Choosing the right golf grips is an important decision.
That's why I've created this guide to golf club grips, so you can find the best grips based on your personal game.
I'll walk you through how to select the perfect grip, from size to material.
The right grips on your golf clubs can make a big difference to your game and affect your confidence before you even head to the first tee.
Golfers look for a lot of things when purchasing golf clubs. They want to be sure that it looks good, feels good and is affordable.
But the most important thing they look for is confidence.
They want a club that will help them play better.
The grip does this by having the right feel and being comfortable to hold throughout the swing.
If you haven’t experienced what a difference good golf grips can do to your game, you are soon to find out...
When you're new to golf, it can be confusing to know what's best for your grip size. You want to make sure you're comfortable and that you can hold the club properly, but there are a lot of options out there.
The golf grip is the part of your golf club that you hold onto when you’re swinging, and you have several options when it comes to choosing the size of your golf grip. Golfers have four main golf grip sizes to choose from, including undersize, regular, midsize, and oversize.
Don’t underestimate the power of a golf grip that fits you perfectly…
It's very important to have a golf grip that's the correct size for you. If you have a golf grip that's too large for your hands, you'll have a lot of difficulty keeping a consistent grip, which can lead to a lot of inconsistency in your grip.
The undersize golf grips are most used by juniors and some women.
In golf, grip is the way in which the player holds the golf club. The golf grip is the primary connection between the golfer and the club, and is the primary factor in the level of control over the golf club.
Golf clubs you buy off the rack often come with standard (regular) golf grips.
Do I need thicker grips on my golf clubs?
Well, this depends on the size of your hands and your personal preferences...
Midsize golf grips are a great option for golfers looking to upgrade their equipment. Midsize grips are larger than standard golf grips which may be too small for some players, but smaller than oversized grips which may be too big for most players.
These grips are ideal for those who have smaller hands but still want to enjoy the benefits of a larger grip (oversize/jumbo).
Why use midsize golf grips?
I play with midsize golf grips since it’s the best fit for my hands. For me the difference between standard and midsize is huge. I used to play with standard grips, but a custom fitting told me midsize is a better fit for me and I’ve never looked back.
The last thing you want to do when you’re playing a round of golf is worry about your golf grip. Oversize grips can make your hands feel more comfortable. So if you’re playing a round of golf this week and have big hands, maybe you should try out a larger grip.
Oversize grips are also called jumbo grips.
Why use jumbo golf grips?
Oversize golf grips will make your hands feel more comfortable on the club and will make it easier to swing the club properly. Jumbo grips are especially useful for people with large hands who have trouble getting a comfortable grip on the club with smaller grips.
I’ve played with a jumbo size grip on my driver for a while and was very fond of the feel. Then I broke my shaft and when I got a new shaft it had a midsize grip which I’ve been playing with since. However, I will go back to an oversized golf grip on my driver soon since I really liked the feel and how I hit the ball with the larger grip.
These are the four main golf grip sizes you can choose from for your clubs, but you can customize the size of your golf grip if you like.
By adding additional layers of tape during installation of your golf grips you can customize the size of the grip on your clubs. The most common reason for adding tape to a grip is to make the grip larger to fit your hand.
Choosing a golf grip size is not as easy as you may think.
The size of your hands is an important factor when selecting grips for your golf clubs.
If you have small hands, it’s best to choose an undersize grip. If you have average sized hands, choose a regular grip. If you have large hands, choose a midsize grip. If you have very large hands, choose an oversize grip.
But it’s not that easy in reality.
Check out this golf grip size chart and guide to find the size most suitable for your hands. In the guide you’ll also find a video explaining how to dial in your size.
One thing I like though is for my golf grip on the driver to be thicker than for my other clubs. This is because the thicker grip gives me a feeling of more control of the club face when hitting drives.
(I know, I've already told you about my thicker driver grip…)
But, it might be something to keep in mind when you are buying a golf grip for your driver...
Golf grips are the fundamental link between you and your club.
It makes sense to spend a little time understanding the different types of golf grips, shapes, materials, and purposes. Here's what you need to know.
What golf grip type you like the most is up to you to discover. Even for recreational golfers like you and me, the grips are more important to your game than you think.
When it comes to golf, the grip is one of the most overlooked components. It’s easy to take for granted or forget about it altogether, but the right type of material in your grip can make a huge difference for your game.
The grip is an important aspect of your golf game, and a poorly fitted grip can cost you two to four strokes per round. If you can get your grip fitted by a professional, that’s the best way to go.
Here’s an overview of the main golf club grip types you can choose from:
These golf grips are extremely durable and come in a variety of styles and colors.
They’re made from a comfortable material that makes it easy to grip your clubs. The rubber material is soft to the touch and feels great when you hold the club.
When you’re putting together your golf grip, you have to decide what kind of material you want to use.
The feel of a golf grip is very important.
But there’s more to choosing the right grip...
You want the best golf grips for your clubs but what brand should you opt for?
Well, for us recreational golfers I don’t think this is such an important question. I think it’s more important that you find the right size grip and then a model that feels good in your hands.
Most brands offer a variety of models, all with different surface textures.
Some of the most well known brands for golf grips include:
Try some different grip types at your local store and then regrip your clubs with what you like the most...
Now we’ll have a look at how to change golf grips, because this is something you will have to do sooner or later.
There are different ways on how to install golf grips and I know which way I prefer.
In the past I’ve removed and replaced quite a few grips on my clubs, but doing it yourself can become quite ugly. I’ve done re-gripping my golf clubs and from now on I will let a professional replace my grips.
Having a professional regrip your golf clubs is the preferred way - the result is perfect and you don’t have to mess with solvent.
If you want to learn how to replace golf grips by yourself, here’s how...
The video takes you through, step by step, how to remove golf grips and how to install new ones.
When it comes to golf grip tape some questions usually arise:
The solvent activates the tape.
Some golfers use nail polish remover, paint thinner, acetone or lighter fluid as grip solvent. Many of these substitutes are flammable and emit noxious fumes. There are odorless versions of the substitutes available on the market that may be better choices for some golfers.
I find this solvent part of regripping nasty and it’s the main reason I’m not doing it by myself anymore.
You’ll find that having a professional replace your golf grips is quite cheap, so that should be a better option for most golfers. And the result is often better than when you replace them by yourself.
But maybe you don’t have to replace your club grips quite yet...
Your grips can wear down over time. This can reduce your control of the golf club, which can make hitting your shots more difficult.
While your grip may not look like it needs cleaning, the fact is that dirt and other substances can get trapped in between the grooves of your golf club's grip. Not only can this make your clubs feel uncomfortable to hold, it will also reduce the amount of control you have over them.
If you're playing a lot of rounds, it's important to wash your grips regularly. The sweat and dirt from your hands can make the grips deteriorate faster than normal, so it's important to wash them with warm water and mild soap and let them dry completely before you play.
You can wash your golf grips with soap, warm water and a soft brush. It’s not a bad idea to wash them after every round of golf, but I think that’s overkill. If you're looking for a way to clean your golf grips, I recommend using a toothbrush. I've been doing it for years and it works great.
New golf grips are another good option, but I’d recommend picking one style and type of grip and just clean them every now and then. This will extend the life of the grip and will save you the hassle of trying to figure out how to get the old grip off and the new grip on.
The feeling you get when you hit a golf ball should remain consistent from club to club. You want to use the same type and model of golf grip over time since you want your sensory information to be consistent from club to club when you play.
The feeling you get when you hit a golf ball should remain consistent from shot to shot. If you’re too lazy to clean your golf grips, you can just buy new grips on a regular basis.
But, before you buy new grips instead of cleaning your current, watch this video with Evan from Golf Pride…
As you can see from Evans' demonstration, learning how to clean your grips is easy.
Keeping your golf club grips clean is important to prevent losing much-needed traction that can make it hard to keep optimal grip pressure.
Getting your grips clean isn't hard. You only need a bucket and dish soap; and a soft brush or cloth to gently clean the dust and dirt off of them.
Dip your brush in the soapy water and scrub the dust off of each grip with a gentle touch…
… then rinse them in water and pat them dry with a towel.
Put them back into your bag and you are ready to play another round.
Now I've got to go.
My hands are all oily and I forgot to clean my clubs today...
What will you do with your golf grips…?