European Tour star Tommy Fleetwood reveals his top tips for using the claw putting grip. Should you change your grip for good?

Tommy Fleetwood on his claw putting grip

Fleetwood works with renowned putting coach Phil Kenyon, take a look at their advice for using the claw putting grip…

When breaking down my putting the one thing I’ve always struggled with was the rotation of the putter face. The stroke and path were good but I would then leave the putter face open or shut it down.

This meant the consistency of my start-line when putting was always poor. We tried a few different grips at the end of last year and I found I putted so much better with the claw grip.

Claw putting grip

Phil Kenyon said ‘are you alright using that?’, some people are funny but I’ve used it all year. I played badly earlier in the year and my putting kept me going.

The longer putts are generally going to be tougher but that comes round very quickly and it now feels weird gripping it conventionally. I put my hands on it ‘normally’ and it feels terrible.

The left hand goes on the grip as normal, then with the right hand the grip slots between the thumb and the index finger. Once that is rested in place there that is basically your grip.

Your right hand should rest slightly on the grip, it’s not really doing anything in terms of control. From there my left side is pretty connected so I just let the putt go.

Hannah Holden

Equipment and Instruction Editor

Hannah Holden is the Equipment and Instruction Editor here at National Club Golfer. If you’re looking to improve your game, by changing your golf swing or upgrading your golf equipment she’ll have the answers. As well as writing lots of features and reviews you can find her on our YouTube channel giving you insights on the latest rules, clubs and tips to improve your golf game. Hannah is a member at both Huddersfield and Alwoodley golf clubs. You will either find her here or driving up and down the country playing in a variety of elite amateur events.

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