Frank and Valerie,
I really enjoy reading your weekly tips and commentary, and seeing your video each week.
After watching the BMW play-offs I think that Tiger is losing his edge because of his putting, or is it that he is now up against some really good talented players?
I also see that Phil is using a claw grip. Do you have any comment about Tiger’s putting and Phil’s claw?
I am pleased that you are enjoying our weekly Q&A.
Let me tell you that Tiger has one of the best putting strokes on the Tour, followed closely by Dustin Johnson and a few others.
Our online putting instruction course covers the fundamentals of putting and is based on solid mechanics and scientific principles. Tiger’s putting mechanics fit into what we believe, and our research indicates this is the ideal putting stroke. I do think his rhythm needs a little work but when he reads the green correctly and focuses there is no better putting stroke. Yes, he is up against some very talented golfers who have a lot of confidence and this is hard to beat.
As far as Phil is concerned, we find that many golfers who have fighting hands — i.e. their hands are vying for dominance during a putting stroke, leading to inconsistent putting – go to a claw grip, which temporarily resolves the problem. It is not a grip we recommend but does work for a while and allows some golfers to regain their confidence. There are other ways to solve the dominant hand problem, which are more permanent solutions.
Jeff, I hope this helps gives you something to consider.
Frank & Valerie
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