Mickelson sticking with claw putting grip at BMW


CARMEL, Ind. – The “claw” is beyond experimental now for Phil Mickelson.

He said the new putting grip is suiting him so well, he’ll stay with it again this week at the BMW Championship.

“I don't see me going back any time soon,” Mickelson said after Wednesday’s pro-am at Crooked Stick. “I really like it.”

After a poor putting performance in the second round at The Barclays two weeks ago, Mickelson switched to the claw grip in the third round and posted a 4-under-par 67. He used it again at the Deutsche Bank Championship last week, where he tied for fourth, his best finish since tying for third at the Masters back in April.

Mickelson was sixth in strokes-gained putting at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He’s also sixth in that category for the season but hasn’t been happy with his putting this summer until switching to the claw.

“It's helped me with short putts, and then one of the other side effects has been the touch on longer putts has been great,” Mickelson said. “On fast greens, it is even better, because of the softness of my bottom hand. It sits very lightly on the putter, and my touch is better.”