I was taught that keeping your lower body stable while putting is really important. Golf Pride‘s new Reverse Taper grip tries to help us with this. Would it really depend on that?
Reverse Taper – a new technology – intended to stabilize both hands during the putting stroke for a squarer putter face at impact – regardless of the golfer’s gripping style.
The new Golf Pride Reverse Taper design features
- a slim upper hand section and
- a gradually wider lower-hand section to create the ‘Reverse Taper,’ in addition to
- a soft feel and enhanced tacky texture with a dimple pattern for added traction.
Through player testing and the gathering of consumer insights, Golf Pride has discovered that a common cause of players struggling with the putting stroke is more often than not, an overactive lower hand.
Reverse Taper technology helps a player to smooth out the overactive tendencies of the lower hand, ultimately allowing each hand to perform at its optimal level and enhancing performance on the greens.
Using a SAMS putting lab, Golf Pride tested a total of 364 putts, with over 21,000 variables measured. Conditions measured included
- face path,
- back swing ratio,
- forward swing ratio,
- face position at impact,
- face rotation, and more.
Through this testing, Golf Pride was able to determine that Reverse Taper technology delivers a 15% squarer putter face at impact (measured in degrees) vs. a parallel putter grip when comparing a zero-degree starting point (straight 12-foot putt with a putter face aimed at the target).
By placing the hands correctly on the putter utilizing Reverse Taper technology, golfers will be able to return the putter face square to their target line more often.
Golf Pride Reverse Taper – Availability
The Reverse Taper collection will be available to purchase in 3 unique shapes:
- The first is a round-back grip with a small flat section on the front,
- the second is a traditional pistol style in the upper hand, and the third is
- an innovative flat-sided grip to allow for a square feeling at the address.
Each shape is also available in two user-friendly sizes (medium and large), allowing players to benefit from Reverse Taper technology in their preferred grip size.
Golf Pride’s Reverse Taper putter grips are available for trade pre-order now. Reverse Taper technology will be made available to global consumers in mid-February 2024.