Perez changes iron shafts, putter, putting grip

Pat Perez changed the shafts on his irons, returned to an old putter and changed back to a conventional putting grip this week.

Is that all?

“Just those (three) things,” he said with a laugh.

The results, so far, have been impressive.

Perez shares the early clubhouse lead at 9 under during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Looking to shake things up this week, Perez switched to KBS shafts in his TaylorMade TP irons.

“They keep the ball down a little bit lower, which I like,” he said.

That was a minor change compared to his putting game. Fed up with his inconsistency on the green, Perez benched an Odyssey putter and grabbed an 8-year-old Scotty Cameron Del Mar putter he used in his early days on Tour.

The most drastic change of all? Perez abandoned the cross-handed grip he typically uses and tried putting with a conventional grip for the first time in four years at the suggestion of his coach, Mike Abbott.

“(Abbott) said, ‘You need to get your head behind the ball and you need to get squared up,’ “ said Perez, explaining that his head was too far forward with a cross-handed grip. “I said, ‘Whatever, I’ll try it, see how it goes.’ ”

He experimented with the conventional grip for the first time on Sunday. So far, so good: Perez, who ranks 104th in putts per round (29.57) took 26 putts in the first round and 27 in the second.

Said Perez: “Each day it’s just gotten a little more comfortable.”

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