June 25, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, PGATOUR.COM
- J.B. Homes trusts his caddie, Brandon Parsons, to apply athletic tape on his putter. (PGA TOUR)
DETROIT, Mich. - Look around the practice greens at a PGA TOUR event, and it’s unlikely you’ll see the same putter setup twice. With all of the new putter grip technologies, prototype putter heads, shaft designs and varying putter lengths, it’s easy to see why each putter used by a PGA TOUR professional is somewhat of a snowflake. Every player is looking for that perfect look and feel to instill confidence on the greens in order to putt their best.
J.B. Holmes is no different, except he uses something on his putter that very few TOUR pros use: athletic tape. No, not lead tape, which many players use to add weight to their club head. Holmes’ SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0 putter grip is wrapped with athletic tape that can be found in your local sporting goods store or pharmacy.
About two years ago, Holmes says he started using athletic tape around his putter grip to combat sweaty hands.
“My hands sweat a lot and the grip gets slick, so I do that so it doesn’t get slippery,” Holmes told PGATOUR.COM.
Actually, Holmes doesn’t apply the tape himself, nor does he have a putter maker from the equipment trucks do it. Instead, he trusts his caddie, Brandon Parsons, to apply the athletic tape.
On the other end of the putter, Holmes uses a Scotty Cameron 009M Tour Only SSS 350 prototype head that he’s had in the bag for “about a year.” Holmes says that he’s “a guy who can switch putters week-to-week,” but that he hasn’t made a change for awhile. Back in February, Holmes used this putter setup -- although he has fresh tape on the grip now – to win the 2019 Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.
For those with extra sweaty palms, try out Holmes’ putter grip trick for less slippage.