ABOUT PALMBIRD FOUNDER, PGA MEMBER – PHILLIP A. JAFFE
Phillip A. Jaffe, PGA is passionate about golf, both as a player and as a golf instructor. Phillip spent years as a golf instructor, helping golfers of all playing abilities learn proven methods of mastering the golf swing and putting stroke.
Phil’s initial inspiration for designing and developing the PalmBird Putter Grip was to help all golfers improve their putting and to help grown the game of golf. His experience as a golf instructor and his knowledge of biomechanics plus a fortuitous “honey do” is what triggered the design concept. Phillip knew instinctively that the putter grip could play a significant part in helping golfers improve their putting stroke if the putter grip were shaped in a way to support the natural contour of our hands.
This would in turn help golfers with proper hand placement and alignment. He invisioned a putter grip that could double as a putting aid. The PalmBird design as it is today is the result of years of dedication to research, design, and testing.
The PALMBIRD isn’t traditionally shaped on purpose. It’s ergonomic shape along with the counterbalancing will help you putt better… with more stability, greater control and ultimately more confidence. The PalmBird is more than just a putter grip, it’s a putting tool that instantly helps golfers place their hands in the proper position with the palms aligning and toward the target. This is a key first step to a better putting stroke and lower golf scores.
ABOUT THE PALMBIRD SHAPE AND OUR STORY
Inspired by the shape of the giant Bird of Paradise stalk, Phil applied the science of Biomimicry (art forms in nature) to create this innovative new putter grip that helps golfers putt with greater confidence and improved accuracy.
While cutting back the “Bird” of Paradise after a hard winter freeze, Phil took note of the oblong shape of the stalk and how it felt in his “Palm”. His wife Diane remembers the “ah ha moment” as if it were yesterday. “I looked out back and saw him with the Bird of Paradise stalk in his hands, practicing his putting motion like he was on a putting green. It didn’t take long before he yelled out for me to come outside and check it out. He enthusiastically told me how incredible the Bird of Paradise stalk felt in his palms and how fluid his putting stroke was because of it’s shape.” This is how the grip eventually got it’s name. Phil combined the portion of the plant name (Bird) with how it fit in his hands (Palm)….PalmBird.
The rest of the family wanted to get on the entrepreneurial bandwagon. One day, Diane noticed an unusual bloom from the Giant White Bird of Paradise and took a photo…the bloom was so unique, she knew they should do something with it…the bloom had points that coming out of a base. She outlined the the photograph and added a bird to the bottom…this was the early drawings of what eventually became the Company Logo a direct reflection of the bloom from the Bird of Paradise in their backyard. Not to be left out of the creative process, their young son (at the time), Nate wanted in on the action. While bouncing ideas around about tag lines, Nate said hey, since it’s a plant, we could say….
“PLANT one in your hands, and FEEL the difference!”
One of the key elements of the PalmBird design, is that it eliminates the flat-surface found on the front of most putter grips today and replaced it with a teardrop contour that fits naturally into the groove of your palms. With the grip pressure in your palms and not your fingers and thumbs, the PalmBird allows you to more effectively initiate the putting stroke from the shoulder, giving you the feel that the club is an extension of your arm. This allows for a fluid backstroke and an effortless, relaxed follow-through due to decreased finger, hand, wrist and arm tension. The result is an improved putting stroke, with greater putting accuracy.
OUR MISSION IS TO HELP ALL GOLFERS IMPROVE THEIR PUTTING
The simplicity of the PalmBird’s functional design and unembellished style is a refreshing change. Don’t be fooled by it’s “look”, or lack of flair, because you’ll be blown away by it’s “feel” and effectiveness, when you PLANT ONE IN YOUR HANDS! The PalmBird is a putter grip designed for golfers of all levels ; from the everyday golfer, to the week-end warrior, seasoned players, and even elite professionals.
Don’t let the untraditional look and feel of the PalmBird discourage you from putting the PalmBird to the test…it’s worth trying, what do you have to lose other than strokes off your score!