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Calling all claw/pencil/paintbrush putters


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#1 cmporto10

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:20 AM

I've recently started messing around with the claw technique, and have found some success on my carpet (for now). i feel it allows me to control the face better, thus me making a more confident stroke.

I plan I getting a putter fitting soon while using this technique, but until then, what's everyone who uses this technique rolling these days?


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:13 AM

Versa 1W Arm Lock. Basically same technique like Webb Simpson or Adam Scott.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 01:58 PM

When I go claw I find I putt best with an anser style putter. My normal overlap grip works best with a mallet for me.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 02:01 PM

I've had claw success with both TM Spider Tour and TM Balboa, as well as a BB-5 Bettinardi.  Basically anything with some toe hang.  Have not had great success with face balanced models.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 04:32 AM

The simple answer is - the same type of putter I used before switching to the claw.   I don't tend to use as much forward shaft lean as I did prior - so a degree less loft helps now.  And a bit more grip weight (~30 gm Tour lock butt weight) - but it's hard to say that change is specific to the grip change since I only discovered the concept of fitting grip side weight in the putter after the change to the claw.

The more detailed answer is that I've always preferred and Anser 2 style blade putter.


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:36 AM

View PostStuart G., on 05 February 2019 - 04:32 AM, said:

The simple answer is - the same type of putter I used before switching to the claw.   I don't tend to use as much forward shaft lean as I did prior - so a degree less loft helps now.  And a bit more grip weight (~30 gm Tour lock butt weight) - but it's hard to say that change is specific to the grip change since I only discovered the concept of fitting grip side weight in the putter after the change to the claw.

The more detailed answer is that I've always preferred and Anser 2 style blade putter.

I've been claw putting since 2011 and have gone back and forth on the counterbalanced grips.  I think it's probably just personal preference.  For me, having a pistol shape in the left hand has been critical - right now I'm using the SS Pistol GTR 1.0, and I've also really liked the generally unpopular Lamkin Sink.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 10:01 AM

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I've been claw putting since 2011 and have gone back and forth on the counterbalanced grips.  I think it's probably just personal preference.  For me, having a pistol shape in the left hand has been critical - right now I'm using the SS Pistol GTR 1.0, and I've also really liked the generally unpopular Lamkin Sink.

Agree it's very much personal preference.   I think I switched back around '07 '08 - when the putter head weights were still pretty light (at least for me, I was still playing a '91 Anser). It wasn't till I started using the newer and heavier heads that I started playing around with additional grip weight.   All I can say for sure right now is that the heavier the head, the heavier I prefer the grip side weight.    But that +30 gm's is really over a stock Ping AVS mid-size - so total butt weight is still only around ~90 gm.

I also find using a pistol type grip is critical.   I've got a Pistol GTR 1.0 on one of my back-ups and the jury is still out but not a big fan.  I'm still preferring smaller grips - like the AVS and other more traditional mid-size putter grips.   Haven't tried any of the Sink's yet.   The newer Sink Fit Skinny pistol looks promising.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 10:18 AM

Personally, I’m finding that a putter with a sub 350g head weight is working best for me. Just pulled the trigger on a WHP 3. Hoping it does the trick!

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 12:12 PM

I'm using a WHP #7 with a SS Flatso 2.0, no counter-core installed.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 02:40 PM

View PostStuart G., on 05 February 2019 - 10:01 AM, said:

View PostSheriffBooth, on 05 February 2019 - 09:36 AM, said:

I've been claw putting since 2011 and have gone back and forth on the counterbalanced grips.  I think it's probably just personal preference.  For me, having a pistol shape in the left hand has been critical - right now I'm using the SS Pistol GTR 1.0, and I've also really liked the generally unpopular Lamkin Sink.

Agree it's very much personal preference.   I think I switched back around '07 '08 - when the putter head weights were still pretty light (at least for me, I was still playing a '91 Anser). It wasn't till I started using the newer and heavier heads that I started playing around with additional grip weight.   All I can say for sure right now is that the heavier the head, the heavier I prefer the grip side weight. But that +30 gm's is really over a stock Ping AVS mid-size - so total butt weight is still only around ~90 gm.

I also find using a pistol type grip is critical.   I've got a Pistol GTR 1.0 on one of my back-ups and the jury is still out but not a big fan.  I'm still preferring smaller grips - like the AVS and other more traditional mid-size putter grips.   Haven't tried any of the Sink's yet.   The newer Sink Fit Skinny pistol looks promising.

The original 11" Sink Rounded was very much like the Pistolero, which for Cameron users would also be a great claw grip.  Of course, the original 11" Sink Rounded is now discontinued, and I'm not sure if any of the new stuff they are getting ready to release has a similar profile.

Another configuration tip that helped me a bit was having the putter be upright by a degree or two.  Seemed to help me with swing path.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 04:11 AM

View PostSheriffBooth, on 05 February 2019 - 02:40 PM, said:

The original 11" Sink Rounded was very much like the Pistolero, which for Cameron users would also be a great claw grip.  Of course, the original 11" Sink Rounded is now discontinued, and I'm not sure if any of the new stuff they are getting ready to release has a similar profile.

Another configuration tip that helped me a bit was having the putter be upright by a degree or two.  Seemed to help me with swing path.

Interesting.  Last fitting I found I needed mine a bit more upright as well (+2* for most or ~74*) but I had not previously considered that being attributed the claw grip (never had a putter fitting prior to changing).

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 09:59 PM

Any #9 style putter, with Superstroke GTR 2.0. Might try the new Taxion claw grip too.
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:20 PM

Just went to my local shop today. Had my WHP #3 bent to almost 74*. Was messing around with a 110g weight in the butt end and man, was rolling it pretty well.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 08:18 PM

Iíve been putting claw style for almost 15 years and have always used a Scotty Newport.  Last year I put a flatso 1.0 on it turned 45 degrees with the flat side aligned with the face.
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