Your grip is very important – it is your only contact point with your golf clubs – it’s how you connect. It’s one of the easiest things to change but one of the hardest decisions you’ll make throughout the fitting process. Here’s a couple of tips:
- If you don’t wear a glove, be sure to get some texture in your grips (Cord, Multi-Compound, et. al.). You’ll want that added friction on rainy or sweaty days. Pick your Poison. I always ask people if they like texture, tacky, or a hybrid. From there I will show them options that fit their preference. Tacky grips work great for golfers that wear a glove and will give a great sense of control. Textured grips can also give you that sense using deeper depth grooves or added materials. A hybrid grip is a combination of both concepts – half cord, Multi-Compound, or even a wrap style grip fit into this category.
- Size matters! There are 4 basic grip sizes: Ladies, Men’s Standard, Midsize, or Jumbo (newly popular are the Jumbo Max grips used by Bryson DeChambeau – if you’re thinking about these grips I suggest you try it on one club first to see if you’ll like them). The size of the grip will help (or hurt) you control the club. Too small will cause you to grip tighter, locking up your traps, biceps, and triceps – not a great thing for a fluid golf swing. Too big will make you feel like you can’t control the club and should slow down your rotation of the club. If your fitter suggests that you try a new size you’re unfamiliar with, try and find a club in the shop so you can feel it. CAUTION: I would suggest not going up more than one size at a time. It can be too big of a change. As suggested above, if that’s something you’re considering, try it out on 1 or 2 clubs first.
- If you’ve noticed heavy wear points on your old grips, make sure your fitter is aware. This could indicate that you’re gripping too tightly in one or two points in your grip. It could also mean you have the wrong size grips for your hands. A fitter will look at the middle fingers on your top hand to determine the correct grip size – we want those fingertips to barely touch the heel of your palm as you grip the club.
- Get the same grip for all of your clubs. Some folks try to get a softer grip for their wedges to remind them to grip lighter, etc. I am not a proponent of this idea. As I said above, the grip is your contact point and using the same grip gives you a consistent feeling throughout your bag. There is no reason to vary this for different clubs, in my opinion.
- Keep them fresh! Most pros will get their clubs re-gripped every month or two. Some do it weekly! It’s easier for them because it’s free. But most grip manufacturers would recommend getting your clubs re-gripped every 50 rounds or so. If you play once a week, then that’s once a year.
- Try not to keep your clubs in your car or garage all the time. The heat down south will bake those grips causing them to “melt” – you’ll know this is happening if your hands turn black whenever you touch the grips. Up north, the constant temperature changes throughout the days & nights can wreak havoc on your grips (not to mention the epoxy holding the heads on your shafts). Try to keep your clubs in a controlled climate – tell your wife you’ll need some room in that front closet!
- Lastly – the grip, like many other things, is personal. Don’t ask the fitter what they use, as this should have no bearing on your decision. Most shops have the grips out on display for you to feel. Grab as many as you’d like, feel the texture and see what you like. And don’t overthink it! While it can be a daunting decision, it’s the easiest thing to correct if you’ve made a mistake.
I hope this helps you grip it and rip it! Keep your head down, we’ll watch the ball.