With the anchored putting stroke set to become outlawed prior to next year’s PGA Show, companies are looking ahead at different ways to adjust. Counterbalance technology, which features extra weight on the butt end of the club and a heavier clubhead, helps to simulate the feel of having a putter anchored to a player’s body.
After picking up the Odyssey Tank Cruiser #1 Wide Putter, you can immediately feel the added weight that helps to stabilize your stroke. This eliminates the hands while swinging the putter and creates an incredibly smooth swing.
The difference between the counterbalance putter and the next one I picked up — a Bobby Jones limited edition MC-2 — was incredible. The effort to hit the ball with the lighter MC-2 putter was minimal compared to the acceleration you need in order to reach the hole with a counterbalance putter.
Apart from actual putters, the golf industry has its sight set on other types of devices that will help with the transition for many golfers who use an anchored stroke.
The Arm-Lock Golf Grip goes on any putter and adds a tremendous amount of weight to the grip as you press it up against your lead forearm.
After making five putts in a row, I was convinced that this could certainly help people whether they anchor the putter or not.