Getting the right grip for your game is very important. You also need to ensure your golf grips are clean and fit for play. This often overlooked component of every golf club comes in a range of different materials, size, and style. To help you choose one that’s suitable for you we’re going to be looking at the various aspects of a golf grip, and helping you to understand them more. We aim to guide you and point you in the right direction.
Different types of golf grip
Rubber – A large percentage of golf grips are rubber. It’s easy to shape and produce, and offers an adhesive yet firm feel. Other materials with similar properties are also used such as elastomers, silicon, and plastic.
Corded – A cord material makes up the composition of the grip. This added material makes it much better for playing in the wet or hot weather. However, the surface can be very uncomfortable and even abrasive, which won’t suit all players.
Wrap – These are more old school, and look like the original grips that had leather strips wrapped around the shaft. Modern materials are used nowadays to give a soft feel and a tacky touch.
Putter grips – The grips found on putters are different from those for woods and irons. Not as much traction is required because this club is not one that is gripped tightly or swung hard. Putter grips are also the only grip allowed, according to the rules, to have a flat edge. This will often be at the front of the grip as a guide on where to put your thumbs.
Firm or soft? Round or ribbed?
Round grips are symmetrical in design, whereas ribbed grips have a small ridge that runs its length. This ridge can be used to guide players on where their hands and fingers should be.
Firmer grips are used more by Tour players because there is better torsion control which suits faster swing speeds. They also encourage a lighter grip pressure. Softer grips are preferred by older players and beginners. They make it more comfortable and easier to grip.
Golf grips should fit your hand
Research suggests that as many as three quarters of golfers use the wrong grip size. Ideally a grip that is the right size should allow a golfer’s fingers to barely touch the palm. However, some players prefer to use one that’s larger, because it limits a draw or hook. And there are also those that prefer a thinner grip because it can help to limit a slice. Sizes tend to fall into one of 5 categories.
Oversize/Jumbo – 1/8 inch bigger than standard
Midsize – 1/16 inch bigger than standard
Undersize – 1/64 inch smaller than standard
Junior – Available in various sizes, both shorter and smaller than standard
Standard size is 0.580 to 0.600 inches in diameter.
If necessary, minor adjustments can be made to the size by wrapping various layers of tape between the grip and the shaft. This practice is popular among Tour players because it means they can have different levels of thickness under either hand.
How long should a grip last?
This kind of depends on how you play your game. How hard you grip it, how often you play or practice, how many swings you take and how you look after the grips are all important factors. It is suggested by many grip manufacturers they be replaced once a year, or every forty rounds of gold.
How to look after your grips and increase their lifespan
Regular cleaning is going to be of big benefit to your golf grips. A mild dishwashing detergent is really all that’s required. If your grips are rubber you can use a soft abrasive pad or brush. Non-buffed grips should be cleaned using a washcloth. After a gentle scrub, the grip should be rinsed in clean, warm water and then air or towel dried.
Rubber grips can become damaged when exposed to heat, so store them out of overly dry or hot environments.
You should be able to tell when your grips are in need of replacing, just from their feel. However, there are a few tell tale signs to look out for. For example, cracks in the material, shiny spots, smooth or hard areas on the grip, or wear around the area where your fingers usually sit. As soon as you notice any of these signs, you should think about finding the best replacement golf grips.
When it comes to changing your grips there are plenty of golf shops and pro stores that will do it for you. One club will only take 5 minutes or so, and it’s well worth the cost.