Rory McIlroy Switching to Cross-Handed Putting Grip

March 2, 2016

Update: McIlroy confirmed at his pre-tournament press conference that he will be using a cross-handed grip for putting moving forward. “I practiced over the weekend just with left below right and it felt really, really good. I’m going to give it a try this week and see where we go with it.”

“I feel it’s something I’m going to sitck with regardless of what the outcome is tomorrow or this week or next week.”

Original story below.

Rory McIlroy is tinkering with his putting stroke.

Early Wednesday morning, McIlroy posted a video to his Instagram account of himself going through putting practice. Ho hum. But, the story here is that McIlroy was using a cross-handed grip, which is something new for the No. 3-ranked player in the world.

It remains to be seen if McIlroy will debut this stroke in competition at Trump National Doral this week, but it certainly is something to keep an eye on. Through three 2015-16 tournaments, McIlroy has, on average, lost strokes to the field putting. He currently ranks 189th on Tour in that category, so maybe it’s time for some change.

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Take a look at his adjusted stroke below.

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