Pros: The wide, flat section on the front of the grips helps fill up a golfer’s hands, which can add stability to their stroke and help relieve tension. The pistol-style backing provides more “reminders” for hand placement than SuperStroke’s round-backed putter grips.
Cons: The grips come to a point in the back that is very noticeable in the fingers. Some golfers will love it, others will hate it. The Flatso (100 grams) and Flatso Ultra (85 grams) are also a bit on the heavy side, which could cause swing weight problems.
Bottom Line: They’re still non-tapered, but the Flatso family has a shape that’s much different than… anything else, really. They come in three distinct sizes that should cover the needs of most interested golfers. While they won’t be as popular as SuperStroke’s round-backed grips, plenty of golfers are still going to dig them.
The Flatso grips build on the platform established by SuperStroke’s extremely popular line of round-backed grips, the Ultra Slim 1.0, Mid Slim 2.0, Slim 3.0 and Flatso 5.0. Like those grips, the Flatso grips are non-tapered, but they have wide, flat section on their fronts that are designed to place goflers’ hands farther apart to help them make a more shoulder-driven stroke.
From top to bottom: SuperStroke’s Flatso, Flatso Mid and Flatso Ultra putter grips.
The back part of the Flatso grips form a pentagon-shape, giving them a pistol feel that many golfers prefer in their putter grip. They come in three different sizes, the largest being the Flatso, which has a 1.7-inch diameter and weighs about 100 grams. The Flatso Mid has a 1.4-inch diameter and weighs 60 grams, while the smallest model, the Flatso Ultra, has a 1.1-inch diameter and weighs 85 grams. All three grips measure 10.5 inches in length, and a 17-inch Flatso “Arm Lock” grip will also be available.
The Flatso and Flatso Mid grips will cost $24.99, while the The Flatso Ultra will cost $19.99. The Flatso 17-inch grip will maintain the company’s 2013 graphics (more on that in the Looks and Feel section) and will cost $29.99. All four grips will hit stores in April 2014.
SuperStroke’s Flatso putter grips are exactly what the company intended them to be: oversized putter grips with a shape that makes them feel much different than the company’s round-backed putter grips.
The wide, flat front sections of the grips helped move their edges into the lifelines of my hands, making them feel more stable on the putter. I also enjoyed the very “feelable” seam on the back of the grip, which served as a nice reminder of where my fingers should rest.
The largest grip in the series, “Flatso,” will most likely be preferred by players with larger hands or by those who want their hands as far apart as possible on the putter grip. For a lot of golfers, Flatso will feel way too big, however, like they’re gripping a pop can. But for some golfers, like K.J. Choi, who has used SuperStroke’s Fatso grip for nearly a decade, it has the potential to kill off the small twitches that can make 3-footers miss the cup.
Most golfers will probably gravitate toward the Flatso Mid and Flatso Ultra grips, which are a much more manageable size. Like SuperStroke’s “Slim 2.0″ round-backed grip, the Flatso Mid is a nice middle ground between a conventional-size putter grip and the company’s largest grips. It gives a feeling of splitting the hands without making them feel like strangers.
The Flatso Ultra, played by Jordan Spieth, will probably be the model liked by most better players because of its more conventional size. But it’s still a very unique-feeling grip thanks to its firm underlisting, which maintains the grip’s crisp pentagonal lines that act much like a reminder rib in a club grip.
The 2014 Flatso Mid (red) and Flatso Ultra (silver)
Personally, I did not care for the Flatso Mid or Flatso Ultra as much as the Flatso, because I could not seem to make the three distinct ridges on the back of the grip fit properly in my hands. But I have very large hands, and know that my preferences will be in the minority.
The Flatso (100 grams) and Flatso Ultra (85 grams) are a little heavier than most models, which gives them the counterbalancing effect that is trending right now in the world of golf. The Flatso Mid, 60 grams, should not affect swing weight on most golfers’ putters.
A note about installation: The Flatso grips were easy to install and remove using the “blow on method.” All three versions of the Flatso were installed with one piece of build up tape and stayed secured throughout the testing process. Aligning the grip was easy and hassle free thanks to the wider flat sections of the grips.
Looks and Feel
SuperStroke’s “CrossTraction” grip texture is used on all three Flatso putter grips. It debuted on its 2013 line of putter grips, and was well received for its improved performance in the rain and hot, humid weather. What’s best about the new grip texture is that it did not change what originally attracted most golfers to SuperStroke’s putter grips in the first place, the tacky polyurethane material that balances a soft feel with a firm underlisting.
In 2013, the company launched the Flatso grips with “split graphics” that were a slight departure from the company’s cleaner design on its round-backed grips. For 2014, the cleaner graphics have returned, with a dual-color thumb-placement design that’s new for the company’s retail grips.
2013 Flatso graphics
2014 Flatso graphics
Each of the 2014 grips have their own unique colorway, with the Flatso available in white/black/green, the Flatso Mid available in white/black/red and the Flatso Ultra available in white/black/silver. The new graphics will help differentiate the models being used on the professional tours, and will also make the grips appear smaller because of the removal of the center line on the middle of the flat front section.
The new Flatso series of grips are a great addition to the company’s product line. They’re a niche product, and for that reason they won’t sell like the company’s original round-backed grips. But players who like them are going to love them, growing SuperStroke’s notoriety in the serious golfer community.