A Counter-Weighted Putter Could Improve Your Performance

    Did you know the weight of your golf putter’s grip can affect the feel, stability and forgiveness of the clubhead? It’s true. And adding weight to a putter grip can even impact your putting stroke.

    This is done through a process called counterweighting (or counterbalancing), which adds weight to the end of the grip. It is increasingly popular among golfers looking for an edge on the greens to use a counterbalance putter grip. SuperStroke weighted putter grips have pioneered counterweighting; our CounterCore™ grips feature adjustable weighting to help you get the perfect balance.

    Here’s a brief tutorial on how counterbalance in a grip works and how it can improve your putting.

    What is a Counterweight Putter Grip?

    Simply put, counterbalance putter grips have more weight in the top end of the grip than a conventional putter.

    Sometimes, this is just a matter of the putter being longer than standard – say, 38 inches instead of 35. The extra length effectively moves the putter’s balance point up the shaft, closer to the hands.

    Thanks to new technology, though, it’s possible to add weight to the grip end of a standard-length putter (or even one that’s a tad short). That could mean an extra 25 – 75 grams or even more, depending on the golfer’s preferences.

    A putter counterweight may also be used in putters with heavier-than-average heads (above 350g). This makes the head feel lighter and easier to stroke.

    How Does Adding Weight to a Putter Grip Impact Performance?

    Counterbalancing a putter or using a heavy putter grip increases the clubhead’s MOI (moment of inertia), making it more stable and resistant to twisting on off-center strikes. The higher the MOI, the more accurate your miss-hits (in both direction and distance).

    Using a counterweight putter grip can effectively slow down your hands as well, allowing the putter head to move more naturally through the ball. One putter grip weight effect is that the added weight in the grip can decrease the hands’ role and promote a pendulum-like stroke controlled by the arms and shoulders.

    Should I try a Counterbalanced Putter Grip?

    A counter-balanced putter grip might be a good fit for you if:

    • Your stroke tends to get “handsy” or “wristy,” causing inconsistency in both your line and distance control.
    • You like your current putter, but the head feels a bit too heavy.
    • You frequently miss-hit putts and need more forgiveness.
    • You used to “anchor” the putter against your body, but stopped when the USGA and R&A banned the practice in 2016 and you haven’t been the same since. (Counterbalancing has helped many former anchor-style putters maintain or regain their form.)
    • You’re in a slump and want to try something new.

    What are the SuperStroke Weighted Putter Grip Options?

    There are three SuperStroke counterbalance putter grip options available through the CounterCore™ series. These are some of our most popular grip models that come with a 50g CounterCore™ weight and wrench.

    CounterCore Flatso

    SuperStroke's CounterCore Flatso counterweight putter grip.

    This putter grip is a variation on the Flatso grip, which is used by Jordan Spieth, and adds a putter counterweight for players looking to experiment with additional weight in their grip. The CounterCore™ Flatso model features a pentagonal shape which leads to greater consistency thanks to its wide flat front and series of edges.

    CounterCore Slim

    SuperStroke's CounterCore Slim counterweight putter grip.

    Fans of the SuperStroke Legacy putter grips won’t be disappointed with the CounterCore™ Slim, which features a patented design and No Taper Technology in addition to the 50g CounterCore™ weight. The Slim grip also features a smooth surface texture which reinforces a non-slip grip.

    CounterCore Pistol GT

    SuperStroke's CounterCore Pistol GT counterweight putter grip.

    This is our take on the classic pistol shape that’s grown popular with golfers, all with the added benefit of a putter grip weight. The CounterCore™ Pistol GT putter grip allows golfers to play with the feel and stability of the grip by adjusting the weight. This pistol grip helps you to lock in and maintain your upper hand position for a consistent stroke.

    With each CounterCore™ putter grip, which comes with a 50g weight, there is the option to purchase different weights of 25g and 75g if you find you want to decrease the weight or go for a heavy putter grip. If there are times you want to feel weightless, each CounterCore™ putter grip also comes with an aluminum cap should you wish to remove the weight entirely.

    Can I Increase my Current Putter Grip Weight?

    You can add a putter counterweight to your current grip as long as you have a golf grip that’s equipped to add weights. If you do, you can purchase 25g and 75g putter grip weights from SuperStroke separately if you’re interested in adding weight to your putter grip.

    Several of SuperStroke’s other golf grips do not include weights but are CounterCore equipped, so you can purchase putter grip weights separately. These include the popular SuperStroke WristLock grip which is ideal for someone with a wrist lock grip style, the Traxion Pistol GT putter grip used by  , as well as the SS2R Squared models.

    As simple as choosing a putter seems, there are dozens of variables that can impact your performance. A SuperStroke counterbalance putter grip may be just what you need. Try a heavy putter grip or a counterbalanced putter grip today and see if you can feel a difference in your performance.

    Dean Dingman
    Dean Dingman is the Owner and President at SuperStroke

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