Stage 2: Review of Forward Putter Grip
by Forward Golf
Markham, Ontario, Canada
For weeks now, I have had the pleasure of testing a new kind of putter grip called Forward grip.
I had the grip installed at my local Golf Exchange. I was told the installation was simple. No different than a traditional grip except for the shaft goes up the back of the grip instead of the center.
As I held the grip, it had a very nice, soft feel to it. Holding at address, it seemed to bring the hands closer to my body. As you can see in two pictures I have here. One (with my hat on backwards) I'm using a Winn Tour Jumbo grip. Hands are more away from my body. The other (hat on Forward) I'm using the Forward grip and my hands are closer to my body
Out on the course, our big question is going to be. Will this grip help sink more putts? For me, it's a no. It's about the same. My average putts per hole went up slightly from 1.89 to 2. For my putts in the short to medium range (5' to 15') I sunk the same amount of putts. From long range (20' +), which I never sink many of these anyways, I missed farther away. Instead of missing within 5', I was outside of that, a lot. Until my last review round. All long range putts only missed by inches. I'm not sure what changed. Could it be, it just took a few rounds to get use to a new grip. Possibly?
Prior to this review, I was using a Winn Tour Jumbo Pistol. Even though my putts with either grip are basically identical, if I had to chose one grip or the other. I would choose the Forward grip. On feel alone.
I need to give this grip a score of up to 60 points on performance. From installation to the 18th green. I'll give it 30 out of 60.
Looks & Durability
This category is one I'm more excited about. The appearance of this grip is strange, awkward looking. It's made with a lean ' Forward' making a different shaped grip, as you can see from some pictures I took. One comparing the Forward grip to others. As a funny note, when I first saw the grip, I thought it was warped or defective. As I stare at the grip, it reminds me of tread on a tire. Don't let that scare you, It's not hard rubber. As I stated before, I believe it has an exceptional soft feel. The over all look is nice. I think it would look great in a variety of colors.
Another good question to ask is. How long will it last? To be honest, in my opinion, if you take care of this grip like you should. I believe it will for a very long time. At roughly, $25 a piece, we know durability is important and I think this one will do just that.
Other than the lean forward and the tire tread look, the grip also has a deep V or U shape (picture down below). This is something I like as well. Even for a person with smaller hands like me, it feels great and comfortable to hold on too.
So here I have 25 points for the looks and durability. To put it simply, I love the look and feel of this grip. I give it 25 out of 25 points.
Likelihood of Purchase
Now this is a tough category. We have to look at it in two ways, from two perspectives.
First, the if I've never seen or heard of this putter grip. I just ran across it on the internet. I'm thinking it has a weird, but interesting look to it. It looks like tread on tires. I'm not sure about purchasing one of these yet. I'd to read some reviews. Matter of fact, I'll get on MyGolfSpy and see what those guys have to say about this grip. Hopefully, our reviews will help you in your decision.
Second, I've seen this grip first hand. I got to try it out a few times, review it. I would absolutely buy one of these. I know the performance for me is similar compared to other grips I've used, but I really love the feel. I may just purchase a new putter for next season just so I can put a Forward grip on it.
Now I have 15 points to give for this category. With both perspectives in mind I can only give it 10 out of the 15 points.
Conclusion & Final Score
After having the Forward grip installed, I was like a kid with a shiny new toy. Every where I went, I showed everyone who would look. At work, the bowling alley and yes, the golf course(s). I had some rough rounds while reviewing the grip. Every shot I took, I was thinking how the putter grip will perform? Will I like it? Will I give it a good or bad review? And probably, like most, I don't want to give it a bad one. But, if I have too, it will be done.
So, I wandered the courses like Dorothy in Oz (except I never want to go home) in search of answers. I found them, time and time again. About 36 times to be exact (2 putt average per hole). After many questions, on that 72nd green, I came to the conclusion. So, I went to the 73rd hole, we more commonly refer to as the 19th and pondered one last question. Could this be the future of golf grips? As a lot of people say, I look "Forward" to the future. So maybe, for putter grips, it's already here. Thank you.
Final score: 65 out of 100