October 08, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- The X Traxion Claw putter grip incorporates a pistol top hand profile with three flat sides in the bottom hand to facilitate a claw grip by increasing the overall surface area. (SuperStroke photos)
The claw putter grip maintains relatively low usage on the PGA TOUR, but over the last few years, a number of notable players have tried the grip that was popularized by former winner Chris DiMarco, including Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.
While there are different variations of the claw grip, the goal is to allow the shoulder to control the stroke and return the club face to square on a consistent basis, without any unnecessary forward press or body movement.
Realizing that more players are using a claw grip, SuperStroke is attempting to capitalize on the growing trend by creating a putter grip designed specifically for the claw.
The X Traxion Claw putter grip incorporates a pistol top hand profile with three flat sides in the bottom hand to facilitate a claw grip by increasing the overall surface area.
The genesis behind the design is to produce a "more vertical locked-in feeling" at address by aligning the upper wrist with the putter while reducing wrist action in the bottom hand to improve putter face consistency at impact.
The grip's Traxion Control builds on the feel and playability of the original SuperStroke grip with a surface texture design that enhances feedback and feel through X-shaped "Traxion" zones on the polyurethane outer layer.
Due to the importance of hand position with the claw grip, SuperStroke created an Advanced Spyne Technology design specifically made to improve the chances of producing a repeatable claw grip with each stroke.
The Tech-Port found in the butt end of each grip was made to accept all SuperStroke accessories including the CounterCore weight system that allows golfers to fine-tune feel and stability by adjusting the weight of the grip.
A 50-gram back-weight engages larger muscles in the arms, shoulders and back, which results in more of a pendulum motion. The grip can also be played without the back-weight.
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