Should I get a Super Stroke grip on my putter?

Thomas Tanner
Aug 25, 2020
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A regulation course with a par of 72 allows for half of those shots to be putts. Yet for some unknown reason, we don't give putting the attention it deserves - spending hours on the driving range and then five minutes on the putting green. Then when we are on the course and face a little tiddler, our wrists get all wobbly, those palms get sweaty, our fingers get twitchy, and we wonder why?

The good news is from beginners and amateurs to the top Tour pros, we all struggle to make a good stroke under pressure. That is why Super Stroke and their line of grips have become hugely popular and a household name when it comes to oversize grips that making putting more comfortable and consistent for a massive number of golfers at all levels.

Design concept and theory

The design theory of having an oversize grip is to reduce the amount of tension through the hands and fingers and eliminate wrist action during the putting stroke. That leaves the big and solid muscles of the shoulders to rock back and forth to create a much more stable stroke.

Where standard grips get thinner towards the bottom or 'taper', Super Stroke grips maintain the same width top to bottom, allowing the right and left hands to grip the putter with even pressure.

Different thicknesses

Super Stroke grips are numbered in terms of their thickness or diameter - 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and the thickest 5.0. The 1.0 has a diameter of 1 inch while the largest the 5.0 has a diameter of 1.52 inches.

The 1.0 thickness of grips are going to be for players with an arcing putter stroke, who probably use a blade putter and have a consistent and repeatable stroke already. This grip will help reduce and interference from the fingers. A great place to start and quick to get used to as the only difference from a standard grip is the no-taper.

The 2.0 thickness grips are where you'll start to notice a difference. These grips will begin to neutralise the hands, and the effect of bringing the shoulders into the stroke is heightened a little more.

The 3.0 and 5.0 thickness Super Stroke grips are the heart and soul of why these putter grips exist. The thickness of the grips means it's the palms of the hands that are in contact now, the delicate touch of the fingers is significantly reduced, the wrists cant break and the shoulders become the engine of the stroke. Team this with a face-balanced putter, and you're going to be holing out a lot more confidently almost immediately.

These thicker grips can take a little getting used to, especially on longer putts as most of the feel is removed, but you'll see the consistency of striking on the intended line improve straight away.

Tour usage

Tour players use thicker grips because they accommodate different hand placements on the club, from conventional to thumbs that are together to a saw or claw grip.

Not for everyone

Now, of course, there are exceptions to everything above and putting is very much an individual thing; there is no right or wrong grip. It's whatever works for you. But if something as simple as a thicker grip will help hole more straightforward putts and cut down the errors in the stroke, golf would be a whole lot easier. And if a Super Stroke grip can do that for you, it's well worth trying.

What about my clubs

We've also got a separate video discussing all the different types of clubs grips, so make sure to check that out here.

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Further reading

As golfers, we are constantly bombarded with technology and design to find a few yards, but you never hear serious talk about grips. And when you think about it, the grip is the only point of connection between the player and the golf club.

Does the shape of the putter head make a difference? It must do with so many different options available. But how does it interact with your stroke, and which one is right for you?