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When it comes to putter grips, it wasn’t very long ago that consumers were very limited on what options they had.  Even with aftermarket grips we were left with deciding between two or three different styles from two or three companies.  A few years ago that started to change and we’ve become more and more accustomed to seeing some pretty unique grips on the putters of some of the world’s best golfers.  As with everything in the golf equipment industry, consumers immediately wanted what they saw. 

One company has an offering that is indeed unique in design, the PalmBird Putter Grip.  As unique as the design is, the story of the discovery is every bit as interesting.  Designer Phillip A. Jaffe is both an avid golfer and PGA Member.  He came to find the inspiration for the PalmBird grip while pruning the giant Bird of Paradise plant in his backyard.  While Phil was working to cut back the plants he took notice of the oblong shape and how the stalk felt in the palm of his hands.  It was then that he realized just how natural this shape felt as he practiced his putting motion with the stalk in his hands.  From here the PalmBird was born.

From the company

  PalmBird Features & Benefits

  1. Conforms with USGA rules and proudly made in the U.S.A.
  2. Putter grip and putting teaching aid all in one
  3. Heavier to provide counter-balancing, giving you greater control of the putter head
  4. Improves your ability to keep the putter head square at impact and throughout the stroke
  5. Non-tapered grip body, allowing balanced grip pressure in both hands
  6. The crescent shape encourages the putting stroke to be initiated from the shoulders instead of the hands and wrists reducing stroke arc, helping to keep the putter head square and on line 
  7. Significantly reduces the possibility of the “yips” due to less wrist flexion and forearm tension
  8. The PalmBird’s design, covers a larger surface area in your palms, which allows for lighter grip pressure in your thumbs and fingers
  9. Naturally reduces wrist break throughout the putting stroke
  10. Made of weather resistant Thermal Plastic Rubber which provides durability, comfort, and traction

Specs: Width 1.07 inches, Height 1.65 inches, Length 11.5 inches, Weight 169 grams

Testing the PalmBird

 

Right away upon unboxing the PalmBird I could definitely see what Phil Jaffe felt with the Bird of Paradise plant that day in his yard.  The shape really does contour right to your hand very naturally and taking some mock putter swings with the grip you can get a sense of how it may help you with your putting.  At home I have a Bettinardi BB8 putter that was due for a regripping, so I decided to go ahead and install the PalmBird onto my pride and joy putter to see what this grip was all about.  Installation was a breeze. By simply removing the old grip and using mineral spirits rather than any other solvent (per instructions from the company), I had my new grip on and was rolling putts in no time at all.

I’ve always correlated oversize putter grips with quieting the hands throughout the stroke.  While I’ve never really struggled with flipping my wrists or having what I would consider a jerky putting stroke, I was impressed with how the PalmBird changed how the putting stroke felt to me.  Prior to this I hadn’t ever putted with a jumbo sized grip, so it was certainly a new and different feeling, but the more I rolled putts the more used to it I became. 

As I continued to adapt to the different feeling, I found myself getting better with my short range putting – anything inside of 10 feet or so.  One thing that I never really got a handle on throughout my testing was distance control.  I constantly came up short on longer putts, and while I was usually making the 5 or 6 footers that I wound up leaving myself with, I still wasn’t crazy about struggling with distance control to that degree.  I don’t fault the design or the concept behind the PalmBird grip in the slightest. I just think the adjustment to a jumbo grip is certainly not something you can expect immediate success with (at least not for me). 

I put the putter with the PalmBird installed in the hands of multiple players from my local men’s club and found that a lot of people enjoyed the feel in their hands almost immediately.  One guy in particular had a grip that was about the exact size and he raved about the PalmBird immediately.  In fact, he didn’t want to give me my putter back.

As I mentioned, I installed the PalmBird on what I believe is the greatest putter I’ve ever used, my Bettinardi BB8.  It’s a blade putter that gives back such a smooth feel and sound when putting the ball.  Installing the PalmBird did not change any of that.  I was extremely impressed and quite happy to experience that same great feel that I’ve come to love with my putter.  This was probably my biggest concern going in, so I was very impressed to say the least.

Closing thoughts

While I’m not a jumbo grip user, the grip just feels natural and comfortable in my hands.  Personally I’d like to see the company come out with a PalmBird mini or something a little smaller. I think that would be a must-try grip for guys like me.  Of the people that tried my putter on the practice green, everyone agreed that they like the feel of the grip in their hands.  Other players who are more familiar with a grip that size did not seem to have the same struggles I did in terms of distance control. 

The PalmBird is available by visiting the company’s website at www.palmbirdputtergrips.com for $19.99 plus a minimal shipping fee.  I definitely recommend that people who like the benefits of an oversized putter grip look into getting a PalmBird in their hands before deciding to purchase another product.

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Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.

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  1. TheDue says:

    Great job, Jake. Pretty interesting design and while I’m not an oversized grip user either, I find myself interested enough to consider this one. Bright colors and a few different sizes would go a long way in selling me completely.

  2. Danny P (drp3434) says:

    Nice write up. I like the idea, and the design of the grip. Have never tried an oversized grip, but they do interest me. I agree with TheDue, the color does nothing for me. Would like to see something done cosmetically to jazz it up.

  3. Howzat says:

    Nice review Jake. I like the idea of the non tapered with the beveled bottom but agree it would be nice to have some smaller sizes available.

  4. Ryan Hawk says:

    I’d give it a try. I think mid-size is about as big as I like to go these days though. Putted pretty well with a jumbo Winn last year, so I guess you never know. Agreed that additional colors and sizes would be nice in the future.

  5. IceyShanks says:

    Great review Jake, a very interesting concept for a putter grip, but if it’s comfortable and works, it certainly needs to be on our radars!

  6. ddec says:

    Nice job buddy. I used to use a Winn Jumbo grip for a while. If I were going to venture back in to that market I would have to consider one of these for sure.

  7. Nate says:

    Big grips are on the rise! Not gonna win any beauty contests but if it works, then it works! Thanks for the review Jake!

  8. #Cookie says:

    Solid review here Jake, thanks for the background on the creation of this and the detailed “in hand” feedback. The item that really stands out to me is that the putter grip is designed/created to adapt to the shape of the hand. I can easily envision the palms staying more square while facing each other in the grip which could really help with stability/direction control I think.

    Unsure how this would fit into the general idea of using counter-balanced putters but it is interesting for sure. Really would enjoy grabbing one of these and throwing onto a standard length putter.

  9. DawgDaddy says:

    Great review Jake, I have never tried an oversized grip but this one does sound like it is worth a try. I am pretty much like some of the others, the color does nothing at all for me. Hopefully they will introduce colors in their line up soon.

    It was good to read that the grip did not change the sound but more importantly to me, the feel of your putter, I think that is a very important point.

  10. Bart Casiello says:

    I went ahead a purchased one and it arrived today. It fits so well into hands. I can’t wait to give it a go on the course.

  11. Smallville says:

    I might be interested in this if if came in a same size, light weight version. 169 grams is an awful lot. I am used to a 126 gram grip but am going to switch to the Winn Jumbo Lite grip (60 grams) soon.

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