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For an even stroke try an odd approach
Jack Nicklaus
April 01, 1968
For the last year or so Phil Rodgers has adopted a unique approach to putting, one that looks a little odd but basically makes a lot of sense. If you are having trouble taking the putter back and through on a straight line you might do well to try Phil's grip. As you may have noticed on television, Rodgers grips the putter with his hands spread far apart—the left at the top of the handle, the right almost down on the shaft. Since putting is primarily a right-handed stroke, Phil's grip gives him firm control of the putter throughout his stroke. It also permits him a firmer and more controlled hit at impact, especially for those important short putts that require a solid hit along a square line. I've never tried Phil's technique because I've never felt the need, but if you are having difficulty controlling putts, especially five- to 10-footers, you may get a pleasant surprise using the spread grip.
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April 01, 1968

For An Even Stroke Try An Odd Approach

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For the last year or so Phil Rodgers has adopted a unique approach to putting, one that looks a little odd but basically makes a lot of sense. If you are having trouble taking the putter back and through on a straight line you might do well to try Phil's grip. As you may have noticed on television, Rodgers grips the putter with his hands spread far apart—the left at the top of the handle, the right almost down on the shaft. Since putting is primarily a right-handed stroke, Phil's grip gives him firm control of the putter throughout his stroke. It also permits him a firmer and more controlled hit at impact, especially for those important short putts that require a solid hit along a square line. I've never tried Phil's technique because I've never felt the need, but if you are having difficulty controlling putts, especially five- to 10-footers, you may get a pleasant surprise using the spread grip.

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