Posted on October 19th, 2015 at 10:51 AM
The grip is the connecting point between you and the golf club, some people compare a golf grips with a tire of a car connecting a car with the road. Many golfers pay attention mostly to the club head, some pay attention to the golf shaft, less players are concerned about their grips.
Over the years, a grip absorbs moisture, becomes harder and slack, the surface pattern is wearing off, all this will impair your game.
A common mistake when selecting a grip is to pick a grip based on look and price. When selecting a golf grips, there are three critical points to look at:
Technology: New technology makes the grips more effective, longer lasting and providing better performance than before.
Size of Grip: A new grip will not improve your game if they are not the correct size.
Looks and Feel: what grip looks best to your eye and feels most comfortable in your hands?
In the past all grips were made from rubber, some with cord infused, most are solid rubber. Most popular surface pattern are wrap style and a smooth velvet style with dimples. The technology has considerably changed grip designs in recent years offering a much wider variety than ever before. Nowadays there are grips made from synthetic PU materials, hybrid grips made from rubber and synthetic PU materials, grips made from enhanced or man made rubber materials.
Size is an important factor when selecting a grip.
If you usually wear a glove when playing golf, have a glove on when selecting a new grip and trying different sizes.
Even if two player have same size of hands, it does not necessarily mean they will use the same size of lamkin golf grips. The needed size depends on how they are holding the club, how their wrists hangs, what type of shots they want to accomplish.
A golfer should use a grip that comfortably fits his hands similar like wearing a pair of shoes fitting your feet. Recent studies reveal that almost 3 out of 4 players are using the wrong size of grip.
The rule of thumb is that a properly fitted grips allows the fingers of your top hand to barely touch the palm.
If your grip is too small or too large, it can cost you 3-4 strokes every round. If your grip is too small, it promotes extra hand action and often leads to pulling the ball. If your grip is too large, it limits wrist pronation, reduces shot distance, and reduces accuracy because you will slice or push a shot.
However some golfers prefer a slightly larger grip to reduce wrist movement (to limit a draw or hook), whereas others prefer a lightly thinner grip to limit a slice.
Some golfers adjust the size of a grip by adding some layers of tape between the shaft and grip. You can even achieve a different level of thickness under each hand by adding more layers to either the top or bottom portion of your grip. One layer of tape will add 1/64” in dia. and 3 layers will add 1/32”.
Over sized grips and grips with less tapered profile are helpful for people who suffer from arthritis in their hands.
The weight of your grip can also effect the swing weight and ‘feel’ of clubs. You can change the swingweight of your club by increasing or decreasing grip weight. Instead of regripping your clubs to add weight, you can install weight ports into the butt end of your golf shaft.
The grip’s profile can also affect the feel and bias of your golf swing.
Most grips have a tapered profile, leading an ‘active’ right hand in the swing causing a golfer to slice the ball. Grips with a reduced taper or even straight profile keep your right hand quiet during the swing. A reduced taper helps you to square the club face at impact and promotes straighter shots for more accuracy and lower scores.
(3) Looks & Feel:
Rubber grips with smooth velvet surface offer a firm yet adhesive feel, it enlarges the surface area between the player and grip. Corded grips improve traction in your hands during rain and sweatier weather conditions. Some golfers find corded grips to be abrasive and less comfortable.
Wrap style grips look like traditional leather wraps and offer a tacky touch.
Firm, winn grips and soft grips are designed for different player profiles. A firm grip allows you to hold your club with less grip pressure, grips with a firm feel increase torsion control and are preferred by lower handicap golfers. Golfers with average swing speed prefer softer grips offering a more comfortable feel. The softer material will allow high handicap golfers to control the shot more.
Softer grips are also great for senior golfers with joint pain.