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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.