If you play golf, and like Phile Mickelson, you must know he is one of 15 golfers in the history of the sport to win at least three of the four professional majors. The only major that has eluded him is the U.S. Open. Mickelson has finished runner-up in the U.S. Open a record six times.
Yes, it is long time no see Phile’s calw of putting grip since his first claw made in 2002. And this time, he will use it again to make a big change for this major and very important open. He really value this chance to play U.S. Open game.“This is giving me a chance to put the best roll on the golf ball,” he said.
While also acknowledging that this move may be temporary, Mickelson said that he is more confident on 5- to 8-footers, the range that is so critical at the Open. The claw grip – in which the bottom hand comes off the putter – allows Mickelson to have lighter grip pressure, to create a softer roll on the ball, and to eliminate some of the “hit” or “pop” in the stroke.
This, of course, is a man who has won tournaments with two taylormade r11s drivers and no titleist sm5 wedges, five wedges and something called a Phrankenwood. Now, on the eve of arguably the most important tournament of his career, Mickelson revealed that he will at least begin this 114th U.S. Open with a tweak to his putting grip – he’s returning to the claw.
Mickelson used the claw grip during a final-round 72 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, a tournament, he said, that he should have won “by eight” if he had been putting “decent.” For the season he is ranked 103rd in strokes gained-putting. “Right now the game plan is ‘X’, but it could be ‘Y’ in a matter of minutes,” he said.
Some people may regard his action this time as risk. But if you think this move is risky, consider what Mickelson did in 2002. He changed the loft on all of his irons after the first round at Bethpage Black, and he and caddie Jim (Bones) Mackay “had a heck of a time” trying to pull a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter 2014 for the next 54 holes. The unorthodox decision resulted in the second of his record six runner-up finishes at the year’s second major. Then things changed into good result.
Therefore, sometimes, you need to take some changes and fresh ideas. Thanks to his change or we can say innovation, he finally won the game. Will he be still so lucky this time? Let’s look forward to his performance.