Did you know the weight of your golf putter’s grip can affect the feel, stability and forgiveness of the club’s head? It’s true. It can even impact your putting stroke.
A process called counter-weighting (or counter-balancing), which adds weight to the putter’s grip end, is increasingly popular among golfers looking for an edge on the greens. SuperStroke has been a pioneer in counter-weighting; our CounterCore grips feature adjustable weighting to help you get the perfect balance.
Here’s a brief tutorial on how counter-weighting works, and how it can improve your putting.
What is a Counter-Weighted Putter?
Simply put, a counter-weighted putter has 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.
Counter-balancing is also used in putters with heavier-than-average heads (above 350g). This makes the head feel lighter and swing more easily.
How Does Counter-Weighting Impact a Putter’s Performance?
Counter-balancing a putter 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).
Counter-weighting your putter can effectively slow down your hands as well, allowing the head to swing more naturally through the ball. The added weight in the grip can decrease the hands’ role and promote a pendulum-type stroke controlled by the arms and shoulders.
Should I Try a Counter-Balanced Putter?
A counter-weighted putter 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. Counter-balancing has helped many former anchor-style putters maintain or regain their form.
- You’re in a slump and want to try something new.
Can I Add Weight to My Current Putter?
Yes, provided you have a golf grip that’s equipped to add weights. SuperStroke offers three CounterCore models, which come with a 50g weight and wrench –
Many of our other golf grips do not include weights but are CounterCore equipped, so you can purchase weights separately. These include:
As simple as putting seems, there are dozens of variables that can impact your performance. A counter-balanced putter may be just what you need.