How will putter grip sizing help your game?

When clubmakers and club fitters discuss grip sizing, many understand exactly what each size should be.  For instance we have ladies, men’s standard, mid-size and jumbo nomenclatures.  What these dimension mean is that when we measure down 2” below the grip cap, the grips have specific dimensions.  The 2” mark is the approximate position of the upper hand on the grip and has been the standard reference point for quite some time. Most clubmaking books show these dimensions for regular grips, but do not have these same references for putter models.

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Maybe the reason is putter grips are offered in far more sizes and shapes then non-putter grips to be able to create standards. If you take a look at the butt end of putter grips you will find various appearances.  Pictured here is just a sampling.

grippic2Some putter grips will have an oval shape, although they will taper further down creating a flat portion at the top for the thumbs to rest.  Other will have a more pronounced rectangular shape in which the grip is narrow from side-to-side, but deeper from top-to-bottom.  These two categories are the most popular grips you will find and usually the stock offering on most putters. Not common, but you do encounter rectangular grips that are shaped just the opposite, with the wider dimension from side-to-side.  One example is the Karma Supra putter grips.

Some putter grips will be more uniform from side-to-side and top-to-bottom creating more of a square appearance. Some examples are the Golf Pride Tour Classic or the Lamkin Seamless Polyurethane Jumbo grips. Lastly, you will find a few putter grips that are round (without a flat top) as in the case with a few grips designed specifically for belly and long putters.

Within all these basic shapes, you will see various sizes, thus the reason why a putter grip that is considered “standard” will not be a specific dimension when you measure 2” down the grip as in the case with regular grips.

One clue regarding putter grip size, other than in the name of the grip itself, is the weight.  The more a grip weighs the larger it will be.  Be sure to compare rubber grips to rubber grips and synthetic grips (like Winn) to one another because the differences in materials and density.  The grip weight can affect the swingweight or how “head heavy” the putter is.  A lighter putter grip will make the putter feel heavier.  The heavier grip will counter-balance the putter making it feel lighter.  The heavier putter grip make compliment some of today’s heavier putter head (greater than 350g), while a lighter grip might help increase the heft on the growing trend of shorter putter lengths.

But don’t overlook the importance of the feel in your hands.  I would always choose comfort over weight.  A smaller putter grip will encourage more of a “wristy” stroke.  By increasing the putter grip’s dimensions, this reduces the likelihood of using you’re your wrists as much in the stroke. Instead the larger grip encourages the use of the bigger muscles in your upper arms and shoulders to propel the putter.  I would always encourage players to try different sized putter grips to see if they have a certain preference.

Below is a chart that shows the dimensions of all the putter grips that Hireko offers as a way of comparing one to another.  They are measured 2” down from the edge of the grip cap (not installed to avoid variations in shaft butt diameter). This should help in making more informed buying decisions the next time you are in the market for a new putter if you are re-gripping your existing putter.

Code Description Side-to-side Top-to-bottom
RF51 Karma
Junior Black Velvet Paddle Putter
0.75 0.86
RF78 Karma
Light Blue Velvet Junior Paddle Putter
0.75 0.86
RE120 Golf
Pride Tour Tradition Putter Black
0.81 0.92
RE121 Golf
Pride Tour Tradition Putter Blue
0.81 0.92
RE122 Golf
Pride Tour Tradition Putter Red
0.81 0.92
RE123 Golf
Pride Tour Tradition Putter Orange
0.81 0.92
RE90 Golf
Pride New Decade Multi-Compound Putter
0.81 0.92
RW65 Winn
Excel Medallist Pistol Putter Black
0.81 1.03
RW85 Winn
Excel Medallist Pistol Putter Black/Green
0.81 1.03
RW86 Winn
Excel Medallist Pistol Putter Black/Yellow
0.81 1.03
RW68 Winn
Excel Medallist Marble Pistol USA
0.81 1.03
RF50 Karma
Black Velvet Paddle Putter
0.82 1.03
RF47 Karma
Red Paddle Putter
0.82 1.03
RL22 Lamkin
Crossline Paddle Putter
0.83 1.03
RKAR58 Karakal
X-Tack Yellow/Black Putter
0.86 1.07
RKAR59 Karakal
X-Tack Black/Red Putter
0.86 1.07
RKAR60 Karakal
X-Tack Blue/Red/White Putter
0.86 1.07
RKAR47 Karakal
X-Tack Black/Orange Putter
0.86 1.07
RKAR48 Karakal
X-Tack Pink/Gray Putter
0.86 1.07
RF82 iBella Bellissima Putter Grip NEW! 0.86 1.07
RF83 Karma Black / Yellow Putter Grip NEW! 0.86 1.07
RF84 Karma Black / Red Putter Grip NEW! 0.86 1.07
RF85 Karma Black / Blue Putter Grip NEW! 0.86 1.07
RL20 Lamkin
Deep Etched Paddle Putter
0.92 1.07
RW66 Winn
Excel Midsize Pistol Putter Black
0.92 1.07
RW87 Winn
Excel Midsize Pistol Putter Gray/Blue
0.92 1.07
RW20 Winn
21” Red/Black
0.92 1.07
IBPGRIP iBella
Obsession Putter Grip
0.92 1.12
RW22 Winn
2-Piece Long Putter Black/Mahogany
0.93 round
RF48 Karma
Blue/Silver Overwrap Putter
0.96 1.11
RF49 Karma
Gray/Silver Overwrap Putter
0.96 1.11
RE119 Golf
Pride V-RAD USA Putter
0.96 1.13
RE91 Golf
Pride V-RAD Shock Putter
0.96 1.13
RE93 Golf
Pride V-RAD Optik Putter
0.96 1.13
RW88 Winn
Excel Oversize Paddle Putter
0.96 1.13
RF58 Karma
Dual Touch Blue Putter
0.97 1.03
RF59 Karma
Dual Touch Orange Putter
0.97 1.03
RF60 Karma
Dual Touch Yellow Putter
0.97 1.03
RF57 Karma
Dual Touch Red Putter
0.97 1.03
RF61 Karma
Dual Touch Pink Putter
0.97 1.03
RF68 Karma
2 Piece Belly Putter Grip
1.00 round
RE124 Golf
Pride Tour Classic Putter Black
1.00 1.00
RE125 Golf
Pride Tour Classic Putter Red
1.00 1.00
RW91 Winn
V17 Polymer Cord 21″ Round Belly Putter
1.00 round
RKAR52 Karakal
X-Tack Long Putter Black/Red
1.00 1.15
RL09 Lamkin
Jumbo Putter
1.05 1.05
RL135 Lamkin
Seamless Polyurethane Jumbo Black
1.06 1.06
RL136 Lamkin
Seamless Polyurethane Jumbo Black
1.06 1.06
RW67 Winn
Excel Jumbo Pistol Putter Black
1.11 1.32
RW92 Winn
Excel Jumbo Pistol Putter Blue
1.11 1.32
RW93 Winn
Excel Jumbo Pistol Putter Red
1.11 1.32
RE87 Golf
Pride Jumbo Crown Putter
1.17 1.25
RF70 Karma
Supra Putter Grip Black
1.17 1.65
RF71 Karma
Supra Putter Grip Orange
1.17 1.65
RF72 Karma
Supra Putter Grip Red
1.17 1.65
RF73 Karma
Supra Putter Grip Lavender
1.17 1.65
RKAR67 Karakal
X-Tack Black/Orange Putter
1.20 1.25
RW89 Winn
Excel Giant Pistol Putter
1.53 1.53
RW90 Winn
Excel Giant Pistol Putter USA
1.53 1.53

1 Comment on An In-Depth Look into Putter Grip Sizing

  1. Ares Vista says:

    I personally like a narrow rectangular grip for my putter. It helps me with my setup, and with the type of stroke I tend to use. I can’t see how an oval grip would benefit any golfer.

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