Monday, August 11, 2014

Get a Grip

If you can't get the golf ball in the hole, you can't score. And putting it a big reason for that. My putting this season has been very inconsistent; some rounds it's good and some rounds it leaves a lot  to be desired.

Winn Jumbo Lite Grip

I have used two types of putters this year--a Snake Eyes blade putter that I have used for most of the past four seasons and Odyssey Rossie mallet. The one thing that both have in common is a Winn Jumbo Lite grip that I have used for the past couple of years. If you watch professional golf on TV, you will notice that many of the pros have switched to over-sized putter grips, including Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner. These overs-sized grips are designed to stabilize your putting stroke by minimizing your wrist movement. I know my stroke seems a lot smoother and more comfortable since I switched.

New WinnProX Grip

But lately, I feel like I haven't been putting all that well, so it is time for another adjustment. Last week, I went to Golf Galaxy and had an even larger putter grip installed on an Odyssey White Hot #9 putter, which is a cross between a blade- and a mallet-style putter. The new grip is a WinnProX 1.60, an extreme overs-sized putter that has a 1.60-in diameter. It makes me feel like I can make a better pendulum-like stroke on my putts, which will hopefully result in being better at getting the ball in the hole.