Counterbalanced, Dual Balanced, Counter-weighted Putters
The newest trend in putters in counterbalanced, where additional weight is added to the head and that weight is balanced by more weight in the butt end with a massive grip or counterweight, or both. Heavy Putters, counter-weight kits and grips like Tiger Shark have been around for awhile, and probably accomplish somewhat the same thing that counterbalancing does now.
The idea is to keep the hands and wrists still during the putting stroke, maintain a rhythmic swing and avoid whacking the ball. The heavier putter heads, which have been in vogue since Scotty Cameron starting weighting the heads to match the shaft lengths 14 years ago, tend to keep the putter face square during impact. The counterweighting or counterbalancing should help keep the hands quiet.
Ping's Ketsch putter is back ordered and stands out as the most in-demand of the counterbalanced putters so far this season. Scotty Cameron has introduced two dual balanced putters, GoLo 7 and a new version of the Newport 2 with 50 grams of extra weight in both the butt end and putter head. Callaway is offering the Tank Cruiser with adjustable weighting and these huge grips from Winn (1.18 and 1.36) and SuperStroke let a golfer try counterbalancing his own putter.
It will interesting to see if counterbalancing becomes the norm the way putter heads with high MOI became when the Odyssey 2-Ball putter was introduced in 2001. What can get lost with all this weight is feel. Playing on fast greens is difficult with heavy putters and a lighter touch is often needed to play the breaks.
Let's see what putter wins the next three majors this year.