Are you shopping for new golf grips? but you don’t know how to choose the best one for your golf clubs. Well, it is vital to understand what to look for and how to choose the right golf grip. In this guide, we have come up with the 6 important things that you should have to know and consider before buying golf grips for your golf clubs. Let’s see.
1. Golf Grip Size (Outer Diameter)
Golf grips come in 6 unique sizes which allude to external measurement: Standard, Midsize, Oversize/Jumbo, Undersize, and Junior. Each assembling has a marginally unique meaning of measurement estimating, however, overall Standard grips are around 1″ in distance across. Medium size and Oversize/Jumbo grips can change a considerable amount, yet overall will go around +1/8″ to +3/8″ bigger in diameter. A standard technique for measuring diameter will regularly be 5cm beneath the butt end of the grip. Also, Undersize and Junior grips will fall under 1″ in breadth, or sometimes approaching 0.8″ or underneath. Since hands (and fingers) come in various shapes and sizes, it’s essential for your entire club to keep an established grip before resizing your golf grip.
The Standard and Midsize are the most famous golf grip sizes, however, in recent years many jumbo/oversized grips have been found to help reduce grip pressure.
2. Golf Grip Core Size (Insider Diameter)
Not to be mistaken for the external distance across of a grasp, there is a second size estimation to remember, which is the golf grip core size or inside diameter. Most golf grip has an inside width of 0.600″ or 0.580″. This is because most golf grips also have an outer diameter of this measurement. Generally, club-builders match the outer diameter of the golf shaft to the original size of the golf grip. In some cases, club-builders have to fit a grip of 0.600″ butt diameter shaft with 0.580″ core size which slightly increases the outer diameter of the grip. Moreover, grips are smaller in diameter (typically for small or inferior shafts ranging from 0.500″ to 0.560″) or larger (for bubble shafts, about 0.800″ or more).
3. Golf Grip Shape
Golf grips come in either round, rib, or aligned shape. The sphere is the most popular shape for most grips, which means you can direct the grip in any way you like. Some players prefer to have the grip logo up or down or choose a 360/no-logo grip. The ribbed grips have a small spreading ridge, designed to be along the spine of the shaft. This rib is also called a reminder. This helps the players to know where the bottom of the grip is, so they know how to place their hands properly. Recently, some manufacturers have introduced more modern and flagship rib designs called “alignment” or “calibrate” ribs. These alignment grips have an unmistakable ridge that runs along the entire length of the grip.
4. Golf Grip Style/Material
Golf grips come in a variety of different styles but fall into one of these categories: velvet, composite, wrap, cord, and hybrid (cord + rubber). Golf Pride’s flagship tour velvet line has popularized a velvet-style grip, featuring small repetitive patterns of crosses using rubber materials. The velvet grips provide a light texture and traction for control. Composite grips have recently become popular with styles such as Winn Dri-tac and Golf Pride CP2, with a sticky and smooth surface that also provides visually enhancing patterns and non-slip gripping.
The wrap style grip is a simulated 1-piece style but uses a wrap design. Winn Excel is a popular wrap-style grip, as well as golf pride tour wrap and jumbo max wrap grip. In cord grips, the cord fabric is woven on the surface of the grip. It provides traction and added strength. The hybrid style is a new more modern style grip that uses both cord and rubber. The Golf Pride MCC Plus4 is one of the most notable hybrid grips, using soft rubber for the lower arm and upper arm (for traction/control) cord.
5. Golf Grip Feel
Most golf grips come in one of three “feel” categories: soft, medium, and firm. Experiencing grip is an important personal preference. Tight grips provide more feedback to the hands during impact. A soft grip will absorb some effects and give a more comfortable experience. Athletes who have arthritis or have sore hands will play better with a soft grip. If you prefer a soft grip, it’s vital to choose a grip that has a stable core that will produce minimal torque so that there will be no twisting during the swing. Like the IOMIC LTC grip, the Golf Pride CP2 grips address this with a stable inner core. If you prefer a stronger experience, multiple cord grips and velvet-style grips will give more sharp feedback.
6. Golf Grip Weather Management
The life of golf grips is limited. If you live in a humid climate or high humidity environment, you need to make sure that the golf grip you choose has high humidity management so that it will last longer and provide non-slip performance. Cord grip styles are great for playing golf in wet weather, as well as many mixed material golf grips like Winn Dri-Tac Grip. The IOMIC Golf Grip is also known for providing extended durability as it is 100% UV and water-resistant, so it will not crack or fade due to sunlight. Lamkin also makes UV-resistant grips with their origin/fingerprint material which provides long-lasting durability.