After years of frustratingly inconsistent play on the links, I finally got a taste of consistency on the greens recently, thanks to a new grip that I demo’d.
An Aspen golf pro shop employee was kind enough to lend me the putter belonging to head PGA pro of the municipal course, David DiMartino, to try out a new grip called the Super Stroke. DiMartino had re-gripped his traditional putter grip with the “Fatso” model.
It’s a far larger grip, width-wise, than a normal grip, and it’s flat on the front instead of round. The concept behind it is that it takes your hands out of the equation while making a putt, and forces you to use your shoulders in a pendulum motion, which results in a smoother, compact stroke.
Its non-taper technology allows for even pressure in both hands, eliminating added tension in the wrist and forearms. This is supposed to help the arms to swing free, further enhancing a pendulum putting stroke.
And the flat-top design widens the hands, increasing shoulder rotation and eliminating involuntary wrist activity.
I only used it for 18 holes but I could feel a difference. It was hard to get used to but when I did get the feel, my putts were definitely on line and straighter. I noticed it particularly with those tricky putts between 5 and 8 feet of the cup that typically I would miss, but didn’t using the Fatso.
There’s nearly a dozen different sizes in the Super Stroke product line. The Aspen Golf Club offers three of them — the Fatso, Ultra Slim and Slim — for cheaper than what you’d get online. The municipal course’s pro shop will order the grip upon request. The Ultra Slim can be purchased for $11.25; $21.25 for the Slim model and the Fatso. The golf course will re-grip your putter for $2.50. From ordering it to re-gripping, the whole thing can be done within three days.
If the Super Stroke is good enough for DiMartino, and PGA tour players like K.J. Choi and Jason Dufner, then it’s probably worth getting a grip on this new product.
Get Your Own
Super Stroke putter grip
$11.25 — $21.25
Aspen Golf Club 429-1949