Pros: A new take on the traditional pistol-style putter grip. Design minimizes wrist breakdown and lays the foundation for a more consistent stroke. Solid construction, comparable to grips from major manufacturers.

Cons: The necessary hand position may alter a golfer’s putting stroke. The different look and feel to gripping the putter will take getting used to.

Bottom Line: If you have the yips or wrist breakdown, are unhappy with your current grip or style, or are merely looking for something different, Garsen’s putter grips are worth a try.

Overview

A golfer since a young age, Bernerd Garsen has spent the past 12 years in the South Florida golf industry, most recently as an assistant golf pro.

It was during this time period that the idea behind his grips began to take shape. As Garsen says:

“Just by working with people and being around golf, I saw that people had a lot of wrist breakdown. The putter grip hasn’t been changed in ages except for size and material. This is a new shape, a new design.”

Garsen’s grip is designed with an inverted v-shape on its front, which according to the designer puts the hands in a neutral position by placing one thumb on each side of the grip. As a result, the elbows are pulled tighter to the body at address and the shoulders fall back and relax. That lays the foundation for a more stable, consistent stroke.

How does it work? Here’s the claim from Garsen:

“[The] patented, two-sided design, which places your hands into a neutral position, turns your elbows into your body and sets your shoulders back. This puts your body in a relaxed position and eliminates unnecessary wrist breakdown. This creates a more repetitive putting stroke. Together, these characteristics contribute to a more confident putting stroke, which will lead to making more putts.”

According to Garsen, top teachers Mike Bender, Pete Cowen and Mike Shannon, are promoting the grip and it has been favorably received by touring professionals.

Garsen has only been in the grip business for a year and he’s already making significant strides with tour players. J.B. Holmes won the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year with a Garsen G-Pro EDGE on his putter (and picked up 1.4 strokes on the field with the flatstick for the tournament). World No. 2 Henrik Stenson is presently using the MAX.

The G-Pro EDGE retails for $19.95. It’s available in Black, White, Blue Red.

  • Grip diameter: Semi Mid-Size
  • Weight: 73 grams (+ 1 – 3 grams)
  • Core Size: .580
  • Firmness: Medium
  • Shock Absorption: High
  • Material: TPO
  • Feel: Semi-tacky
  • Profile: Semi-Tapered Paddle

The G-Pro MAX retails for $24.95 and is available in Black/White and White/Black styles.

  • Grip diameter: 2 inches
  • Weight: 60 grams
  • Core Size: .60
  • Firmness: Medium
  • Shock Absorption: High
  • Material: High-Tech PU Material
  • Feel: Semi-tacky
  • Profile: Semi-Tapered Pistol

Performance

Traditionally, evaluating the performance of a grip outside of looks and feel is difficult unless the grip makes a specific claim. For example, the SuperStroke is designed to minimize hand action and wrist breakdown.

Garsen makes the same claim.

Both the EDGE and MAX force a golfer’s elbows back against the body, which does create a greater feeling of stability and sense of connectedness in the putting stroke. To a degree, it also seems easier to grab your putter and set up squarely from the position.

As a result of the way a golfer is forced to hold the putter with the Garsen grip, wrist breakdown is virtually impossible, as is a significant amount of manipulation with the hands. This was certainly evident in testing Garsen grips on a couple of putters, and it’s easy to see why an historically iffy putter, J.B. Holmes, would be attracted to the model.

Looks and Feel

The feel of the EDGE and MAX are comparable to grips from any other major manufacturer. To a degree, rubber is rubber. Obviously, the EDGE is a standard size grip and the MAX is sized similarly to the SuperStroke Slim 2.0.

The distinct elements of both the look and feel of gripping a putter with a Garsen installed come from the way you grip the Garsen grip.

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Some golfers may feel gripping the putter in the manner above alters the putting stroke stroke somewhat. While Garsen makes the argument the change is for the better, the determination is up to the individual golfer to make. Regardless, it’s important to stress that the grip necessitates a different grip, as it were.

The Takeaway

While Garsen’s grips make take some getting used to, they’re certainly worth a shot for golfers who struggle with their putting, particularly those who deal with lead-wrist breakdown and general yippiness.

And of the above, there are many.

Those who prefer a thicker grip ought to try the MAX, while those who like the traditional pistol-style putter grip should consider the EDGE.

Whether the creatures of habit that walk our golf courses will get on board with something that looks different than the grip they’ve been playing forever and necessitates a new way of holding the putter remains to be seen.

Ultimately, Bernerd Garsen has created a variant of the traditional putter grip that does what it claims to do. And he’s not done innovating yet: Garsen told us that he’s just returned from China where he discussed the production of a new, three-sided grip.

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  1. I got the G-Pro Edge and since then, my putting improved considerably. I got used to the grip in minutes, in few words it is not a big change that brings great benefits. This is not a big change as switching from a standard putter to a belly or even a broomstick. Of course, if you are not open to changes, perhaps this is not the grip for you but I suggest to give it a try.

  2. I tried one of the Garsens for a couple of rounds and I can see where it would be helpful, but I know personally I could never get comfortable with it. I would recommend people try it and see if it works for them.

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