New Golf Grips: Cautionary Tales
For many golfers there is one piece of gear that often gets overlooked. It is the grips on our clubs. Old, worn
golf club grips can affect your play, and more so than many golfers realize.
Today's newsletter looks into some of the issues surrounding club grips.
The importance of your club grips should never be discounted. They are, after all, the only part of the club
that you actually come into contact with as you swing the club.
Golf club grips can and do wear down. That's the bad news. The good news replacing grips is far more affordable
than one might think.
When it is time for you to replace your grips, use this guide to help you find the proper grips for your
There are five sizes for most grips. They are large, medium, small, junior and ladies. If you are not sure of
your size, have a local pro help you out or go to a larger golfing retail store and have them help you out. Getting
the right size of grip is very important, so don't guess on this one.
Using a grip that is too small will result in increased tension of the fingers, and a grip that is too big will
hinder your hand and wrist movements.
Once you have your size determined, try a few different varieties of firmness. The grip has to feel right in
your hands, and firmness is often the key to getting that proper feeling. You have three basic options:
Softer Grips: These are the easiest on the hands and very comfortable.
Mid-Grips: These are medium type grips and are usually the standard firmness used on most clubs.
Harder Grips: These are firm grips that allow for more control during the golf swing. Of the three, these are
the hardest on the hands and so may not be a good option for those who have either weak hands or arthritis.
Choosing the Type of Grip:
Grips come in different types as well. Some grips are very good at absorbing wetness, others have more of a
tacky feel to them, and yet others offer a variety of ribbings.
For those who often play in moist or wet conditions, the moisture-absorbing grip or corded grip is your best
For those who play in very arid or dry conditions, a golf grip that remains sticky or tacky might be your best
There are a variety of materials available today for golf
club grips. The only way to pick the one best suited for your needs is to try a few while you are at the pro
shop or retailer. Again, make sure the grip feels right in your hands.
First Time Out:
Do not be surprised if you make a few missed shots during your first outing or two with your new grips. It will
take a bit of time for your hands and fingers to get used to the new thickness and shape of the grips.
If you have moved up in size, for whatever reason, it may take a bit longer to get the proper swing-feel of the
new grip. A trip to the practice range would be a very good idea as you become accustomed to your new grips.
Do not forget to practice with all of the clubs that have the new grips. Speaking of which, is best to have all
of your clubs re-gripped at the same time, even though some of the lesser played clubs may not need it.
When it comes to golf club grips, consistency is important.
If you're a woman golfer, I recommend you check out the Lady Golfers Guide - it has a great section on using the
right equipment, lots of people find it useful: