Sergio and Justin Rose are doing it right when it comes to putting

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You may have noticed that in the last few years Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and several others top PGA Tour players have changed to putting styles known as “The Saw” or “The Claw” or “The Pencil Grip.” These styles look a little strange compared to more traditional putting grips, but there’s a good reason why some of the best players in the world are using them.

What they’ve found is that all they need to do is take a solid grip with their lead hand to stabilize the putter and then they can slip their trail hand on the putter the way it hangs naturally. As Sergio has proven, it can result in much more consistent putting.

You may be saying, “Those grips don’t look natural!” Anatomically speaking, however, they are. The video explains how to you can putt better with the hottest putting style on the PGA Tour. Enjoy!

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Shawn Clement is the Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn Clement was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee and was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet with 65 K subscribers on YouTube and 29 millions hits.

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  1. What a ridiculous article. Rose and Sergio are two of the worst putters o tour statistically. They are good at mkaing piutts because they hit it close. When you adjust for starting distance, they stink.

  2. Hurts my back just looking at the way you’re holding your weird posture, it looks like you’re straining to hold that position. Looks totally unnatural, and looks nothing like the way Sergio stands at the ball.

  3. My problem with conventional putting grip was I would either decelerate or add the hit to the stroke. With the claw I noticed my right arm was away from my body as though I was shooting pool with a cue. This method has freed up my stroke becoming longer and smoother. Very hard on super long putts but overall I recommend this stroke.

  4. So you say these grips give you the feeling of “one solid unit” and a “one piece” swing. And that’s not what you can do with a conventional grip? Yeah…. right. And I suppose Tiger or Jack or so many others throughout the history of golf using the conventional way were loose and flippy and flimsy?!! Ergo the shank rating…

  5. To say Serg and Justin have it right is a joke. They are both crappy putters (Serg especially). The technique may be good but these two are poor examples of players using it. Simple as that…

  6. Eventually, everyone will figure out the “mouse” I use. It’s way more accurate for anyone who grew up using a mouse.

    Superstroke, left hand under, right hand on top like holding a mouse. Total control.

  7. I put a super stroke slim 3.0(after extensive trials) on my putter and went back to conventional grip…putting better than ever. I suggest getting fit for length, loft, lie, and finding the best grip to fit your hands.

  8. You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. Feel the flow. Feel it. It’s circular. It’s like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and AROUND. It’s circular. Circle, with the music, the flow. All good things.

  9. Lead hand does everything…Trail hand is just there for show

    It’s as close to one-handed putting as you can get without looking “weird”

    Ironically, it feels more natural than a standard putting grip

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