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The ultimate guide to choosing the right golf grips

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Golf grips come in all shapes, sizes and textures

With so many grip options available on the market today, it can be difficult to determine exactly which one is best for you, but by asking a few simple questions about your golf game and preferences, you can determine which will be your best fit. option.

How often do you play?

When it comes to golf grips, you need to be realistic about how often you play and the conditions you play in. Similar to the tires on an F1 car, there are grips that will work better in different circumstances. You don’t want to drive with a set of soft tires in the rain at 200mph – sorry my F1 brain took over for a second – you don’t want to have grips meant for hot sunny days when you’re playing in the weather wet.

Rain over Liberty National

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Similar to the tires on a car, certain models of golf grips will perform better in a variety of conditions. A cord grip for example will provide better traction if your hands are prone to sweat or if you are playing in a humid climate. That same grip will also work in good weather, but if you want something more like an all-season tire, an all-rubber grip like a Golf Pride Tour Velvet is the way to go.

Want comfort or control?

First of all, if you are a golfer who needs a grip to provide maximum comfort due to something like arthritis, you should always choose a grip that will make the game as enjoyable as possible. Not only will a soft grip provide more comfort, but choosing the right size (more on that in a minute), will help you grip the club with the right pressure and prevent discomfort.

One of the best examples that has just hit the market is the Golf Pride CPX which is made from an extremely soft rubber compound and uses a texture that reduces pressure and vibration transmission.

Golf Pride CPX Grip

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On the other side of the spectrum, if you are a golfer looking for maximum control, a firm grip that has less torque will provide more feedback and give you the control you want. Apologies for all the car analogies, but think of a firm cord or hybrid grip like firm suspension on a performance car; you’ll feel the road a bit more, but the control and handling will be more performance-oriented.

Want help typing more consistently?

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be more consistent time after time?

Grips to aid alignment can be divided into three main categories; no alignment (360 style grip) typically found on adjustable off-the-rack clubs, textured grips with visual aids and grips with a raised section to provide visual and textural feedback to get your hands in the good posture. Examples of the latter are the Calibrate grips from Lamkin and the Align series from Golf Pride which feature a raised portion at the bottom of the grip to help you grip in the same place in your hands stroke after stroke. This is similar to what is also known as a ribbed grip, but what separates the Align from a traditional ribbed grip is that the feature sits on the outside of the grip and provides an exterior texture which not only facilitates the installation, but also its good base. your hands.

Weak to strong adhesion styles

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FUN AND USEFUL FACT: Although the Rules of Golf do not allow you to use anything extreme like a putter grip on your full swing clubs, there is NO rule that states the alignment of a ribbed style grip or aligned cannot be installed at the user’s preferred positioning. What I mean by this is that if you are a golfer who tends to use a strong or weak grip, you can have an alignment installed in an orientation to help you achieve a little more consistency.

What size and shape is best for you

When it comes to finding the right grip size, comfort is key. You should choose the size that will make you most comfortable regardless of your hand size. The golf grip is the only non-emotional connection you have with your golf clubs so that it is more comfortable and inspires confidence.

Besides the traditional size categories of undersized, standard, medium and jumbo, you can find intermediate sizes by changing the number of wraps of tape between the shaft and the handle before installation to enlarge it, or by stretching the handle. on the shaft when installing to make it slightly smaller.

Be careful though, by using additional layers of tape and stretching the grip, you slightly reduce the wall thickness of the grip, which can have a negative effect on the life of the grip. Don’t tell Bubba Watson, who uses 11 extra strips of tape under his grips to bring them down to his preferred size.

Bubba Watson is rocking his PGA Championship driver.

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Last but not least is handle shape, which can be divided into three main categories: standard taper, reduced taper and zero taper. A standard tapered grip will feel smaller in the lower hand and can potentially encourage faster clubface rotation at impact. A tapered grip is, as it sounds, a grip that still tapers but at a much slower rate at the bottom of the grip. This can be useful for players who want to feel more in contact with the club on the lower hand. Zero Taper grips provide extreme upper and lower hand comfort and are often found in some of the softer designs to not only reduce gripping pressure, but also to help reduce any unwanted vibration for improved comfort.

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