scott has adjusted with a right-hand low claw grip. He moreover tends to depart the flagstick within the hole whereas putting, which isn’t frequent.
Justin Rose: Modified Claw
Rose likes to contemplate his left arm because the driving drive of his stroke, and he usually practices putting alongside together with his left hand solely. His mannequin of the claw has his two correct fingers over the excessive of the shaft in its place of resting on the side. Requested why he prefers this grip, Rose had the simplest, succinct reply of all: “It feels less complicated.”