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As a student of Bruce Rearick's (you can track my progress here: http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/4799-my-quest-to-putt-better-with-burnt-edge-consulting/ ) I have recently switched to a round putter grip. When I decided to make the switch, I wanted to do so with a top shelf grip, not just another rubber grip, so I contacted Harry at BestGrips.com. Harry informed me that his grips have less taper than most round grips, which is perfect. He was also kind enough to send a couple grips for me to test. I installed one on my current gamer, the Bettinardi SS11, and I absolutely love it. The leather is soft with a slight tackiness that allows me to have a nice loose grip. It will definitely be my putter grip of choice for the foreseeable future.

 

Moving to the topic of round putter grips in general, you might be asking what the benefit is. The first thing I have noticed is that I can release the putter much more naturally with the round grip. With a standard putter grip, I often felt that I used the flat surface to steer (and often block) the putt. As a result, my miss was short and right.

 

Additionally, getting rid of the flat surface on the grip removes another straight line input from a round motion. What I mean is that the putting stroke, like any golf swing, is round/curved, not straight. Knowing this, I do not want any straight line inputs (sight lines, flat surfaces on the grip, etc) confusing that point. This isn't the kind of thing that has a tangible benefit such as releasing the putter better, but I do believe that it's important.

 

What are your thoughts? Have you tried a round grip on a putter? Is it something you might consider?


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I had one of Edel's round Takimac grips on my Edel Variloft and it generated a lot of chaos in the putting stroke.

Much happier and more proficient going back to the usual large iomic.

Maybe I didn't give it enough time, but it felt strange at address to have the round grip and it was one more thing to think about when putting.


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I played with a round rubber grip many years ago mostly because the putter grips available to me at that time were hard and slippery. I worked with it for a couple of months but, like Golfspy Dave, I found pointing the putter more mentally demanding and counter productive to a relaxed stroke. I subsequently installed a regular putter grip and scored it with a hacksaw blade so that I was better able to grip and point it.

 

 

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I had one of Edel's round Takimac grips on my Edel Variloft and it generated a lot of chaos in the putting stroke.

Much happier and more proficient going back to the usual large iomic.

Maybe I didn't give it enough time, but it felt strange at address to have the round grip and it was one more thing to think about when putting.

 

Interesting. Now that I think about it, I'm a little surprised at how quickly I took to the round grip. I think it's definitely a concept that you have to commit to, and probably give some time. I did get two rounds in with it and found that I was hitting more pulls. Bruce explained that this is a normal reaction because there's no more "steering" which is what I did with a putter grip, just a natural open and close of the putter.

 

I'll say one thing for round putter grips: it's one of the cheapest putting experiments you can do. :D


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It is an interesting experiment, but it, like any putter thing, can be difficult to assess. Sometimes changing anything seems to improve results for me. Even changing the headcover for a round or two.

I think that it just breaks up the mental lock for me a bit. Probably why I wander through so many putters as well... The Filthy Byron definitely is sticking in the bag right now though B)


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It is an interesting experiment, but it, like any putter thing, can be difficult to assess. Sometimes changing anything seems to improve results for me. Even changing the headcover for a round or two.

I think that it just breaks up the mental lock for me a bit. Probably why I wander through so many putters as well... The Filthy Byron definitely is sticking in the bag right now though B)

 

There's definitely something to that idea of "breaking the mental lock". I remember a Playing Lessons episode with Geoff Ogilvy where he said that he would occasionally switch putters (same overall style) just to see something different.

 

I think what's at the heart of my work with Bruce is the desire to end that cycle of "putt well, putt bad, switch something, repeat." I want to understand what my putting stroke is really about, how to fix it, how to assess it, and how to make it better. I can confidently say that after just a few emails, I'm on the road to that, and I think the round grip is part of that future.


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I think good putting boils down to nothing more than confidence. Any change you make that increases confidence will produce better results. If you take a putting lesson, no matter what the instruction entails, if it increases confidence, then it will be effective. The challenge is maintaining that increased level of confidence. I don't think any one putter or putter grip has advantages over another as long as you choose a putter and grip that gives you confidence. If there was one best way to putt, everyone would be using it. But since we all use different putters and different methods, the only common element among good putters is confidence. It is that eternal quest for increased confidence that keeps us searching and making adjustments to putt better.

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In October, I installed a new Winn AVS Midsize PCi Triple Line on my 32" Odyssey White Hot 2 Ball putter. I spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that the flat edge was aligned with the face. On the course I could simply keep the back my left hand and my right palm on the line of the putt and focus on speed.

I putted better than ever in my life. The putter became my favorite club and I loved to putt for a change. This played huge role in lowering my handicap. I would have told you I would never change and even bought two more grips so that I could ensure they were availible when I needed to regrip.

Then I injured my back, well document on other posts. I ended up with a 54" Odyssey Mid putter. Extended the shaft myself and spent a few days making sure it was fitted properly. I used old grips taped on to the shaft and went out to the course and practiced with it. Once that was done, I installed a Karakal 21" long grip. Bought it off eBay, knew nothing about it, liked the color, and it was located close enough to me that I could get it the next day. Not the best criteria for a purchase but it was just $20 with freight. You may not believe this but I have wasted more than $20 on golf before, so I gave it a try.

The immediate results were not good. My whole short game has been bad, but it came around this weekend. My buddies have declared me "back" and have increased my quota accordingly. But to the round putter grip.

This weekend I had 24 putts on Saturday, and 26 puts on Sunday. I find that with the round grip I do not focus on my hands anymore. I stand behind the ball and see the line all the way to the back of the cup. Approach the ball, and align the club face with the line, get comfortable and feel I am lined up, and then grip the club firmly with my left hand. This keeps the face from twisting. Then put my right hand on the club and focus on bringing back on the line and then through the ball on the line.

I have notice that on short, delicate putts I use a hacksaw or pencil grip with the right hand. On a longer, firmer stroke I use a regular grip, why? Don't know, that is the way it works out. The right hand to me is the distance hand, and that is all I focus on once I am lined up.

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I think good putting boils down to nothing more than confidence.

 

It's the puttee, not the putter.

 

The mental side of putting is huge, but having a putter that fits your swing is huge too. Take a given address posture of a person putting. There is a putter with specs that will work with them best. If you put the wrong putter (say the toe hang, weight, length or offset or MOI is wrong for them) they will have to alter something. It could be very minor or the worst case for a few people is the yips when the putter is the wrong design. Selecting a gamer is not 100% mental.

 

I think the round grip is good for certain rotational requirements and it eliminates putting a grip on slightly off since it's round. A lot of putters are design to sit a hair open, so the traditional grip is not actually put on dead straight. If they are the putter will not rest at address as intended.


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I've spent my entire golfing life (36 Years) trying to get comfortable with flat surface putter grip.  I've tried every size and shape you can get and I've always struggled with pushing putts and with leaving them short.

I saw a test on MGS where different putter grips were tested and noticed that the best face angle and path numbers were using a round grip.  The make percentage was the lowest, but that seemed like an alignment issue to me.  I put a Pure DTX Midsize on my putter, put the laser on the floor and starting putting balls straight down the laser line.  I started testing other round grips and sizes and ended up with a CP2 Pro Jumbo on my putter.

I still grip it like a putter, through the lifeline of the left hand, and let the right hand get comfortable.  Find the line, square the face to the line and hit the center of the putter face.

Never putted better!!!

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I had putter fitting years ago that used an Edel cart.  Tried different putter configurations but did not find a putter head I was more comfortable with.  I did end up changing my current putter to a round grip.  With the round grip it seemed more like point and shoot.  Stopped thinking about grip and aim which I believe led to a more natural putting stroke.

I recently changed to an oversize grip.  It seems I am losing some of the natural feel in my hands with my putting and short game.


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Dang. Revived this thread from 2011!!!!

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Old thread but relevant to me these days.

 

I just recently decided to switch to a mallet putter but instead of buying a new one I decided to take back the Rife Legend Z I put in my wife’s bag after I tried it out a few years ago. I had shortened it a bit for her so I glued an extension in and prepared to regrip.

 

Unfortunately, I was out of putter grips so I began to think more about using a round putter grip. I have jumbo, arthritic, non-tapered grips on all my clubs already so I figured why not add it to the 14th club. All of the sudden that mallet that I couldn’t bond with is making every putt for me. First 9 out with it I had only 14 putts, and no 3 putts. It feels so natural to use a round grip I don’t think I’ll ever switch back to an actual flat putter grip.

 

I suggest everyone give it a try.

 

 

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