2014 Buyer's Guide Grips

Check out our top grip picks this year

Labels: GripsBuyers Guide
Slim Series
Key Features: The "parallel technology" (it's actually smaller in diameter at the butt end) helps neutralize the hands for even pressure and less tension in one hand versus the other. The Slim series comes three versions—Slim, Mid Slim and Ultra Slim—allowing players who want the SuperStroke feel with or without the added volume.
Specs: Three diameters: 1.3 inches (Slim); 1.2 inches (Mid Slim); and 1 inch (Ultra Slim).
Midsize Pistol
Key Features: Available in either Winn's classic Excel polymer or the responsive WinnDry Polycord, the Midsize Pistol is slightly larger than standard size. This means you get a touch more stability without sacrificing the feel you get from smaller-diameter putter grips. By the way, this is just the Midsize model. There are Standard, Jumbo, Giant and Long putter grips available from Winn, as well.
Specs: Excel Polymer or WinnDry Polycord in a huge assortment of colors and sizes.
WinnPro X
Key Features: Now available in three diameters, the minimally tapered design of this grip reduces wrist movement during the stroke, while still delivering a comfortable and tacky feel. WinnLite Tech is used to reduce the grip's weight for an enhanced feel of the putterhead. We love the biggest one the most. It makes our hands feel relaxed and ready to putt all day.
Specs: Three diameters (1.18, 1.32, 1.60) in a variety of colors.

If you're a better player, use this tip to hit your approach shots closer
By Zach Allen, PGA, Photos By David Johnston

Here's a tip for LOW-HANDICAPPERS
who have a hard time controlling the distance of their short irons.

The problem usually lies with the path your club takes as it approaches the ball. Because better players tend to swing from more inside the target line, their clubface can easily shut on shorter shots. This approach may generate a lot of distance on longer shots (because the clubface is turning over), but it doesn't produce much distance control. In fact, often it will lead to hooked shots, and that's not an optimum shot shape for your control irons.

To remedy this, keep your left wrist cupped throughout the swing, especially just before impact and into the finish. (See the color photos at right.) When you try this, I want you to feel like you're hitting a soft cut shot. Practice at first with just your left hand, then place your right hand on the grip and retain that feeling. Hold these shots off a little and watch the ball fly straighter and stop on a dime.

Top-25 Instructor Zach Allen, PGA, teaches at DeBell Golf Club in Burbank, Calif. For more info, visit zachallengolf.com.


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