The grips you use on your clubs are an integral part of your game, and having the right ones can make a huge difference to the way your game goes.  If you’re a regular player you will probably have to replace them once or even twice a year, but there’s no reason to stick with the ones that came with your clubs.  Every year brings new innovations in golf grip design, and you need to take advantage of them to stay on top of your game.  Choosing from the huge range available can be daunting though, so I’ve put together a few tips to help you choose.

  1. Look for comfort.  A grip that is comfortable in your hand will mean you can have a more relaxed hold.  That in turn translates to a more relaxed forearm, upper arm and shoulder, and results in a smoother swing for much less effort.  It is no longer the case that soft grips twist with each impact, as the first ones did, and many people who’ve made the change to very soft thermoplastic grips have reported a marked improvement in their game.
  2. Playing in the UK often means that you’ll have to deal with damp conditions that create a lot of moisture in the air.  When it isn’t damp you might find yourself have to deal with warm or humid conditions that make your hands sweat.  Whatever the cause, there are plenty of companies that offer grips that contain cord to counteract any loss of grip from the moisture.  The cord is now designed to be softer and easy on your hands, so don’t think that because you tried it years ago it won’t be effective now. 
  3. Choose your grips according to the way you use each club.  That applies not only to the softness of the compound and whether cord is used, but also to the size and shape of the grip.  A wedge, for example, might need a grip that doesn’t have any tapering so you can move your hands to wherever you need them, or a long putter might need an extra long grip.  Your drivers, on the other hand, can have standard tapered grips as you swing the same way every time. 
  4. Choose grips to suit you.  That is, choose ones that complement you rather than forcing you to fit a particular type.  If you’ve got large hands, go for an oversize grip.  If you don’t like the feel of patterned or dimpled grips, then go for plain grooves instead.  Reduce the taper if you have a tendency to slice the ball.  The possibilities are endless, so don’t struggle with something that doesn’t suit you and don’t be afraid to try different ones out until you get it right.
  5. Be open minded, and don’t just stick to one brand of golf grips because you’ve always used them.  Be willing to try out others and see if they’ve advanced their designs and technology since you last tried them.  A mixture of brands isn’t a bag thing either, if you’ve got the best grip for each club.