Big Fat Putter Grips – Do They Work?

winn-giant-pistolSince we got the big screen hi-def TV, I watch a lot more pro tournaments. It’s hard not to when the technology makes you feel like you’re right there on the course. This year I’ve noticed more pros using ‘larger than normal’ grips on their putters.

Always looking for something new and eager to know what works and what doesn’t, I had to try one out for myself. On Sunday I went to the local Golfers Warehouse and found a Winn Excel Giant Putter Grip.

I went there to find it just because I was in a rush to use it but you could look online at various places, you never know what people are giving away. Anyway I took it home and installed it on my old Ping Craz-E that I used until I got a new Rife Two-Bar last year.

Trying it out in the living room, I could immediately tell that it definitely stabilizes the wrists. It would take a lot of effort to bring them into the swing, something that can happen under pressure with a more normal size putter grip. By the way, I use a traditional overlap grip when I put.

I’ve tried a few belly putters, like the L2 Putter, and this regular length putter with the giant grip gave me the same feeling. Grip it and then rotate your shoulders. That’s about all you have to do.

You can see right away that it’s very easy to get the putter head to travel back and then through on the same path. If you’re like me, you struggle to achieve this with your traditionally gripped putter.

One round does not prove anything, but, for what it’s worth, I used the new setup on Monday for my entire round. My wife agrees that it’s the best putting I’ve done all year. Will it last? I’ll let you know as I’ll continue to use it as long as it works.

I’ve noticed over the years that almost anything new you try in putting works for a short period, but very few hold up over the long term. Maybe it takes a little time with something before we over think it and figure out how easy it is to mess up. So far, I’m a believer in the ‘Giant Pistol’ grip.

Also, check out the: Iomic Midsized Putter Grip

Also the: Lamkin Jumbo Putter Grip

And the: Tiger Shark UltraTac SJ-67 Red Putter Grip

  • Funny you wrote about these grips. At the end of last year, I fell in love with the fat grip. So this spring, I re-gripped several new putters I’ve been trying with the fat grips. In the last 2 weeks I went back to the traditional grip.

    You make a good point. Maybe it works until we over think it and find a way to screw it up. I’m sure as soon as my putter goes south again, I’ll throw a big grip back on.

    The good part: It’s a LOT cheaper to replace a grip than buy a new putter. Definitely worth a try.

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  • Nice post,

    I have seen a few golfers using the bigger grips. They seemed to putt quite well with them but I am yet to try it myself. As mentioned most often any new changes in putting only last a short while before reverting back to old habits. Certainly worth a try though.


  • No matter what size grip you use you have to keep light grip pressure. You can’t control the putter swing consistently with the wrists and hands, you have to rock the shoulders and use the big muscles.

  • kurt

    would like too try this grip on my old putter thanks,,

  • Kurt, let us know how it turns out. We love to get feedback on what works and what doesn’t for other golfers!

  • Glad to see your blog with good details.