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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Putter Grips at the PGA Merchandise Show

With the PGA Merchandise Show going on this week -- and Morning Drive broadcasting from it -- you'll likely see some of the grips covered in this Golf Digest post. But I wanted to call your attention to this one because I think it's a really neat idea.

Golf Pride Tour SNSR soft putter grip

This is Golf Pride's new Tour SNSR soft grip. It comes in two sizes and it's S-O-F-T, as in squishy enough that your fingers will sink into it if you squeeze too hard. If you see your fingers sinking in, you know to relax your grip. Imagine that -- a way to actually SEE that your grip is too tight! That's just amazing, and it's a simple way to learn how to keep your hands relaxed during your putting stroke.

The post lists some other cool grips, like SuperStroke making counterbalancing an option on all their grips and SwitchGrips making a grip you can change on your own without having to fuss with grip solvents and such. But that Golf Pride grip really caught my eye.

And for those of you who are curious about what kind of grip I use, you may be shocked. I don't use a regular putter grip at all! I use a Lamkin velvet round grip -- like the ones you put on all your clubs -- except I use the Jumbo size. I don't like the ridges on a regular putter grip because on some days I want to hold my putter with my hands in a slightly different position, and those ridges irritate me when I do. It's like a little voice saying "you're holding it wrong, you're holding it wrong" over and over and over while I'm trying to putt.

To each his own. And I'm glad that manufacturers are giving players more options this year.

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