Rory McIlroy has decided to make a significant change to his game by switching to a cross-handed grip for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The world number three struggled with his putting during last week’s Honda Classic where he shot back-to-back rounds of 72 before missing the cut.
Following on from that showing, McIlroy has decided to switch things up in an attempt to gain more control over his putting stroke.
“It’s a drill I’ve been doing for a while,” said the 26-year-old.
“I feel like my left-hand controls my putting stroke and I felt over the past few weeks my right hand was becoming a little bit too dominant.”
He added: “It’s one of those things where the drill started to feel a little bit better than the real thing, so I’m just going to stick with it.”
Speaking after using the new technique during practice on Wednesday, McIlroy said that he saw the change as a long-term one.
“I feel like it’s something I’m going to stick with regardless of what the outcome is tomorrow or this week or next week,” he said.
“I really do feel like it helps me put a stroke on it that I want to. It’s a great feeling. I feel like it gives my putting stroke a bit more of a better rhythm, as well, a better flow. Look, if it doesn’t work right from the get-go tomorrow, you’re not going to see me on Friday morning putting conventional again. It’s something I’m going to stick with for a while.”