I was always a good putter, but very streaky. I tried everything—split grip, long putter, left hand low. When Skip Kendall showed me [the Claw], I looked at him like he was crazy. At first I used it from four feet in, then eight feet and then, after a month, from everywhere. My grip's a little different from Mark Calcavecchia's—I have all four fingers on top instead of two, I think, for Calc.
I used 10 fingers, like a baseball bat, until I learned to interlock when I was eight. I've held it the same way ever since. I see this all the time at pro-ams: Someone will have to bend it around trees, or hit a high bunker shot. I'll say, "You need to close it down, or open it up," and they simply turn their hands. You should turn the club, then grip it again with your normal grip.
Yeah, I have a strong grip—I like to hit the ball right to left. I weaken my left hand for bunker shots. Palmer's instructor, Neil Wilkins: "The first time Ryan came to me, I said, 'I want you to stop regripping.' The instant before he took the club back, he moved his right hand down into a much stronger position—it was his swing trigger. No wonder he fought a hook."
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