Rory McIlroy was thumped 6&5 by Ian Poulter in his first match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday and the four-time major winner put his old putter back in his bag, but with a brand new grip that he has never used in his career.
The Northern Irishman had taken his TaylorMade Spider X putter out and switched it for the brand's TP Juno putter, a blade model that provides more feel than his mallet.
After missing the cut at The Players Championship, McIlroy has turned back to the trusted Spider X range, using what looks to be the new HydroBlast putter, but with a SuperStroke Pistol GP grip.
SuperStroke grips are designed to enable golfers to lock in their upper hand position, which helps maintain an even grip pressure and create a more consistent and stable putting stroke.
McIlroy's game has lacked any sort of consistency as of late and his putting has been one of the biggest problems, with the 31-year-old slipped to a tie for 105th in the PGA Tour's Strokes Gained Putting statistics, while his distance control has also been a major factor in his recent struggles.
In an attempt to find the form that once made him the No.1 player in the world, McIlroy has turned to renowned golf coach Pete Cowen, who works with some of the biggest names in the game and has helped players win major championships.
Cowen has warned golf fans that McIlroy won't be back to his best overnight and one of the key things he will be focusing on is making sure McIlroy's misses only go one way, not both, which is something he currently struggles with.