Writing this latest edition for the blog has been fun, mostly because it made me take a look back many years, and I have realised just how far we have come with the product. The two images you can see below are pictures of the very first, very raw P2 putter grip. At that time it wasn’t even a P2, that name came along some years after, from memory I think we just called it the “double grip” for obvious reasons. These pictures were taken back in 2004 when I first stumbled across the notion for the P2 grip.
How P2 grips came to be.
I had just bought myself a new Scotty Cameron putter, but I didn’t like the grip it came with, the grip felt a little too thin. So, in trying to decide what grip I would replace it with, I held a grip on top of the Scotty Cameron grip. I was just trying to get a feel for what felt better or more comfortable. However, the two grips together for some reason felt very comfortable, I was able to get both thumbs to sit on top of the grip pointing straight down towards the shaft which I often struggled with. I tended to grip the putter like I was hitting an iron, with one thumb too far to one side of the grip. For me, this was the first sign that this “double grip” was useful! It then became apparent that I couldn’t place my hands on the grip incorrectly because of the relatively flat sides, which meant my hands were consistently positioned square to the putter face.
As you can see from the picture on the right, the Scotty Cameron grip is still on the bottom. It’s great that I still have the pictures…..because I don’t have a clue where the actual grip is! The brown marks you can see at the top and bottom of the grip are where I have removed the brown parcel tape that originally held the grips together, before my brother helped me glue them properly…….and I use the word “properly” loosely.
Producing the P2 grips.
For the next 4 years I thought about my idea, I looked into what would be involved, and each time I did it was the patents which struck fear in me. It was a world I knew nothing about, I knew I would be out of my depth and that put me off continuously. However, after a sad end to 2007 when my Grandad passed away, followed closely by my aunt in February and my uncle in September 2008, I realised that life was too short not to give my idea ago.
From my first meeting with the patent attorneys in January 2009, it took 3 years to get P2 to the market with the design of our current model. Did everything run smoothly?……NO is the simple answer! I have attached a picture of the first attempts that were made by a factory at manufacturing our grip, unfortunately they were no more than a hard plastic with as much grip as a bar of soap! The worst thing is that this wasn’t even the worst attempt. The grey grip pictured, sent by the manufacturer, is a material that could only be compared to lagging for pipes, so for a plumber they would have been useful but not anyone trying to improve their putting. It was unfortunately money down the drain as everything out of Chinese factories is paid for before leaving the country.
It was a steep learning curve though, and I knew I had to hire some professionals who specialised in product design and manufacturing. We started working with Spear Technologies in March 2011, and it is they who are again designing our new models. Everything changes, everything evolves, and now has come the time for P2 to evolve.
Watch out for our next blog post next Thursday evening, where we will begin to show you those new design ideas and what is the new P2 range for launch at the PGA Show in January!
Take care until then,
Designer – P2 Grips