Two Thumb Putter Grips Review

If you are thinking right now that this is a name you haven’t heard before so it must be a new company, toss that right out the window. While stateside the Two Thumb name isn’t all that recognizable, they’ve been selling their products worldwide for a decade now and been designing their own grips since 2005. So, while they may be new to most, and I was in that category before this review, they are not the new kids on the block.

Quick Take

Not all that recognizable stateside, the Two Thumb putter grips has a following across the pond and more than that, some legitimate Tour use. The grips are exactly what they aim to be, with wider front paddle sections for ample thumb placement while also fitting in the hand comfortably and determined to fight wrist break at all costs. Unique names, a unique design, and a unique outlook on putter grips.

The Two Thumb Ideology

The name gives you a pretty good clue as to just what the premise behind the grips that Two Thumb have created is and what they seek to do. The name of the game here is reducing the killers in putting, tension and wrist break.

The first grip they designed was the “original”, also known as the Big Daddy, and its design focused on providing a platform for eliminating as many variables and breaks in the putting stroke as possible. The company is a big proponent of a putting grip that keeps both hands directly parallel to each other with the thumbs literally side by side on the front paddle, and the Big Daddy was perfectly designed for that. By creating this grip, it allows the golfer to form a “Y” from the hands to the shoulders which frees up all tension and allows a repeatable pendulum motion.

As time has gone, the lineup has evolved and more options have been created, like the “Snug Daddy” grips I got in for this review.  The Snug Daddy are much more traditionally sized. Now, I know some are hesitating under the thought that the parallel grip style would have to be used with these grips, not so however, even the company acknowledges there are many grips out there and their grips will work well with a variety of them. I myself use what I know as a near “prayer grip”, meaning almost parallel but not quite, I also don’t run index fingers down the sides and I still saw merit from the Two Thumb designs.

Big Daddy and Big Daddy Light

We have to start with the OG, right?

Two Thumb were kind enough to send in two variations of their original “Big Daddy” putter grip for this review, the full rubber OG, as well as a dual material “Light” version.

At first glance, many will think about the Flat Cat design and while the overall shape looks similar, I found these to have a lot more rounded nature, particularly in the rear of the grip which let them both sit more naturally in the hands. The wide look and feel took some time to get used to, but it made a lot of sense when thinking about the putter grip technique they were built around.

I found it incredibly hard to have anything but a tension free putting stroke that still kept my wrists in check with both models, even when using a variety of grips, it was a much more comfortable design than I expected. Being honest, when I unboxed these, they drew an audible reaction from me in both shock and a slight amount of fear, but realistically they’re just a very solid design with a specific purpose.

The “Original” Big Daddy is a tank. This thing comes in at 190g and is made entirely of rubber, in fact, it is the companies own Tour Velvet material and it is allthere. The shape distributes the weight across the grip, but even then, this is one that is going to alter putter swing weight in a significant way. Because of that, I believe it’s the best bet for those using heavy putter heads or for golfers who simply enjoy a back weighted putter (of which I am one). I put it on a 350g putter head and though I could still feel the head in the stroke, the balance point of the entire setup was definitely shifted. I can also say this one was the most durable of the grips I worked with for the review and it is because of the rubber.

The “Light” version of the Big Daddy is almost 1/3 the weight of its older, beefier, sibling. Made of lightweight underscore covered in a layer of dual textured polyurethane, it is the same feel in hand you get from SuperStroke or Winn in their putter grips. This is a material design that is always going to feel good in the hands as I do think the biggest benefit for it is the texture allows for a light grip that is always going to benefit golfers. On the other end, the larger shape in and out of the bag is going to potentially speed the wear, which is already traditionally not great on poly layered grips, depending on the type of bag you are using.

While I’m not a fan of the “Big Daddy” name as it does come off as a little hokey, it does have a story behind it and, well, it fits the design/shape. In the end, I started with hesitation to these grips and wound up pretty shocked at how well they do their job.

Snug Daddy 27 and 30

I also got to work with a much more traditional style grip from the Two Thumb company which they have named the “Snug Daddy”. Again, the unique name will likely elicit an equally unique reaction, but it sticks to the trend they started with their first grip.

As for the design of the grips, I worked with the “27” and “30”, the numbering refers to the width and depth of the grips in millimeters, it is also worth noting that Two Thumb also makes  “24” and “27 Wide” models. This is going to be a much more familiar design to most golfers stateside as they are no-taper putter grips with a lightweight rubber core that is covered in a polyurethane outer layer. Though at first glance these appear very similar to SuperStroke with its no taper, they actually have a more unique shape with harder edges making for a larger front paddle surface area.

On the course these were obviously the easiest for me to get used to as they’re far more traditional. The lightweight nature (30 is 60g and the 27 is 40g) meant a stark contrast to my time with the Big Daddy Original as these actually accentuate the putter head weight through the stroke. The shapes here leant to a lot more versatility with different putting grip styles as well, and even worked well with the claw grip, especially the 30 which is a longer grip top to bottom than the 27.

Aesthetically these are pretty clean grips, and the decision to go with solid colors means they show wear significantly better than say, solid white which we have seen other companies foolishly go with. This is worth talking about because the reality is these dual material type grips will wear more than all rubber counterparts. That said, it definitely makes for one very comfortable putter grip.

An Option to Consider

At THP we have said it a million times, options are good. Everyone wins with more options, especially well thought out ones, and Two Thumb as a company is much more well based than the U.S. readership is going to realize. With multiple Tour Pro’s having used and currently using their grips and 11 worldwide wins, this isn’t a random start up company. But, finding a foothold stateside will be the significant undertaking that Two Thumb has to take on, as is always the case, getting them into the hands of golfers is the key to that, and I’m curious to see how they approach that.

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Price: $43.05 (by conversion rate at time of article)

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23 Comments

  • Hoping people take a look at this one, we are going to do something pretty fun with three of these four grips…and the putters they’re attached to.
  • This is going to be my morning coffee read. I was just thinking I wanted something like this with my new putting style – I look forward to digging in!
  • Certainly looks like a good idea.
    This fun you speak of would be pretty cool to take part in ?
  • The Snug Daddy 27 Wide seems like something I would be interested in trying, but that price point is kind of a concern.
  • I seem to remember someone on the European Tour using this grip a few years back but cant recall who. Would these work well with a pencil grip?
  • Very interesting. As far as the grips I think they look awful with the name so large running down the middle, thats a big turn off for me. I’m not sure if it’s the name itself or the sheer size of it but I don’t like it. I’ve never tried a flat cat but that shape I don’t know about I guess I’d have to try it. The smaller grip in the blue is more my style but still the same aesthetic issues for me. Also that price :oops:

    If it works then I guess it doesn’t matter but I would really have to be struggling at putting to even consider going this route and making that drastic of a change.

  • I seem to remember someone on the European Tour using this grip a few years back but cant recall who. Would these work well with a pencil grip?

    There are several on that Tour still using them including Wiesberger and Wallace.

  • I’ve found the side by side hand putting to work recently and was thinking about these style grips. The big daddy light might be in my future but I’ve got to check out all the models. Great read, @Jman
  • Great write up! For me personally not sure I love the massive design but the more moderate ones seem super intriguing. I can’t remember but I think one of the top five contenders this weekend had a two thumbs grip at the Arnold.
  • I have always wondered how to grip a putter like that with thumbs next to each other. It always felt like I didn’t have control of the club. Does a grip like this help that I assume?
  • I have always wondered how to grip a putter like that with thumbs next to each other. It always felt like I didn’t have control of the club. Does a grip like this help that I assume?

    I love the prayer grip, mainly because I don’t want to be controlling the putter, I want it to flow freely through the stroke, its why I defend one of the best putting drills on the planet is the "no thumbs" drill. Though mine is much more Pat O’Brien with one thumb still offset lower than the other as opposed to the theory associated with the creation of the BD putter grips where they are dead even and the index fingers run down both sides of the grip.

  • No more thoughts or questions?

    I’m excited to get three of these into THP’ers hands….

  • I owned a Two Thumb "original" years ago. It might have been the first non-stock grip I ever owned, remembering the day I rushed to the pro-shop with it to get it installed so I could get it on the course. This was before SuperStroke was even a thing, and the larger grips weren’t as mainstream.

    My thoughts might be pretty outdated, but the things I vividly remember, were how stout the grip was, and how much it really helped my putting at the time.

    Putting was a real low-point of my game back then, and the 2 Thumb original really helped get me into a solid putting stroke. It completely took my wrists out of the putting stroke, and really had me just rocking the shoulders in my putting stroke.

    The main turnoff at the time though, was I wanted a grip that fit inside a putter well nicely, and due to the size/shape, it was a struggle. It was definitely a heavy grip, and that was before I knew anything about how the grip weight affects feel of the putter head, balance, and things like that.

    I honestly thought they didn’t exist as a brand anymore….. long departed from the marketplace. But that was clearly wrong lol. Neat to see they are still around.
    Would I go back to a grip like this? Potentially, if I really wanted to reset my stroke again.

  • Well, they won’t win any beauty awards, but I can see the effectiveness of them. How would you compare it to something like the Garsen grip, where you also can sorta get a prayer like grip to it?
  • I really like the logo down the front as an alignment aid and the overall bold look in general. I’ve never even considered the parallel hands grip and haven’t changed anything about my putting stroke in the last decade since I put the 2-Ball CS in the bag. And that’s an indictment on my lack of playing time, not my putting prowess. In the past, I have favored light and unobtrusive grips, but my Dad’s putting improved dramatically after getting the fattest heaviest grip he could find.
  • The main turnoff at the time though, was I wanted a grip that fit inside a putter well nicely, and due to the size/shape, it was a struggle. It was definitely a heavy grip, and that was before I knew anything about how the grip weight affects feel of the putter head, balance, and things like that.
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    I like the concept of a grip shape with room for two thumbs side-by-side at the top of the grip. But I think the TwoThumb company’s lightest weight grip is 67 grams, which is 12 to 15 grams heavier than I like. If the company produced a 50 to 55 gram putter grip I would buy it and try it.

  • For comparison, over the years the Two Thumb Original has changed a bit.

    The one I had years ago looked like this:
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    New Version courtesy of @Jman:
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  • Another great review James.

    I just messed around with the parallel thumbs concept using my Bag Boy Backbone. I can see how it takes your wrists out of the equation. Like most, I’m all for removing variables when putting.

    I have a few CB putters and IIRC you used clevis pins "back in the day" to give a similar result, but in a standard length shaft. Does the weight of the "Big Daddy" help smooth the stroke in the same way?

  • Surprisingly, I am most intrigued by the original Big Daddy, although I don’t know if I have a heavy enough putter head to put it on.
  • In the process of switching grips from SC Matador to Garsen. These look interesting enough to give it a second look.
  • Another great review James.

    I just messed around with the parallel thumbs concept using my Bag Boy Backbone. I can see how it takes your wrists out of the equation. Like most, I’m all for removing variables when putting.

    I have a few CB putters and IIRC you used clevis pins "back in the day" to give a similar result, but in a standard length shaft. Does the weight of the "Big Daddy" help smooth the stroke in the same way?

    To me, yeah, it essentially served as a big ole counterweight.

  • I really like the idea of a big flat grip. I have an old Hoganardi with a Winn jumbo grip on it. I think the head might be a little light for it, but the grip allowed me to keep soft hands. I’d love to try a prayer grip and this just might be the proper grip for it.
  • i thought the larger putter grips were crazy at first but ive since changed, i love them, one thing i find is the weight distribution difference is crazy. i remember a couple years ago i put one on a futura and it made the head seem light. thats one thing youll have to get used to, in my opinion.

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