Selecting the right golf grips for you

Selecting the right golf grips
The PGA of America
There's a large variety of golf grips available but not necessarily all are right for you.
By
John Kim, Coordinating Producer
PGA.com

Series: Grips

Published: Sunday, April 08, 2012 | 11:16 p.m.

So you've read "The Value of Regripping Your Clubs" and you're convinced, you need to optimize your equipment to play your best golf. Now what?

Selecting the right grips for you is a combination of art and science. The science is the newest technology that makes the grips more effective, longer lasting and providing better performance than ever before. The art is what looks best to your eye and feels most comfortable in your hands. But both may be taller tasks than most amateurs really want to tackle according to most top golf professionals.

Get A Grip

Getting the right grips on your clubs could mean the difference between your best golf and your worst.

"A common mistake is for a golfer to go into a shop or store and just pick up a box of grips based on price or look," says Jon Tattersall, a top PGA Teaching Professional in Atlanta, Ga. "Finding the correct grip for you really should include the help of a PGA Professional. The size of your grip is critically important, not just for your comfort level, but it will affect how you release you hands, which will impact everything from distance, trajectory and direction. Those are important, no?"

Tattersall also pointed out some common mistakes to avoid as you select the right grips.

"Ideally, you want to have your grip measured, in your stance, with your clubs. If you wear a glove, have a glove on. Two people with the same size hands don't automatically have the same correct grip size, based on how they hold their clubs, how their wrists hangs, what type of shots they want to hit.

"New grips aren't going to help you if they're not also the right grips."

As far as the type of grip, the options are more varied than ever before, which is a good thing.

"It used to be, you selected a cord, a wrap or hybrid grip. Now the synthetic materials are so good, you have a host of different types of grips that you should at least look at to see what feels best in your hands. The quality and the options available today are tremendous."

And speaking of looking, the look is still important - for both aesthetics and for confidence. The color, designs and customization of golf grips can say a lot about your game and your personality.

But it still comes back to the true reason you buy golf grips - to help you play better golf. As you go through your options, understand that this decision is not just about the "tacky" feel or the color you want, it will have a direct effect on the flight of your golf ball. Knowing the variables that matter, you can select the grips that will help you enjoy your game a little more this upcoming golf season.

Next week, we'll provide you a step-by-step guide into how to change your grips yourself. 


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Comments

luxefaire

Thank you for the information, it was very helpful.

mallopic

I have been making and repairing clubs for over 40 years and currently manage a small golf pro shop. Ignorance over grips is unbelievable. My own grips are built
up 4-5 layers of tape under the right hand and I used to back weight at the butt end. I would prefer to install non taper grips but from an aesthetics point of view, the golfers don't like them. Juimbo grips? Garbage. Golfers complain they push the ball to the right even when you explain before the results before installing..

martinez3355

Raymond--I believe the gist of the article was that a golfer should not pick just any grip. Do some research, and ask someone who knows.

baynes.matthew

Thanks, John, for your primer on the importance of selecting the proper grip. Jon's advice to consult a PGA professional is key. If distance, direction and trajectory are affected it would surely pay to play the correct grip. I suppose that factors such as the type of weather you play in is important. What about anatomical issues such as arthritis? When we hear about how Bubba's lower hand is built up, it would appear that hand dominance is also a consideration, no? Of course, it goes without saying that whatever grip is best it should be the same for all clubs in your bag for consistency of feel.

Just a few thoughts.

rburns1954rv

this article was not helpful at all...limited...way to go PGA