Golf Game 101: How to Pick the Right Golf Grips

If you are a golfer, you know you will spend your life chasing the elusive perfect golf shot. The one where your golf grips hold your swing spot on and the ball does just what you want and expect it to do.

There are a whole lot of golf fanatics across the US. In fact, the National Golf Foundation found that 36% of people in the US played, watched, or read about golf last year. That's a whole lot of people invested in golf in some form.

If you played golf, you probably are also thinking about your clubs and what you can do to help achieve that perfect swing, or at least beat your buddies in a round on Sunday.

One thing that can greatly improve your game is new golf grips on your clubs. If you are looking for a relatively simple way to update your golf game and improve your swing, then new golf grips are the answer.

Read on to learn all the things you should consider when looking for new golf grips.

Role of the Golf Grip

Your golf grip plays a key role in how effectively you hit the ball. The grip on your golf clubs allows you to keep your hands secure on the club as the club makes contact with the ball. The grip helps your hands hold the club as it hits the ball.

So, is one grip the same as the other? Not at all. In fact, there are some differences in grips depending on your hands, how you hit the golf ball and preferences. Golf grips can even change based on the weather conditions you commonly play in.

Don't underestimate the importance of having quality golf grips on your clubs.

Golf Grip Considerations

When looking for golf grips there are several things to consider. There is not necessarily one right or wrong option for the golf grips you choose. Much of the types of grips you use will depend on your preferences and you as a golfer. Let's take a closer look at some of the things to consider when getting golf grips.

  • Grip Size

Grip size is the first consideration when selecting golf grips and some would say the most important. Golf grips come in four sizes:

Selecting the correct grip size can impact how your golf ball travels once you hit it. For example, if you have grips that are too small, your hand has too much turn and can cause you to pull the ball. If you use a grip that's too large, it will limit your hand pronation. When this happens you either don't get the distance you desire or you end up slicing the ball.

Golf grip sizes range from under 7 inches to over 9 1/4 inches and are based on your hand size.

  • Grip Material

The next consideration is what materials the golf grips are made from. They come in a variety of materials and the technology attached to it is regularly changing. Some of the materials include:

  • Rubber
  • Silicon
  • Elastomer
  • Plastic

Golf grips are sometimes also made from leather too. Depending on the material you select, will depend on how it feels in your hands. For example, if you select rubber or silicon, they are likely more tacky than say leather grips. More on this later.

  • Firmness

Golf grip firmness comes two ways. There is not a right or wrong option, but instead, this is about personal preference.

When you opt for a softer grip, you get more cushion. As your club hits the ball, there is vibration sent up the shaft of the club. A softer grip provides cushion from this vibration.

A more firm grip, on the other hand, means you feel those vibrations. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some golfers prefer to feel the vibration as they hit. After a while, it gives them a sense of how well they have hit the ball.

  • Surface Texture

Another feature of golf grips is the surface texture on a golf grip. This is, again, personal preference, and depends on the personal golfer's preferences.

Some golfers prefer to wear gloves while golfing. Gloves help with a golfer's grip on the club. The texture of the grip also does this. For example, if you are a golfer who doesn't prefer to wear a glove, you might want a golf grip that has even more texture.

The increased texture allows the golfer to hold the club better. Often a golfer who likes golf grips with lots of texture will choose to not wear a glove.

  • Weather Conditions

The type of weather you play golf might also impact what type of grip you want and how much surface texture you choose for your club. For golfers who frequently golf in climates with moisture, you might choose to have a grip with more texture as it helps to hold the club.

On the other hand, many golfers find golf grips with too much cording that adds the texture to be too rough on their hands. It can be hard on the hands when you swing the club over and over. In this case, the golfer would want a smoother texture grip or one with one that is a little tackier.

The tackiness will vary depending on the material the golf grip is made from.

Improve Your Golf Game With New Golf Grips

Whether you are a die-hard golfer or one who plays a few times a year, you are surely looking for ways to improve your swing and ultimately your golf score.

Getting new golf grips for your golf clubs is one relatively simple and low-cost way to improve your clubs and help your golf swing.

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