Would you change your putting grip mid-round in a Major?
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Changing putting grips mid-round is something I certainly have done in my career.
If I have a poor or inconsistent putting round, I will not hesitate to change my grip to get something going. But changing grips continually between short, medium, and long putts is completely different, and Phil Mickelson did it in a Major Championship! He certainly has his reasons, so read on as Matthew Rudy of Golf Digest brings us this interesting article and asks the question, “Would you change your putting grip mid-round in a Major?
Whatever the reason was for Phil Mickelson’s second-place finish to Henrik Stenson, it wasn’t the putter.
Mickelson one-putted 35 out of 72 holes — second best in the field — and made only four bogies the entire week to go with 19 birdies and an eagle. His final score of 267 would have won every other major in history with the exception of one.
He did introduce an interesting quirk on the back nine Sunday, moving from the claw putting grip — with his lower hand turned sideways on the bottom of the grip — he had used for the entire tournament to that point to a conventional grip. Standing over a mid-length putt on the 16th, he started with a conventional grip and turned his hand around to the claw before pulling the trigger.