SuperStroke™ Putter Grip Helps KJ Choi To Sony Open Victory, His Seventh on Tour
HONOLULU, Hawaii — SuperStroke™ Putter Grip user KJ Choi completed an impressive wire-to-wire run at the Sony Open on Sunday, capping the week with a birdie putt on the 72nd hole for a three-stroke winning margin and the $954,000 first-place check. For the tournament, Choi finished at 14 under par and led after every round.
The win, Choi’s seventh on the PGA Tour, gives him at least one Tour title for the fourth consecutive year, the same as Phil Mickelson. Only two players, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, have longer consecutive-year winning streaks. With the Sony victory, Choi also leads in FedEx Cup points for the young 2008 season.
In Sunday’s final round, the field battled up to 30-mile-per-hour winds on the Waialae Country Club course, making short-game success a priority. For his part, Choi needed to hole 14-foot par putts on both the first and second holes, and an 8-foot putt for a bogey on No. 4, to keep the rest of the field in his rearview mirror.
“It was very difficult conditions out there,” Choi said. “Every shot was difficult because you never knew where the ball would go. I think the biggest thing I learned this week is no matter what the conditions are, you have to be patient with yourself.”
In an interview after the second round, Choi credited the SuperStroke grip as being instrumental in his consistent putting. “It helps me to have my arms closely fit to my body,” he said, “and it takes the wrist action out so every putt feels more comfortable.”
Choi added that reduced hand pressure, a result of the SuperStroke’s large diameter, helps prevent pulled or pushed putts. “This week, there were no right side or left side misses,” he said.
SuperStroke grips are available in the just-introduced ProLine Series, which features bold new designs and colors plus a new surface material, as well as the original Classic Series, which are now offered in red or blue as well as the original charcoal gray.
At more than an inch and half in diameter – twice that of a conventional putter grip – all SuperStroke grips “fill the hands,” so the tendency to squeeze too tightly is greatly reduced. In addition, the grip’s exclusive and patented, virtually taper-free design promotes even pressure in both the right and left hands, helping to maintain a square putter face. And by keeping the hands “quiet,” the SuperStroke eliminates most wrist action in the putting stroke.
SuperStroke is USGA- and R&A-conforming for regular play and installs in minutes on any putter without any messy adhesives.
Stroke Solutions, Inc., the Wisconsin-based maker of the oversized SuperStroke™ Putter Grip, has signed KJ Choi, one of the world’s top professional golfers, to an endorsement contract for 2008.
Choi, the world’s ninth-ranked player and a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, had his best season ever in 2007. He won twice on tour and finished an impressive fifth in the FedEx Cup standings.
One of his wins, at the AT&T National Tournament in July, marked the first time he had used the SuperStroke grip in competition. As a result of its performance at the AT&T, the SuperStroke has been on Choi’s putter ever since – including impressive performances in the PGA and British Open tournaments, second-place finishes at the Barclays and a UBS Hong Kong Open, and a win at the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea.
“There’s no question that the SuperStroke was one of the hottest products to hit the golf industry in 2007 – especially after KJ won with it at the AT&T tournament,” said Ron Creten, president of Stroke Solutions. “We couldn’t be happier to have such a quality player, and a quality person, on our team.”
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According to Choi, putting confidence has been a real factor in his recent success. “In the past, every time I finished my round there was something about my game, usually my putting, that I always felt there was something missing,” he said. “But with the SuperStroke that feeling has gone away. It works well and exactly as I thought. It keeps me from using my wrists too much and makes me use my shoulders to putt. It just makes the ball roll better and it gives me confidence.”
At more than an inch and half in diameter – twice that of a conventional putter grip – the SuperStroke “fills the hands,” so the tendency to squeeze too tightly is greatly reduced. In addition, the grip’s patented, virtually taper-free design promotes even pressure in both the right and left hands. And by keeping the hands “quiet,” the SuperStroke eliminates most wrist action in the putting stroke.
SuperStroke is USGA- and R&A-conforming for regular play and installs in minutes on any putter.
Source : SuperStroke – Stroke Solutions