Will this fit on an oversized grip?
This label will fit grips of all sizes, including the SLIM versions of the popular oversized grip that is on the market. Most oversized grips were created to remove tension from the hands and arms of people who grip the putter in the palms. This label will show you how to grip it in your fingers, so you can then use a grip that’s the appropriate size for your hands. (See "How do I know what size grip is right for me?")
Will this fit on an undersized grip?
Yes, this label was designed to affix easily to any size grip.
How do I know what size grip is right for me?
When you hold a grip in your fingers, you should have no tension in your thumb pads or palms. If the grip is too small for you, your hands will feel bunched up; the putter will twist in your hands or bounce between the walls of your hands during the stroke. When that happens, you subconsciously regrip the putter, creating tension.
If your grip is too big, you will feel tension in your left (lead) hand as you attempt to put your left heel pad on top. Your left hand will feel stretched in the effort to achieve the correct grip. It may take some experimenting at your local pro shop to find the right grip for you.
Will my lie angle change when I adopt a finger grip?
It probably will. The conventional wisdom was to hold the putter in the lifelines of the palm. To establish any leverage, it was necessary to match the shaft of the putter with the lead forearm. The lie angle was therefore more upright, around 70-72 degrees. With a finger grip, the lie angle should be around 68 degrees, so the wrists can hang in a neutral, relaxed position. Otherwise, the tension in your forearms forces you to literally push the putter into the ground so you don't see the toe up in the air.
A trip to your local golf store may be required to bend the putter a couple of degrees flatter.
Should my fingers fit exactly in the outlines?
Not necessarily. All fingers and palms are different – and so is the size of each grip. You may not touch all the way to the edge of the outlines, or you may overlap them a little. It’s the placement of the fingers and the heel pad that remain relatively the same.
One other important note: I believe you need seven fingers on the club, with the thumbs gently resting and the left or lead index finger overlapping. If your hands are big or your fingers thick, it may be uncomfortable to place the right or trail pinkie on the grip. I would first suggest a larger grip; if that’s still uncomfortable, then feel free to overlap the right pinkie.
Is this label conforming to the USGA?
It is not, because it is considered a training aid. But if you play with more than 14 clubs and take mulligans, then you’re probably OK, as long as your buddies allow it!
How long should I keep the label on my putter?
Only you can be the judge of that. My teaching experience has shown me that the more someone practices something new away from the golf course, the faster they learn. There’s no pressure for results when you’re at home or somewhere else you can practice.
I suggest that, after a short time of using the grip, you try not looking at the it when you put your hands on it. Keep your arms hanging naturally and let your fingers go to the spots. Feel where the fingers go and then check it. It shouldn’t take you more than a few weeks for the position of your fingers on the grip to come naturally.
What if I don’t golf regularly – or the label wears out?
We have included an extra sticker for down the road when you need a refresher.
Is the label temperature sensitive?
The mylar material we picked for this is both resilient and extremely durable. Mine survived being left on a putter in the trunk of my car in the Texas heat for two weeks. It shows no signs of peeling.
Will the label leave any residue on the putter grip?
It shouldn’t. If it does, soap and water will remove it.