Michelle Wie ‘Googled’ new putting grip

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Michelle Wie has revealed she used Google when opting for her new putting style.

For the past three years, the 27-year-old has used the unconventional ‘table-top’ stance (below), which helped her to victory at the 2014 US Women’s Open.

But, after a disastrous 2016 – where she had just one top ten finish in 25 events and saw her world ranking plummet to No.182 – was followed by another missed cut in the Bahamas two weeks ago despite hitting 34 of 36 greens, it was time for a change.

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“My coach (David Leadbetter) and I have been working on it, just trying to be a bit more flowing, a bit more athletic,” said Wie ahead of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

“I stuck with the table-top for very long, and sometimes you just need a different feel. I’m trying it out and it feels comfortable.”

Wie is now trying out a more traditional stance coupled with a new, ‘claw’ grip (below) similar to Sergio Garcia’s.

But how did she decide on that particular grip? A simple Google search, of course.

“I’ve tried every single type of claw in the last two weeks that I was practising, but this feels good,” she added.

“I definitely Googled the claw, I Googled everyone. I looked at Phil’s (Mickelson’s) claw, Sergio’s claw, I tried everything out.

“It’s amazing how you can make putts doing pretty much anything, and this feels the most comfortable to me, so we’ll see.”

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