There are abundant options available in putter grips in terms of materials, color, weight, and size. Don’t let that overwhelm you! Here are a few tips to get you into the correct grip.
First, you must like the texture or feel. Grips are made of many different materials including real leather, synthetic leather, rubber, and rubber and plastic compounds. Every player likes a different texture so choose the one that feels best to you.
Second, the size and shape are important as well as the amount the grip tapers. You don’t want a grip that is so small there is airspace between the palm of your hand and the grip. With a conventional grip your middle finger should just kiss the pad of your thumb when gripping the club. Some grips taper a lot while others have no taper at all. If you putt with your hands parallel to each other then you need a larger grip so both thumbs and thumb pads have a place to rest. If you putt claw style consider a grip that tapers slightly or not at all. Sometimes the square grips work well for the claw grip because the middle finger will then have a flat spot to rest on. If putting left hand low or cross-handed, consider a grip that has a very gentle or no taper. During your full swing the left hand is used to the grip being larger (for a right-handed player) so maintaining that size while putting can be helpful. Conventional style players have a lot of options. Once you have a grip that is big enough to fill the space between your palms then figure out if you like traditional taper or no taper at all. Pistol grips are available in small, medium, and large flares at the butt end of the grip. See if one size flare feels better in your hands than another.
Grip Weight Can Change the Balance Point
Third, consider the grip weight. Grips weigh between 45 grams and 120 grams. If you are used to playing with a 55 gram grip on your putter and you change to a 100 gram grip, this change will alter the balance point and total mass of the club. When increasing the weight of their grips some players describe a feeling like the head is lighter while others enjoy the heavier grip because they like the sensation of the greater mass. This is personal preference and everyone reacts differently to the change in feel. Just be aware that changing the weight of the grip can change how the player reacts to the putter and how it swings.
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