I am sure that most of us have tried about every putter grip imaginable. When we start to struggle with the putter, the grip is the easiest and cheapest thing to change. A putter grip should feel comfortable in your hands. It should also allow you to release the putter through impact. This will deliver consistent contact.
Earlier this year I was at the PGA Merchandise Show. I had a conversation with one of the reps from SuperStroke. I told him that I was really close to ripping my 3.0 grip off of my putter and changing putter companies.
I felt as if I couldn’t release the putter head. This was really messing with the speed on the putts. I was leaving a lot of putts really short and when I would hit one it would run 4 to 6 feet past the hole. I was terrible from 6 feet as well. I just had no feel.
He looked at me and said, lets figure this out. We talked for about 5 minutes about the feel and release in my hands. The 3.0 was restricting me from letting the putter flow through the impact area. I never had a chance to make a putt.
He suggest a couple grips for me to try. When I got fitted for the SIK Putter I put the 1.0 Pistol GT Tour grip on the putter. The first thing I noticed with the grip was how good it felt in my hands. Then when I swung the putter I realized what I was missing.
The 1.0 Tour is one inch in diameter. Compared to their standard 1.0 which is 1.1 inches in diameter. While that doesn’t seem like a lot it is a huge difference when it came to feel for me.
I finally felt my right hand release through the impact area. It allowed the putter head to come back to square at impact and hit the ball solid. When I got inside 6 feet I couldn’t miss. This allows you to feel more confident from long distance and be aggressive and know you will not 3 putt. Or worse run after it and hit it while it is moving like Phil.
I am not going to say that this is the perfect grip for you. I am going to say that it is the perfect grip for me. I am also going to say that if you are struggling with speed or accuracy you may want to look at changing out your grip. If you putt with a pencil or saw grip you may want something with a little more substance to it than the 1.0 size.
I used the CounterCore weight in the butt end of my putter to add weight to it. The CounterCore grips come standard with the 50g weight included. SuperStroke also has 25g and 75g weights. I prefer a heavier putter so this works for me. I do suggest trying your grip with and with out the core so you can find what works best for you.
If you buy a SupeStroke Putter grip and have never installed a putter grip we do suggest that you pay a trained professional to install it. Putter grips need to be straight on the putter in order to make sure the face is straight. If the grip is turned a 1/10 of an inch it will cause you to miss putts. Instillation is really important on a putter grip.
Dads Say So, putting is almost 100% mental. If you don’t feel confident over a putt you have no chance before you pull the trigger. Finding the correct grip is a great way to put you in the right frame of mind over it. SuperStroke has 10 different models of grips, all coming in different sizes, so there is one out there that is right for you. If you are looking to find the right grip for you, check out the display at your local golf shop and pick yours up. To find out more go to SuperStrokeUSA.com.