The majority of golfers still use conventional putter grips.
It’s now 12 years since KJ Choi introduced his SuperStroke Fatso putting grip to the PGA Tour. It looked a little ungainly and uncomfortable, and it took a while to catch on. But it wasn’t long before dozens of Tour pros had joined the thick grip nation and begun to significantly reduce their wrist action during the putting stroke.
You see so many of them in play nowadays, it’s easy to assume the majority of players employ a thick grip. Not yet. Over 70% of PGA Tour players, and 21 of the top 30 in the Strokes Gained: Putting category, still choose a more conventionally-sized putter grip.
Earlier this week, Golf Pride launched a new standard-size grip called PRO ONLY (it’s okay, you’re allowed to use it) that comes in three styles each of which uses proprietary tuned rubber material to enhance responsiveness and feel, and give greater feedback.
The three different shapes are color-coordinated to help distinguish them.
- Horseshoe shape with an arched paddle front for thumb placement.
- Utilizes a slight pistol kick in the back for hand heel pad placement.
- 72 cc size / 74.5g weight.
- Angled profile with a wide, flat paddle front for thumb placement.
- Utilizes an angled back shape for comfortable finger positioning.
- 81 cc size / 82g weight.
- Oval shape with an arched paddle front for thumb placement.
- Slight upper hand flared back for optimum finger comfort and hand positioning.
- 88 cc size / 86.5g weight.
Bruce Miller, the company’s product manager, says many people are surprised to learn seven out of ten PGA Tour players still play ‘thin’ grips. “They prefer it because it allows them greater feel, feedback and control,” he adds. “The PRO ONLY models deliver those Tour-preferred shapes with three uniquely optimized performance options. The new PRO ONLY putter-grip series enhances those marksman preferences with our new age materials, providing preferred shapes that have been trusted to win countless major championships.”
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