Golf Digest: Stenson's secret

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"Garsen’s putter grips, which feature an angled rather than the traditionally flat front section, have been on tour for the past three years with wins in the hands of J.B. Holmes and Tony Finau. But Stenson’s win at Royal Troon will be a game-changer for the model turned assistant pro turned golf grip designer and entrepreneur. The grip is designed so the thumbs naturally oppose each other and the wrists are angled in a way that discourages unwanted and unreliable bending and hinging.

Stenson has been using the oversized G-Pro Max on his Odyssey White Hot XG #7H putter since switching to it at the Shell Houston Open two years ago. Garsen said Stenson converted to the grip after his teacher Pete Cowen showed him the grips he’d been testing for Garsen.

“He actually had been using the original smaller version on some wedges as a training aid and I asked him to take a few grips to try on some putters,” Garsen said by phone this morning. “A few weeks later Henrik put it in play.” Garsen said Stenson actually kept that same grip on for about two years before recently switching to a fresh one.

Garsen, whose modeling career also included hundreds of television commercials, ads and billboards in Spain and Greece (including this image from 1992), has played golf since he was a child and he most recently was an assistant pro in Florida before developing the putter grip. He said he had always putted with an opposing thumbs method."