Re: Super Thick Putter Grips
Originally Posted by Varsity_Golf
short answer = yes! with caveats.
qualified... putting is "the game within the game." you have to have putted a TON to truly understand this statement. not saying people are incapable of understanding, just that you need to have a TON of putts under your belt in stressful conditions to understand it completely. putting is like surgery, except the really short ones where the line is automatic. you know - when you leave a kick-in and walk up without a single thought and knock it in with the back of the putter? but for putts of any length (4' + ) if there's any twitch, wrist movement, etc., you are likely to have more than one putt because of a flawed stroke (wrist movement, looking up, push, pull, etc). the idea of the large putter grip is simple. imo, it takes the hands and wrists out of it and thusly allows you to feel the pendulum stroke which is held together by the triangle formed at setup (shoulders down to grip). if you feel this stroke, you are more likely to connect with it, and if you connect with it, you are more apt to maintain it thru the stroke. when you do this, your stroke is really good. moreoever, if you maintain right wrist bend and your straight left wrist, the large putter grip is the best training aid i've found. i keep two putters assembled with the largest super stroke grips available (scotty newport 2 and a wh#7). i also have the same style without the large grips. at home and at other times i'll take the large gripped putters out and this let's me groove the putting stroke. i can comfortably switch between small and large because the stroke it promotes is known and superior, imo. btw, did you watch the pga grand slam? david toms switched to a semi-large super stroke grip a few weeks ago. he was putting really well. the white lettering on his grip was already worn, which to me signifies he has been putting with it for quite some time. and last night was spot watching a recording of the asian amateur... noticed a number of japanese golfers with large putting grips. i think the world is onto this large grip thing... in closing, if the "kid" you played kicked your a**, or made clutch putts that made you think "that was a clutch putt" don't pay heed to the stigma "oh that guy can't putt so he's got to use that retarded grip", then go out and buy one.