It is well known that gripping the golf club properly is the foundation of a good golf swing. By extension, you should ensure that your clubs have the proper golf grips that are best for you and your game.
To help you “get a grip,” here are a few golf grip tips to help you find the perfect golf grip for your golf swing.
When to get new golf grips
A good rule of thumb is to purchase new golf grips annually regardless of amount of play. Environmental factors, oils, dirt, etc. conspire to break down golf grip materials. New golf grips provide better traction and feel and therefore confidence and relation in the golf swing which results in proper swing movements. Frequent golfers may choose to purchase new golf grips several times per year, but annually is sufficient for most golfers.
Finding the right golf grip size
Choose a golf grip size (ladies, junior, small, medium or large) that feels comfortable in your hands. A good rule of thumb is that properly sized golf grips allow the fingers on the golfer’s top hand (left hand for right handed golfers) to barely touch the palm. Many golf retailers have the grip portion of the club pre-fitted with golf grips that you can test. You want to ensure that you can hold the club relatively firmly emphasizing the last three fingers of your top hand (left hand for right handed players) and the middle two fingers of your bottom hand (right hand for right-handed players) with no strain, strong control and ability to hinge your wrists easily.
Nowadays, it is recommended that you grip the club primarily in your fingers, so many golfers prefer a slightly smaller grip size than in the past. But again, go with the golf grips that you make you comfortable and that provide you good “feel” of the golf club.
Evaluate the materials used in golf grips
There are numerous materials used in golf grips, but you can narrow down the possibilities by examining your style of play (feel, control or aggressive) and playing conditions (wet, dry or humid weather). “Corded” grips are best for golfers that play in wet or humid conditions or with hands that perspire excessively. Newer, lightweight golf grips are good for golfers that like to “feel” the weight of the club head or that use lightweight shafts. Other grips absorb vibrations to help players with arthritis or joint pain.
Where to go for new golf grips?
Grip changing is not necessarily an easy task so it is recommended to have it done by a professional that often charges a relatively nominal fee if you purchase the golf grips from them. Most golf retailers and even PGA professionals can perform this service.