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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.
“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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