The most famous putter in golf has a new addition this week at the U.S. Open.
Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter, which he has had in the bag for 14 of his 15 major titles, and which recently was returned to the mix following a trial with a longer version at the PGA Championship, has a slightly different look this week at Winged Foot.
Eagle-eyed equipment junkies such as Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall noticed that Woods changed the grip on his putter ahead of the event.
Woods has used a rubber PING Blackout grip on his putter for years, but opted instead for a Lamkin Deep Etched Pistol cord grip this week.
Woods, who has battled the flatstick over the past few months, would rank 183rd in strokes gained: putting had he had enough rounds to qualify for the stat.
The new grip harkens back to a style he used in his early years on the world stage, both at Stanford and on Tour. It also has ties to one of Tiger’s closest putting confidants, Steve Stricker, who uses a similar grip.
How it will impact his putting this week remains to be seen, but we’ll begin to find out on Thursday when he tees off alongside Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa.
Article originally appeared on: Golfwrx.com