Augista, Ga. – Accurate inserting is widely considered to be the most important golf skill, and the most attractive. While golfers generally keep their clubs in full swing, when it comes to rolling a small white ball into a hole about four inches wide, the best players in the world try to calm their nerves. And keep the arms in foreign hold. And spinach consistency.
Nine Ways to Tell Top Golfers This Week Masters tournament Try to solve the eternal puzzle of inserting:
Lee Westwood: The Claw
Popular about 25 years ago, right-handed golfers have a claw grip, a right-handed feature that does not merge with the stationary left hand at the top of the putter, as was the traditional grip for decades. The right hand branches out on its own, like the putter pinch claws between the thumb and index finger, which can make the right hand more passive in stroke.
Phil Mickelson: Left paw
Mickelson works with the right hand in most things he does other than golf, and his right hand, along with the pointed index finger (sometimes the pencil grip), becomes the top part of his version of the claw grip. The left hand is in the guiding position. Mickelson values claws because it makes it easier to have “a long, smooth stroke” on the fast greens of masters and tour events.
Adam Scott: Long Putter Claw
Scott is the only Masters champion to have used an older version of a long putter, which can be anchored against the chest. The revised rules forbid the top of the putter touching the body frame, but Scott adjusted with the grip of the lower claw of the right hand. He leaves the flag in the hole when inserted, which is not common.
Justin Rose: Modified Claw
Rose likes to see his left hand as the driving force of his stroke, and he often practices with his left hand. Her version of the claw has her two right fingers on the top of the shaft rather than resting sideways. Asked why he preferred this grip, Rose’s most basic, succinct answer was: “It sounds simple.”