The Arm -Lock Converter Putter Grip, the answer to anchored putting, has been selected by Golf Digest editors as one of the top 12 products at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
Avid golfer and stockbroker Ed Klein and PGA Professional Ronnie Espedal from Ocean Shores Golf Course in Washington created the Arm-Lock grip as an alternative for those using an anchored style putting stroke, which will be banned by the USGA and the R & A starting in 2016. Major winners Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley and Champions Tour Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer all use anchored putters. Some players say the long putters have saved their careers.
The Arm- Lock Converter Grip, which retails for $ 34.95 and is USGA conforming replaces a regular grip on any putter, with the bore in the grip angled so that the shaft can align with the forearm similar to the way Matt Kuchar putts. The new design increases the effective loft of a putter by 2 degrees, alleviating the need for a forward press.
In my visit with Ed at the show, who lives in Aberdeen, Washington, I tried the Arm Lock, and although I personally do not use an anchored putter, it certainly seemed like an easy conversion for those who need to change. I also tried the Big Red, a prototype of a counter balanced grip for those like myself who use a traditional stroke, which he will have available by March .
“We are thrilled that the editors at Golf Digest recognized the game-changing aspects of our Arm-Lock Converter Putter Grip,” said Klein. ” I believe anchored putters have kept many golfers interested in the game. If it wasn’t for the longer broomstick style or belly putters, many golfers would have quit the sport years ago.”
Klein and Esperdal, who regularly uses a belly putter, were speaking one day about the new ruling, 14-1b. The two began experimenting on the putting green and decided to put together a new grip and that was the start of a new company, Arm-Lock.
“Our first model was good but not perfect. I woke up one morning and realized what needed to be changed. Instead of the shaft going right through the middle of the grip, we decided to use an angled grip,” Ed said. “Essentially, the Arm-Lock Converter Grip is a grip that will convert any putter into an Arm-Lock putter. We are currently proceeding with contacts from the show, as well as PGA, Champions, European and Web.com Tours. Our other focuses are regional distributors for the grip and marketing to golf professionals. We are also concentrating on connecting with putter companies to expand their product lines with our grips.”
For more information about the Arm-Lock Converter Grip, visit www.Arm-LockGolf.com.