Golf Tips - Check the size of the grip on your clubs

By Ryan Watson

 

Though often overlooked, ensuring the proper grip size and type will allow you to play your best golf. If the grip is too small and slippery, you will tend to hold on much too tight, making you more likely to hook your shots. If you seem to slice the ball more with a particular club, the grip may be too big.

 

Proper Grip Size

The proper grip size is determined by the hand size of the player. If your hand, measured from the wrist to the end of the middle finger, is between 7 and 8.75 inches then the standard grip size is fine. If your hand is smaller than 7 inches, an undersize grip (sometimes referred to as a junior grip) will be best. Midsize grips are for hand sizes between 8.25 to 9.25 inches. Hands larger than 9.25 inches will be best served by jumbo grips. In addition, custom sized grips are available from many companies for even more choices. 

 

Grip Material

Golf club grips generally come in two varieties; rubber or corded. The choice in grip material is generally simply a question of preference for the golfer. Rubber grips are lighter than corded grips, and come in a variety of textures. In addition, the softness or stiffness of rubber grips provides the player with a lot of control over the amount of shock absorption they feel with each swing. Corded grips contain thread weaved into the rubber to make a much rougher grip. Golfers who prefer corded grips enjoy the greater friction caused by the threading. *

 


 

 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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