No putting grip is a cure for the yips, but the claw helps keep the hands, elbows and shoulders firm—especially on the dominant right side—and this steadiness promotes a pendulum stroke and reduces wrist action. Here's how to get a grip on the claw.
1. Hold the putter solely with your left hand using a standard grip.
2. With your right arm hanging loosely at your side, stretch the right thumb so the webbed area between the thumb and the forefinger is taut and each finger on the right hand is flat and extended.
3. Rotate the right hand so that the fingers point toward the ground and the webbed area between the thumb and forefinger faces the putter grip.
4. Slide the right hand toward the target so the web between the thumb and forefinger gently touches the grip (picture!). Be sure to keep the fingers extended and flat, and keep some bend in the right elbow.
The claw promotes two keys to good putting: lining up with your eyes over the ball and keeping your hands directly below your shoulders (picture 2).