Benefits of finding the best putter grip for your needs
Through the grip, the player makes contact with the stick and ultimately with the ball. A good grip that is well adjusted to your physical and playing characteristics will facilitate your swing movement while giving you the feeling you get when making a blow. It is therefore a transmitter of sensations for the player, something essential to achieve accurate shots. To convey these sensations in the proper way, the grip must adapt perfectly to you – in principle, these include the texture, size, feel, etc.
In fact, the transcendence of a grip whose dimensions are not adequate for the player can enormously have an effect on the game. If the grip were large, it would hinder the natural rotation of the forearms, limiting the freedom when hitting the ball. This would probably lead us to slice (effect from left to right) or fade (same effect as slice but slightly less pronounced).
Many times, when trying to compensate for a grip that is too thick, we tend to take the shorter club, thus limiting the arc of the swing, losing speed, and distance with each stroke.
In the opposite case, in which the grip is small, the player will be forced to accentuate the rotation of the forearms and the action of the wrists, thus increasing the possibility of the blow moving to the left. With a small grip, it would not be surprising if the stick slipped out of your hands, making you produce really bad shots.
Features to consider when choosing a putter grip
The grip is the connection we have with the putter. Traditionally, the diameter of the grip is similar to that of the rest of the other poles, but there are options with fat grips and with different diameters. Asides the shape or size of the grip, there are several other important elements to consider when choosing a putter grip. Check them out in the points below.
Sizing and shape
In putter grips, you have options from the very small to the oversized. There is the jumbo or oversize, the standard sizes, the midsize, and the undersize. You can find this size range with models such as the Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G and the SuperStroke Traxion Tour Grip. However, they are generally manufactured in three different sizes: Jumbo, for large hands, Midsize, for medium hands, and Lady, for small hands; although intermediate measures can also be found.
Keep in mind that a thin grip will promote excessive hand action, which can damage the swing; while a thick grip for a small hand can cause loss of power.
The thinner the putter grip, the more you can handle the opening and closing of the shot. On the opposite side, a fat grip prevents manipulation with the hands but can decrease touch and control – especially with distance. The grip can also be narrow or tight. A narrow putter decreases hand manipulation and the shape-fitting grip – wider at the top and narrower at the bottom. This is more traditional and works well with blades-style putters for those with a bow punch.
There are many shapes and designs of grips: round, with a guide pattern, with perforations, etc. In terms of the core design of the grip, the best type to choose is the round one for the best ergonomic and secure grip.
Feel: Firm or soft
There are two types of feel when it comes to grip textures – the soft squishy feel and the firm hybrid material. If you want a firm grip, choose one that has a blend of rubber and cord. Golf Pride grips have this characteristic, and you can find it with the Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G or the Golf Pride Tour SNSR 104cc. Meanwhile, soft grips are mostly made of 100% rubber. A good example is the lady-sized Winn Ladies Dri-Tac Grip.
Grips made of leather that were wrapped around the stick have already gone down in history. Nowadays the vast majority of grips are made of rubber that, after being made, is inserted at the end of the shaft of the club, as if it were a small cover.
The rubber grips emerged more than 50 years ago in a factory in the state of Ohio, owned by businessman Thomas Fawick. The idea was based on the possibility of changing the skin for a rubber grip that slides down the pole. So, in this way, it could reduce the expenses and efforts that the previous handles implied. Initially, the stick was introduced into a molten rubber compound called “Flexigrip”.
Despite the progress it made, this idea did not succeed, although it marked the beginning of the study on the subject. Thus, Fawick would join the Westgate Rubber Co. to found “Golf Pride”, a company that would continue with the desire to improve this part of the club to the maximum. A short time later, it was determined that the most appropriate thing was not for the fist to slide, but for it to remain fixed on the stick. At this point, clubs began to be manufactured with this new technology that was soon enquired from all over the world.
At that time, Golf Pride would create its Victory model, which is still widely used today.
But in addition to the famous rubber grip found in products like the Winn Ladies Dri-Tac Grip, we can find other materials. Among them are those that include cork inlays, a material that increases the durability of the grip. There are also those that contain cord, which offers a better grip although its touch is harder. Examples of the latter are Golf Pride grips such as the Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G and the Golf Pride Tour SNSR 104cc.
Another of the materials used today is synthetic rubber, with a higher cost. However, it offers optimal durability conditions.
If what you are looking for is a light material, opt for elastomer or thermoplastic. These offer good adhesion, although they are usually more suitable for hot climates or for summer.
The lighter the putter grip, the easier it is to handle. The heavier they are, the more the manipulations and overall performance are minimized. Usually, you have to find the ideal middle ground for each.
A putter grip that is too light can lead you to closing or opening your face too quickly on impact – especially under pressure. Adding a little weight helps to start the putt in the desired direction. A grip that is too heavy can make it difficult to control distance. Combining mass with inertia creates more speed, which can result in putts going long and overcorrecting in reaction.