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Should You SuperStroke Your Grip?

SuperStroke Your Grip

For the past year the oversized putter grip has swept through the Professional and amateur ranks.  Personally, I have applied countless SuperStroke grips for the small membership at my club. While the fat oversized grip looks awkward, does it really work and should you use it?

Putter Ban

In November 2012, the R&A and USGA announced the adoption of Rule 14-1b, which prohibits anchoring the club while making a stroke.  This new rule, effective January 1, 2016, essentially ends the use of the long or belly putter.  Many players who suffer from the “yips” have sought the help of anchoring the putter during the stroke.  As result, many players have tested many grips in the SuperStroke product family.

SuperStroke Putter Grips

Many professional and amateur players struggle with the putting stroke, especially short putts inside 10 feet. As result, many develop the “yips.”  The yips can be defined as the inability to make a smooth putting stroke, particularly due to tension in the hands causing jitters, uncertainty, fear, tremors and a general feeling of anxiety while standing over short putts.  Players routinely search for a quick fix, regularly switching putters including the long or belly putter. Unfortunately, the USGA banned the anchoring motion and the longer putters will eventually be phased out.

Top to Bottom; Ultra Slim 1.0, Mid Slim 2.0, The Claw, & Fatso 5.0

Top to Bottom; Ultra Slim 1.0, Mid Slim 2.0, The Claw, & Fatso 5.0

As result, the SuperStroke grip has flourished and players with the “yips” report a significant improvement. The SuperStroke is designed to remove tension from the putting stroke and utilize the arms and shoulders for a smoother stroke. Additionally, the SuperStroke grip allows the player to minimize movements with the hands and wrists during the putting stroke. Many players who switch to the SuperStroke indicate they use their shoulders for a more compact and smooth stroke, resulting in the ability to make more putts.

SuperStroke Products

The SuperStroke grip ranges in several different sizes and styles. The smaller version is available in the Ultra Slim 1.0 to the Slim 3.0. The Fatso 5.0 is probably the most popular SuperStroke grip. Complementing the oversize lineup, the Flatso grip is available in 1.7, Mid 1.4 and Ultra 1.1. Rounding out the lineup includes The Claw, Belly and Mid and Split grips. The Fatso 5.0 is the grip used by Tour Professionals Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth and Billy Horschel.

Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth & Billy Horschel Using the SuperStroke Grip

Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth & Billy Horschel Using the SuperStroke Grip

Performance

I tested the SuperStroke Fatso 5.0 grip on an Odyssey White Hot Pro #1 putter.  The Fatso grip definitely helps reduce tension in the hands, wrists and forearms.  In addition, my thumbs easily point down the front and keep the putter face square throughout the stroke.  The SuperStroke grip is so big my hands barely wrap around the oversize grip.  Reducing tension helps create a smoother stroke, essential to holing more short putts.  Longer putts create a solid arm swing and comfortable feeling throughout the putting stroke.  The use of the SuperStroke grip significantly reduces any unwanted wrist movement in the swing.

After a few swings you really capture a nice feel with the grip.  I was able to create a comfortable pendulum stroke and had success on the short putts without sacrificing feel on the longer putts.  I was very skeptical about the grip, but the results were pleasantly surprising.  We need all the help we can get, and if the SuperStroke grips helps us hole more putts it is imperative to add in your 14 club rotation.


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