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BENEFITS OF OVERSIZED GRIPS

The effect the putter grip has on your performance is massive.  Using a grip that matches your stroke is vital to get the most out of your putting as well as finding a feel that you prefer.  The craze with oversize putter grips has been going on for quite some time now, here are my two senses on it.

There is no question that every golfer, profesional and amateurs, are constantly trying to find something that will make them better, something that gives them an edge.  In putting, most of the time, it has to do with controlling the putter, which leads to holing more putts.  Pretty obvious right?  Well, there are more than a few ways to do that.  Primarily, players would shift to a more face balanced putter or a heavier putter at that. It gives them the sense of more control.  Recently players expanded their horizons and switched out their traditional putter grip (think Tiger’s “Ping” blacked out grip) to oversized grips.  In essence the oversized grips do two things, 1- they relieve grip pressure 2- they limit the hand and wrist action on the stroke (important to note, “limit” not “eliminate”).  Two pretty important factors in putting.  I recall many years ago during my Junior playing career you would see an oversize-putting grip once in a blue moon.  Back then, everyone immediately thought, that guy struggles with his putting.  Fast-forward 20 years and now some of the best putters in the world are using them; Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson come to mind.  Both of them are not only using them but have won countless of PGA Tour events including Majors.  Spieth has actually played his entire professional career with one.

I am a firm believer that tension kills golf games and many golf games have gone sour because of bad putting.  I am a fan of what the oversized grip does in many players’ game, I do however don’t believe it will have a positive impact on everybody.  Like anything in golf, there is no one-way, the important thing if you’re struggling, is for you to try it out.  The best recommendation I can give you is for you to use you The Perfect Putter, set up a few different stations using gates on some and none on others and put the grips through the ringer.  Measure your performance with a traditional grip and measure it again with an oversized grip.  As always, I would recommend you solicit the help of a PGA Professional for him to help you with the balancing of the putter once it goes through the grip change.  I think you will be surprised with the results!

Putt like you train!

Ramon Bescansa

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