Rory McIlroy is shaking things up.
McIlroy has switched to a left-hand low putting grip after losing a bit of confidence with the conventional method he has used most of his professional career and he says he intends to stick with the alternative grip going forward.
“I’m going to give it a try this week and see where we go with it,” McIlroy said Wednesday.
Think it’s a panic move?
Well, have you checked out his putting stats this season?
Here’s why McIlroy is changing the way he putts. He ranks:
– 189th in strokes gained putting;
– 196th in total putting;
– 184th in 3-putt avoidance;
– 155th from 3 feet;
– and 197th inside 10 feet.
McIlroy said the breaking point came during the second round of the Honda Classic last week when he missed a couple of shorter putts on his way to a missed cut. He could feel his right hand take over, causing him to pull putts, a bothersome trend this year that has led to a flat start on the PGA Tour.
It’s not uncharted territory for McIlroy, who putted left-hand low for a few events in 2008. He routinely practices using the left-hand low grip to accentuate his goal of pulling the putter through with his left hand.
“This one felt more natural to me because I’ve done it before and I do it quite a lot when I’m just practicing in drills,” McIlroy said. “I thought why not give it a go.
“I feel like it gives my putting stroke a bit more of a better rhythm, a better flow … If it doesn’t work right from the get-go, you’re not going to see me on Friday morning putting conventional again. It’s something I’m going to stick with for a while.”