Do Golf Grips Make A Difference – Which Should I Use?
As a former golf teaching professional, I think that grips make more of a difference than plenty of the other custom fitting options that people spend countless hours researching. Your only connection with the club is your hands! How grips feel, how they perform, the size all make a big difference in your ability to connect with the ball properly.
By the time you read our article on golf grips, you will have all the information you need to make an informed decision about what grips should be on your golf clubs.
Who Are Large Or Jumbo Golf Grips Good For?
When it comes to club other than the putter, there are two players that large or jumbo grips will work for. Anybody can put a jumbo grip on their putter if they feel it helps their game.
- Senior golfers who struggle with arthritis can benefit significantly from a midsize or jumbo grip. Sometimes the position that your hands need to be in a while swinging can be painful, especially later in the round. The jumbo grips help from having to get your fingers into a cramped position and can prolong the longevity of this game for many seniors.
- Players with large hands should be looking into midsize or jumbo grips if you are 6’4″ and playing with a XXL glove what makes you think that a standard size grip built for a Medium glove size fits you correctly. It doesn’t. Put a midsize grip in your hands, and it will feel completely different.
Who Are Undersized Grips Good For?
Just as oversized grips are for people with large hands, undersized are for people with smaller hands, especially juniors and women. Players with small hands who try and use a grip too large for them will struggle much with being able to release the club.
When it comes to grip size, swinging with something too small for you is a much better problem than trying to swing with something too big for you.
Should All My Grips Be The Same Size?
Golf has a tremendous amount of variables. The weather, the course conditions, the equipment, your celebration at the 19th hole the night prior, there are just so many factors. When it comes to uniformity in any aspect of the game, you should seek it.
It is not a requirement for all of your grips to be the same, but as we discussed earlier, this is your only connection with the golf club. If that connection feels the same from one club to the next, this will not be a bad thing for your golf game.
How Much Does It Cost To Regrip Golf Clubs?
This can vary based on a few factors.
- Number 1: Location- not just location in the country but the type of facility where you are getting your clubs regripped. Sometimes private golf clubs will have higher pricing because of markup, and other times they will be lower than a retail store to take care of their members. Getting a club regripped in NYC compared to Kansas will probably cost you a few extra dollars as well.
- Number 2: Type of Grip- golf grips can range from $5.00 to $25.00 each. Depending on what type of grip you choose, the price can vary quite a bit.
- Number 3: Work Involved- are you just getting your clubs regripped, or did you also need a ¼ inch added to your clubs and three extra wraps? This will take the club fitter quite a bit longer and likely increase the cost a little. Removal costs are usually included when you are given a per grip price for regripping.
How Long Will It Take?
Regripping a set of clubs should not take more than an hour. Of course, if there is a waiting list at the retailer where you are having them done, then it could take quite a bit longer, but it is generally a quick process. Sometimes if your grips are extremely old and melted on your golf clubs, it can take a little bit to get them cleaned up, but overall this is not a long process.
What are the different types of Golf Grips – What Are Each Useful For?
Heavy vs. Lightweight Grips
When messing around with the weight on grips, it is essential to consult a club fitting expert. Just merely throwing a lightweight grip on your club can counteract the balance of the club and provide some swing weight issues in your game
Generally speaking, better players like a heavy grip and senior and slow swinging players like the lightweight grips. Lightweight grips can be one additional way to pick up a little extra swing speed
When clubs come from the manufacturer, they have been heavily tested with the stock grip that is in place. When you change to a grip that has a drastically different weight, be sure you know what you are doing.
These are the tough guy grips. The corded grips are rubber grips with a fiber that pops up out of the rubber to grab a players hands a little. These grips are perfect for players who have sweaty palms
The complaint when it comes to corded grips is that they will give you blisters. Honestly, with the proper grip pressure, you should not end up with too many blisters. Hours spend on a range can potentially lead to some sore hands, but corded grips would not tear up your hands after a round of golf
If corded is a bit too rough for you, but you like the grab that they provide, there is a half cord option that you can go with. The half cord only has the fibers sticking out on half the club, not the entire club. Many traditional players clubs come stock with a half cord grip, knowing that better players like the connection that these grips provide to the club.
Corded grips tend to wear out relatively fast. Keep this in mind when making the best decision for your clubs.
A wrap grip is a rubber grip with leather wrapped around it. The leather helps provide some consistency in feel, and they are straightforward to install. Within the category of wrap grips, there can be different sizes and feel to appeal to players of all types.
Rubber grips are the standard in today’s golf world. This is the most recommended golf grip, especially for the beginner golfer.
Ribbed grips are often referred to as reminder grips. Running down the back of the grip is a rib that you can feel. This is in place to remind your hands exactly where they should be placed on the club. Players that struggle with hand position and proper grip will do very well with a ribbed grip
If your grip is anything but traditional, the ribbed grip will not be a good fit. Many players have some grip quirks that work well for them, and the rib will get in the way of this.
Rounded grips are the standard golf grips without the rib in the back.
Counter Balance Grips
Counterbalancing can become a bit of a complicated process. Counterbalance grips were created to counteract the heavy clubhead weight that a club may have. Better players like to have control and feel of where the clubhead is at all times. With a lightweight grip, you can have a hard time feeling a heavy head
Counter Balance grips will add weight to the butt of the golf club. When this weight is added, it will lower the overall swing weight but increase the total static weight of the golf club
When this happens, the head will feel lighter, and the balance point on the club will shift towards the hands. Giving the player more feel.
What Are The Best For Beginners
The best golf grips for beginners are ribbed grips. The placement of your hands on the golf club is a critical factor that truly takes months and years to develop. Beginners will benefit significantly from this reminder as to where their hands should be.
Best Grip For Seniors
Seniors often make a move to midsize grips. With slightly less flexibility and feel in your fingers, the midsize grips can make things easier on a senior golfer. If moving to a midsize grip makes you feel as though you can’t release the club properly, look for a clubface that is slightly closed to counteract this change.
When purchasing a senior iron, fairway, or driver, pay close attention to the stock grips that come with the set. Many manufacturers assume all seniors want midsize grips, and they will put them on from the start.
Grips For Ladies
The majority of women will need an undersized grip put on their club. Trying to play with a standard or men’s size grip will make it extremely difficult to promote that right to left ball flight we all love to see.
Cold and Wet Weather
Anytime the weather starts getting dicey, it can get challenging to maintain a reliable connection with the golf club. Slippery grips are not only terrible for hitting solid shots; they are incredibly dangerous.
Since wet weather requires a better connection with the club, a cord grip is going to be best.
In all honesty, the best possible thing you can do is get yourself a great pair of rain gloves. It’s not worth putting cord grips on all of your clubs for the off chance that it may rain one afternoon. Put the grip that suits your game best and then purchase rain gloves to help you keep that connection.
What Are The Best Brands Of Golf Grips?
All great players will have their opinion as to who makes the best golf grips. Three notable names stick out most often, Golf Pride, Winn, and Lamkin. Golf pride makes several different models, but they are probably most well known for their standard rubber grip that is put on many new clubs directly from the manufacturer.
Winn is known for creating incredibly soft grips. These grips are excellent for players with arthritis or players looking to lower their grip pressure. In the last few years, Winn has released its Dri Tac grips that are a perfect combination of soft feel and stickiness. Some players enjoy a bit of stick when it comes to their golf grips.
What does a Multi-Compound Golf Grip Mean?
In my opinion, one of the best golf grips on the market is the Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound. You may have heard your friends mention that they play with the New Decade MC, and this is likely a grip you may want to check out.
The MCC is part cord and part rubber. The Cord part is on the upper part of the grip, and the rubber part is down lower. The cord area on the grip allows a player lots of control and a great option in poor weather. The rubber part near the bottom allows a soft feel and responsiveness. Overall this an excellent golf grip, and it is the number one hybrid grip on the PGA Tour.
Can I Regrip My Own Golf Clubs?
Yes. As far as club fitting and tinkering goes, regripping is one of the easiest things. You will need a good hook knife to wrap the grip off without damaging the shaft. If you have graphite shafts, you must be extremely careful not to knick the shaft when you start pulling the grip apart.
After the grip is off, remove all of the tape, so you are back down to just the golf shaft. If you leave the old tape on, you will be making the grip thicker, and it could cause problems if you did not want that.
Next, you must find a double-sided masking tape. Carefully wrap the grip in the double-sided masking tape. Next, you must pour a grip solvent on the exposed tape and then pop the new grip on.
It is best to watch a video of this process before attempting, but it is not difficult. The most important things to keep in mind are the alignment of the final grip and being very careful with graphite shafts. When you first put the grip on, you will only have a few seconds to get it into place exactly, so be very careful that it lines up the way you want it to.
What tape do you use for golf grips?
A double-sided masking tape.
If you don’t have grip solvent, can you still regrip your golf clubs?
If you are using the traditional masking tape and solvent method to regrip your clubs, but you run out of grip solvent, there are other options. Luckily many household items will also work to help your new grip stick to the tape. Options include Water, WD-40, Mineral Spirits, Rubber Cement, Paint Thinner, Nail Polish Remover, and Lighter Fluid.
Can You Grip Without Tape?
Yes. There is a method to regrip golf clubs using an air compressor instead of tape. Many people prefer this method as it is less messy and requires fewer supplies than the traditional tape and solvent method is concerned.
How To Remove Tape From Golf Grips?
Removing tape from steel shafts is not complicated as you can usually peel and scrape it off without doing any damage to the steel. However, when it comes to graphite shafts, things can get a bit more complicated.
For graphite shafts with hard to remove the leftover tape, you can use a heat gun. Apply the heat gun to the graphite shaft to heat the tape. When the tape is hot, pour some mineral spirits on it to help loosen it up even more. Now you can gently take a knife or similar tool to scrape the tape off. Just be careful not to cut into the graphite in any way.
When all of the tape is removed, you can use some acetone on the shaft to make sure there is no additional residue. When this process is complete, and the grips are cleaned up, try to allow them at least 24 hours before installing new grips. They need this time to dry out so that the new tape will stick properly.
Hopefully, now you can see the importance of golf grips and why we encourage you to make sure you have the right one in your hand. Size is the most critical factor when choosing a new grip. After size, you will want to make sure the feel is right for you. Don’t stick with the stock grips on a club just because it is what you are used to, try out several. Pay close attention to grip weights and always consult the recommendations of a golf pro or club fitter before having your grips worked on.
Hi, I am Matthew, a mid handicap golfer who likes to play as much as possible. I love trying out new gear and this blog is where you can find all the gear I have tested over the years!