REVIEW Sense Putter Grip "It cured my putter grip HOing" - FairwayFred
Putter grips are such a personal thing. There are so many options, shapes materials etc and there is obviously no right or wrong answer to this problem.
About a year ago I embarked on a personal journey to find a new grip for my putter. I had been using a Tacki Mac non taper round grip for about 15 years. I am very comfortable with this grip but I believe there are a couple drawbacks to it namely that my hand placement can get inconsistent at times which throws off my stroke. I would not be exaggerating if I said I went through more than 30+ different grips between June 2018 and February 2019. I pulled multiple grips off before even using them on the course just from putting in my house. I brought grip tape, solvant and an extra putter grip on more than one golf trip. I had a week where I played 7 rounds and used 7 different putter grips. I had issues.
At the end of February I got a couple prototypes from a new company called Sense Grips. https://sensegolfgrips.com/
They make 2 models a rectangle shape and a square shape. I tried them both and have ended up gaming the square one. It is really the perfect combination of what I was using and what I was trying to improve. It is essentially the same size as the round grip I had always used but it has 4 equal flat sides which allows me to comfortably fit my hands on the grip consistently each time.
These flat sides are one of the keys to the Sense grip. Your grip kit (pictured below) will come with 2 things other than just the grip. The SAW counter weight system (more on this in a min) and a small level that you use to install the grip. It is very important that you watch the installation video on the website which walks you through it but this allows the Sense grip to be literally the only grip on the market that you can guarantee will be put on exactly square to the face every time. I have attached a couple pics of me installing the grip. First you use the level to make sure that the head is sitting in the vice exactly square. Then you do the same with the grip as you install. This is only possible because all sides of the grip are flat so your using the level on the side of the grip with the face pointing up in the vice instead of putting it in the vice with the toe up like normal. Sense says that this allows you to directly translate the feel of the flat surfaces of the grip and how they relate to the flat surface of the face of the putter. This greatly increases awareness of the face angle of the putter at impact and I completely feel this when putting. You can feel it if you strike the ball with the face a little open or closed and most importantly you can get a great feel for keeping the face square at impact, especially close to the hole. It's also worth noting that the rubber that they use is very nice and has a great, slightly tacky feel most similar to an iomic I'd say.
The SAW counter weighting system is also a benefit of this grip. SAW stands for sliding adjustable weight and it allows for a unique combination of counter balance feel options. I am a huge fan of counter balancing in putter for my own stroke, I have pretty much always used one. I think balance point is a very under rater aspect of putter fitting and it's something I always pay close attention to. The SAW system allows you to vary where exactly you place the counter weight rather than just putting it in the extreme butt end. It comes with a 30g, 20g and a 10g weight and they all can be placed anywhere on the SAW that the player wants. It also has measurements on it like a ruler so you can see exactly where you are placing the weights. The grip weighs 88g by itself and the SAW weighs 20g without any weights on it. I have found that I get the best performance with a weight under my dominant right hand rather than all of it in the top so I've been playing it with the 30g weight under my right hand and the 10g weight at the top. It took me a few days of trail and error to get the weight setup exactly where I wanted it but the process of pulling the weight and changing it is super easy. With my old setup I used to have a 50g counter weight under the grip which was about 90g. This gave me the same balance point as what I'm using now.
All in all I'm extremely happy with my Sense grip. It stopped my grip HOing which is about the biggest compliment I can give. I'd suggest anyone looking for a new putter grip to give them a look.
National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
(still a huge club HO)