Wednesday, 02 March 2016
Rory McIlroy lines up a putt  (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy lines up a putt (Getty Images)

Anytime World Number Three Rory McIlroy shares a video on social media, people take note.

In 2015, the Race to Dubai champion shared videos of his ankle injury rehab and then ignited rumours about his return to golf when he shared this video of his swing ahead of the US PGA Championship.

Today, McIlroy shared a video of some putting practice ahead of the year's first World Golf Championship event in Florida. It shows the four-time Major winner using a new, left-below-right putting grip.

Put some good work in the last few days, ready for the blue monster this week!

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

While McIlroy has struggled somewhat on the greens so far in 2016, notching one top five finish in four worldwide starts so far, he has ranked highly on The European Tour in his putting statistics in recent years.

In the eight years since he joined the Tour in 2008, McIlroy has ranked inside the top 25 in Putts per Greens in Regulation six times. In 2015, he ranked 18th, averaging 1.743 putts per green hit.

Rory Putts

Clearly McIlroy feels he needs to improve on the greens to regain the World Number One spot, a position he vacated in September last year.

During his last win, at the 2015 DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, he ranked inside the top five in both Putts per Round (28.3) and Putts per GIR (1.667), thanks to strokes like this one.

Will the new grip work this week? Stay tuned as he tees off alongside Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the first round at 11.32am (EST).


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