Flat Cat Putter Grips Review: It’s Hip to be Square
Golf swings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Anybody that tells you there is one way to swing a golf club correctly is off their rocker . . . they probably haven’t taken a look at Bubba Watson’s swing, and their entire world would collapse at the sight of Jim Furyk’s flailing. A swing doesn’t have to follow an exact path or stay on a perfect plane to get the job done. There are plenty of players who can make those minuscule adjustments that turn ugly contorting into a beautifully played shot. Except for putting. Putting is slow, it’s deliberate, it has fewer moving parts, but one thing with putting his certain: there are different types of strokes, but for every one of them, the face better be squared to the desired path at impact. That, it would turn out, is much easier said than done.
Flat Cat putter grips have taken notice of the necessity of squaring the face and developed a grip that allows you to feel in your hands when the putter face is squared to your intended path.
Flat Cat putter grips come in four different sizes: Slim, Standard, Fat, and Big Boy. It must be something about the square shape, most super-oversized grips feel like your using a child’s arm as a grip, but the Flat Cat Big Boy doesn’t. It’s big enough that it will quiet yippy hands, but it isn’t big enough to dissuade someone who uses a standard-sized grip from trying it. Because Flat Cat’s square shape makes it feel smaller than it is, the slim grip feels like gripping a pencil with two hands.
If you haven’t heard of Flat Cat, you will start hearing about them more. Currently Hank Haney is a spokesperson for the brand and OWGR #14 Hideki Matsuyama finished T7 at this year’s Players Championship using a Flat Cat putter grip. So, if you don’t believe a former tour swing coach, believe an up and coming star on the PGA Tour.
When using the Flat Cat Big Boy putter grip it was noticeably easier to feel whether or not the face had been returned to square at impact without feeling like it was too bulky. As far as the feel of the grip is concerned, it’s similar to a SuperStroke grip — it has that ever so slight soft, squishy feeling — and it doesn’t feel too bulky. The Slim Fat Cat grip weighs in at 45 grams, and the Big Boy tips the scales at 104 grams.
To find out more about Flat Cat putter grips and their products, check out their website where all the grips retail for $27.99 with a money back guarantee. It’s unlikely that anybody who buys a grip from them is going to want to test the refund guarantee, though.