Friday, April 25, 2014

Product Review: Palmbird Putter Grips

If you’re considering a switch to a larger putter grip, it’s probably safe to assume you’re struggling on the greens. While there are myriad possibilities to explain poor putting, two that can be corrected with an oversized grip are excessive wrist action and squeezing the grip too tightly.

There are dozens of choices on the market, but we started our exploration by taking Palmbird for a test drive. Why should you consider doing the same?
1. The Palmbird stabilizes your wrists; and
2. The Palmbird covers a larger surface area in your palms, resulting in lighter grip pressure and decreased tension - two catalysts for the dreaded yips.

Created by PGA Professional Phil Jaffe, the Palmbird also touches upon another hot topic - counterbalancing. For many, the the drastic difference in weight from end of the grip to the putter head, creates problems in the stroke. Counterbalancing provides greater control of the putter head and promotes a a steadier stroke. Coming in at 169 grams, the Palmbird is roughly 100 grams heavier than a standard putting grip - providing the counterbalancing that’s gaining popularity.

One common complaint about larger grips is that they take away from feel. I can see that in the “jumbo” grips, but didn’t experience that with the Palmbird. Perhaps its the crescent shape or the non-tapered design. Whatever the case, the Palmbird provided the stabilizing benefits without sacrificing feel.

Three more positives: Easy to install, conforms to USGA rules and is made in the United States.

Bottom line: The Palmbird promotes a steadier stroke through proper hand and wrist positioning. If you’re making putts, don’t change a thing. But if you’re reading all the correct breaks and still struggling on the greens, you may want to switch to a larger grip, like the Palmbird.