Think of your grip as the connecting point between you and your club. The material, size and texture matter.
Golf grips are made from a variety of materials but the majority of which are synthetic or natural rubber. Composite grip materials are also available. Materials, hardness, size and texture determine your grip’s playing characteristics.
The size of your grip is the key to performance. To determine the correct size, golfers should start with a standard size grip. Hold your club in the normal address position, and remove your right hand from the club (or left for left-handed golfers) and with the left hand remaining in the exact same gripped position, bring it up so that the fingertips are visible.
If the two center fingertips dig into the heel of the palm, the grip is too small. If the fingertips barely touch or just miss touching the heel of the palm, the grip is correct.
- Weights can range from very light (20 grams) to heavy (75 grams). The majority of standard playing grips lie in the 50 gram range.
- For golfers with larger hands, larger diameter grips are available or can be created through the build-up process.
- For golfers with smaller hands, such as women golfers and junior golfers, smaller diameter grips are available.
How Grips Affect Performance
The proper grip size allows the golfer to grip the club with the correct pressure, resulting in the proper release of the club through impact. A grip that is too small can cause a player to have too much wrist action, while a grip that is too large can cause a player to have limited or restricted wrist action.