For everyday golfers, there are significant benefits of having counterbalance weight in putter grips. A counterweight is responsible for creating a smoother tempo and a consistent, repeatable stroke. In today’s golf world, oversize putter grips alone are an improvement for golfers by restricting unwarranted movement in the wrists and hands.
Combining counterbalance and an ergonomically designed putter grip to the equation, you have the best of both worlds and the latest advancement in putter grip technology working for you.
Here’s a typical example of the average putter component setup. For the most part, putter grips in the past 50 plus years have weighed on an average of 50 to 70 grams. In the past 10 to 15 years the weight of the grip, remained the same. However, the size increased.
Our testing confirms that for the average golfer, having counterbalance significantly improves the stability of the putting stroke.
For example, take a putter head that weighs 350 grams, add the shaft – 70 to 100 grams, and then a grip that weighs roughly 65 grams. The grip is 285 grams lighter than the head and is approximately 35 grams lighter than the weight of the shaft. It takes more muscular effort to maneuver a heavy object that is further away from the hands and body. Imagine for a moment, picking up a sledgehammer and trying to create a putting stroke. While this is an exaggerated example of the weight; it will give you a perspective of how your muscular system has to adjust to an object that’s not appropriately balanced.
Now, add gravity into account, and you are trying to control an object 5.3 times heavier than the grip. There is a strong likelihood that control will be elusive. It’s challenging enough for a professional golfer to stabilize and control the weight of the head, let alone an amateur golfer. The average golfer does not typically have the time to devote to practicing putting for hours a day. That is what it will take to be able to develop the muscle memory and control needed to consistently putt with a putter with a dense head and a light grip. It would require a deft touch and an exaggerated, elongated stroke, so the putter head has time to slow down and not speed out of control.
Jack Nicklaus used a counterbalance weight in his putter because he said it slowed down his hands and allowed him to keep the putter square and online.
The benefits of the counterweight of The PalmBird oversized putter grip is one of the reasons why it’s so useful, especially for the everyday golfer. Having a putter grip that distributes the counterbalancing weight along the length of the grip will require less muscular effort to have a coordinated fluid motion.
A consistent putting stroke all depends on balance, tempo, and timing. Counterbalance delivers consistency, and consistency leads to lower scores.