Putter grips have experienced a colorful and functional evolution in the past five years. Today’s grips are highlighted by a rainbow of colors. What’s more, they reflect design features aimed at improving putter performance.
The 59-gram Ping Man Black Out grip was made famous by Tiger Woods, who as an amateur used a black marker to cover the white paint fill on the grip. Woods continued to do this as a professional, and he used the grip in all 14 of his major-championship titles.
Putter grips come in a variety of sizes, lengths and weights. This places more responsibility on golfers, who must be aware that different putter grips can change the swingweight, balance point and overall feel of their putters. Even the recent trend toward counterbalanced putters – with more weight located near the butt end of the shaft – has influenced grips. Heavier grips can act as an effective counterbalance. Putter grips, like grips on full-swing clubs , are available in many textures. Because putting is dependent on feel, finding the right putter grip can be a crucial decision for a golfer.
A word of advice echoed frequently by club fitters: Any player who decides on a putter grip change must be careful to ensure the new grip is placed correctly on the putter. If the grip is twisted slightly, this can affect the position of the hands and alignment.