May 21st, 2012 by Tyler Pringle
Jason Duffner won the his second event of the year this past weekend at the Byron Nelson Championship with a clutch 25 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to steal the title. Duffner is one of many players on tour with an oversized grip on his putter, and here’s a few reasons you might want to consider putting one on your flatstick soon.
The most common reason players prefer a fatter grip is that it tends to quite the hands a bit more than a conventional putter grip. This can be a good thing for players who tend to get a bit too handsy with their putts by cocking their wrists on their backstrokes, which leads to inconsistencies with the strike and the roll. By taking the hands out the equation, players will hit putts using the larger muscles in their shoulders as they rock back and forth. The end result is more simplified, repeatable stroke.
Another reason to switch to a fatter grip is the added weight. If tend to leave your putts a bit short, adding a larger, heavier grip might be just the thing you need to help get the ball to the hole. This is especially true if you tend to play slower greens. Adding just a few grams to the club’s overall weight can help adjust your distance control enough the help you make more putts.
Finally, sometimes we all need a little change. After a while, your current setup might feel a bit stale in your hands. In order to keep your putting sharp, sometimes it’s good to switch things up. Using a fatter grip will instantly change the feel of your stoke and how the ball comes off the putter face. If you’re feeling like you need to switch things up, the grip is a great place to start.
Golf is a game of confidence, and this is especially true on the putting green. Sometimes a small change in equipment can give you just the boost you need to make more putts.