Over the past two decades, significant efforts have been made to introduce film riding sealing technology on large industrial or aerospace gas turbines. The main challenge comes from the high surface speeds and high temperatures, which lead to large thermal distortions. One approach to tackle the effect of thermally induced distortion is to design a seal to operate at a large film to limit the viscous heat generation. To design a seal pad that maximizes force at relatively high film heights, it is important to select the seal groove type that looks the most promising to deliver this characteristic. Several groove types have been assessed as part of this study. The most promising groove type is the Rayleigh step, which gives the strongest level of combined hydrostatic and hydrodynamic load support while also being easier to tessellate on individual seal segments. The results generated using a uniform grid Reynolds equation method show reasonable agreement with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calculations. This provides confidence in the validity of the method, approach, and results.