How to Grip a Putter: 9 Ways the Pros Use

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Accurate putting is widely considered the most pivotal golf skill, and the most intractable. While golfers generally hold their clubs the same way for a full swing, when it comes to rolling a little white ball into a hole roughly four inches wide, even the best players in the world contort their hands and arms into exotic grips to calm their nerves and foster consistency.

Here are nine ways that top golfers at this week’s Masters Tournament try to solve the eternal puzzle of putting:

Lee Westwood

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Lee Westwood: The Claw

Popularized about 25 years ago, the claw grip, in right-handed golfers, features a right hand that does not merge with a stabilizing left hand at the top of the putter, as was done in conventional grips for…

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