Tiger Woods was spotted practicing Wednesday at the Presidents Cup with a new putter grip on his Nike Method 001 putter, a SuperStroke Ultra Slim 1.0 that is roughly twice the size of his usual putter grip.
SuperStroke’s oversized grips have exploded in popularity on the professional tours in 2013, with Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner using the company’s Slim 3.0 grip to win the season’s final two majors. The larger-sized grips are thought to help golfers quiet their hands and relieve tension during the stroke, which can improve consistency, particularly on short putts under pressure.
The Ultra Slim grip Woods was spotted using is considerably smaller than the grips used by Mickelson and Dufner (Woods’ grip has a 1.0-inch diameter instead of a 1.3-inch diameter). But any change is a big change for Woods, who has used the same style putter and grip for each of his 14 major championship victories.