Best Putter Grips
The putter grip is the only point of contact between you and your flatstick so it's important you use the right one that can help you produce the best connection on the golf ball. To help golfers make the most informed decision, we've made this in-depth guide, highlighting some of the best options on the market.
As with most things in the modern game, there are a number of different styles available. From thin pistol-type grips to straighter and thicker models there are a number of things you need to be aware of when purchasing a new putter grip. For those new to the nuances of putter grips, pistol-style grips are thicker at the top, which means that your grip pressure varies between each hand. That makes them an excellent piece of golf equipment for feel putters and players with arced strokes.
A thicker, straighter grip is better suited to people who like to take their wrists out of it and have a more straight-back-and-through stroke. Interestingly, the putter grip has become one of the best golf accessories because there are now models that can help your stroke and alignment, as well as armlock and wristlock options, too. Additionally, we recommend taking a look at some of our other guides too, such as the best putters, best golf grips and our guide on the best golf grips for sweaty hands.
Best Putter Grips 2024
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+ Nice, tacky feel in the hands
+ Comfortable shaping
+ Can be counterweighted
- Not overly different to the Traxion Tour
Replacing the popular Traxion grip line, the Zenergy is the newest line of grips from Superstroke and offers a super tacky outer layer for extreme grip and a firm rubber inner core for additional stability. It's tailored for all kinds of skill levels and aims to help quiet your hands during a stroke for better accuracy and responsive performance.
One thing we really enjoyed on these grips is how the texture varies throughout, to help optimize feedback and comfort. That gives more confidence that the grip will stay secure in your hands.
+ Excellent performance
+ Various sizes available
- This grip won’t suit all putting stroke types
SuperStroke really pioneered the straight putter grip where the sizing is exactly the same throughout compared to a traditional tapered pistol grip. We really like how the straight grip allows us to exert equal pressure in both hands to promote a smooth stroke.
The Traxion range from SuperStroke comes in various different sizing options and features what the brand call Traxion Control enhanced feedback zones. They combine a tacky polyurethane outer layer to deliver a comfortable feel, enhanced feedback and help keep your hands secure on the club.
+ Three distinct shapes in the range
+ Classic brand quality
- Styling is very basic
With three distinct Tour shapes, the Pro Only models have been refined with direct player testing to deliver the highest degree of responsiveness and performance. Each model comes with its own unique shape and color-coordinated star on the end cap to help distinguish them at a glance.
The Pro Only Red Star features a modernized horseshoe shape with an arched paddle front for thumb placement. The Blue Star version boasts an angled profile with a wide, flat paddle front for thumb placement. Finally, the Pro Only Green Star model is an Oval shape with an arched paddle front for improved thumb placement resulting in more comfort.
+ Really durable
+ Feels excellent in the hands
- Not ideal for arc strokes
Lamkin's Sink Fit grip features the company's Fingerprint Technology and Genesis Material to offer golfers a responsive feel on their putts, optimized surface tack, and great durability. It is made in a unique contoured shape, which has been designed to promote proper wrist alignment for smooth, repeatable mechanics. We found it works best with golfers who have a straight back and through stroke as opposed to an arced putting motion. Lamkin also features heavily in our best golf grips for drivers guide too, so we definitely recommend looking at that guide as well.
+ Very soft feel
+ Great for taking the wrists out of play
- Not as versatile as others
This grip was made famous by Justin Rose, who has had a real resurgence on the greens, coinciding with his rise to the World No. 1 position. There are a few different sizes in the range and they all feature the company's FLAT1 design, which helps golfers square up the putter face on a more consistent basis. Featuring a flat front and made from a lightweight polyurethane compound, this grip delivers a soft, comfortable feel and comes with a lighter-traction surface to give you a nice grip texture. It's very large flat surface makes it a unique addition to this guide, but operates as a very handy putting and training aid.
+ One of the most classic grips
+ Great level of feel
- Too thin for some
This legendary putter grip was made famous by Tiger Woods. This classic pistol grip from Ping is very thin and offers up fantastic feel - great if you're this type of putter. It comes in the Blackout or White colors.
There's not too much technology to speak of here so we reckon this grip would be best used by a low handicapper or a good putter. Pair this with a Scotty Cameron Newport and feel the Tiger vibes. Also if you are a fan of Ping then be sure to have a read of our best Ping putters guide, too.
+ Versatile size
+ Quality construction
- Not as readily available
This midsize Scotty Cameron grip is made from a Tacky Excel polymer construction to promote a more relaxed grip pressure. It also features a Staggered tread pattern to offer greater feel and control.
What's more, it comes as standard on many of the company's renowned putters and you can learn more about them on our guide to the best Scotty Cameron putters.
+ One of the grippiest
+ Works well in damp conditions
- Wears quite easily
This classic-styled Winn midsize pistol grip features a hexagon pattern to offer great feel and performance with ideal tackiness. It will serve you well in wet and sweaty conditions as it's made with an excel polymer material, which is slip-resistant for performance in all weathers. It was that performance aspect we really liked here with this putter offering an excellent grip and superior comfort to your hands - and that is one of the main reasons we have chosen to include it in this guide.
+ Does exactly what it’s supposed to
+ Good color options
- Might need to alter putter
The WristLock grip from SuperStroke has been designed to help golfers who use the arm-lock putting method with a longer shaft that runs along the arm, in the style of a Bryson DeChambeau or Matt Kuchar. It has been engineered with a thicker top section on one side to 'lock' itself in against your arm. The best armlock putters on the market have very similar grips to the WristLock, so if you're looking for a good grip for your armlock putter look no further than this offering from SuperStroke.
How we test putting grips
When it comes to product testing, our reviews and buyers' guides are built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team. The putter section is headed up by Martin Hopley, one of the foremost UK equipment reviewers with over 20 years' experience.
Other members of the Golf Monthly team contribute to the putter tests as well, and all writers are able to efficiently test the vast majority of the biggest product releases and convey the pros and cons eloquently. Getting into specifics, we test the putters outdoors on real greens with premium golf balls to get a thorough understanding of design features, feel, sound and looks.
Ultimately, we aim to be as insightful and honest as possible in our reviews so it is important to acknowledge that no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our team tells it how it is. To learn more about our methodology, see how Golf Monthly tests products in our guide.
How to choose a putting grip
The putter is perhaps one of the most important clubs in your bag. As most golfers will know, the amount of shots you can gain or lose on the greens can make or break your round. For that reason, having the right putter with the right grip for your putting stroke in your bag can seriously help you shave shots off your round.
The grip is one of the most important features on your flatstick and there are many different types of grip available to you. For that reason, when purchasing a new putter grip, there are several factors you should consider, which are set out below.
1. The shape
Putting grips come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Those generally include circles, ovals, flat ovals, pistols and flat wides. Each provide a different feel and offers golfers with different swing types a variety of benefits. Circle shapes are the traditional style of putting grip and typically have a thinner grip than most other putters. They are great for players with more rotation in their swing.
Pistol grip putters are another popular grip style and, conversely to the oval shape, are better for players who have a slight arc in their putting stroke. The ergonomic shape means they are wider at the top and are designed to deliver a closed face angle at impact, which helps to improve the connection you get on the golf ball.
Wider grips and flatter putter grips help to quiet wrist movement and that makes them a great tool to use if you’re a golfer who suffers from the yips. The thickness helps to produce a fluid pendulum motion from your shoulder and allows you to strike through the ball with greater confidence and control. This ultimately means picking a grip can be a very subjective thing for different golfers. Where one player might prefer a circular grip, another player might want to play with a pistol grip. It depends on what works for you and provides you with the best feel. For that reason, we recommend you head down to your local club shop to try a variety of different putters with different grips.
Having a tacky grip on your putter is another important factor that all players should consider when buying any flatstick. The better the grip, the more you can relax your hands when holding the club. That can allow golfers to use their shoulders and arms more to create a pendulum motion through the ball and produce a more controlled, fluid stroke. Some putter grips also provide aids that help you place your hands on the club in the same position each time. Look out for these as this can improve the consistency of your strokes and help you sync more putts.
Similar to when picking the best putter, iron or driver that is right for you, you’re going to want to factor in how that club feels on impact. The same goes for when you’re trialing different grips. You’ll want to pick the grip that gives you the best responsivity, control and overall feel as you strike through the ball. Again that is something that is subjective from golfer to golfer. For example, some players like to feel more vibrations coming up the club, while others would prefer that sensation to be dampened. Depending on what works best for you, trying out different types of grip can seriously help you discover the best one for your needs as a golfer. Head down to your local club shop to try out more.
Style might interestingly be one of the most crucial things to consider when purchasing a new putter grip. As golf is primarily a mental game, looking good on the course means feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, then you are inevitably going to be higher in confidence. For example, standing over the ball while holding a putter that looks the part, and makes you feel confident, can go a long way in helping you shave putts of your round. For that reason, pick a putter grip that not only feels good but looks good too.
If you’re currently in the process of re-gripping a variety of clubs, why not check out our guides on the best golf grips for drivers, best golf grips for irons, and the best golf grips for sweaty hands.
Is a pistol putter grip or a circular putter grip better to use?
Each are suited to golfers with different swing styles. A pistol grip is perhaps better for golfers who have a straighter swing or a small arc in their putting stroke. A circular grip might be better for golfers who putt with a more curved arc. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong here, it depends on what works best for each golfer.
Are thicker golf grips better?
Oversized golf grips can be better for golfers who struggle with the yips or more hand movement through the stroke. Thicker golf grips allow players to wrap their hands more around the club and provide more stability, enabling you to swing through with a pendulum motion.
How wide can a putting grip leagally be in golf?
Per USGA rules, the maximum width of grip a golfer can have on their putter is 1.75" in diameter.
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly.
Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes.
He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.
Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel.
He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
Sam's What's In The Bag:
Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees)
Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5
Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond
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