When it comes to golf, your choice of equipment can make or break your game. That’s why it is so important to choose the best golf club grips available to suit your swing and that will give you the best possible chance of success.
If you found yourself using an unfamiliar set of clubs, it is unlikely you would perform as well compared to using your own golf clubs.
The best golf club grips allow you to customise your golf clubs to your exact specifications and needs. They allow you to grip the golf club properly and securely, thus increasing your overall accuracy and performance.
Here at Golfsupport, we understand the importance of having a good grip on your clubs. We have put together this buying guide to highlight the different golf grips available and to help you choose the best golf club grips for your game.
Why should I replace my golf club grips?
Out of all the golf accessories available on the market, the golf grip is the only thing in golf that remains in contact with your hands throughout your swing. So, if your grip is not performing as it should, then the chances are that neither is your game.
The best golf accessories should make your life on the golf course a lot easier and choosing the best golf grip to suit your hands is no exception. Regripping golf clubs can help breathe new life into your clubs and your game.
When golf club grips wear out, you won’t have a secure hold on the club, which means you’ll have to hold it tighter to compensate. You’re then not as relaxed when swinging the club, which can negatively impact the resulting shot.
There is nothing worse than a club slipping or twisting unexpectedly in your hands as this can lead to a number of erratic shots which will be massively detrimental to your game.
If your club grip is slipping, or you find yourself having to hold the club tighter, this might be an indication that you haven’t got the best golf grip for you and you may need to consider buying a new golf grip.
Types of golf club grips
When it comes to the different types of golf club grips, there are many different variations, depending on whether you need a new grip for a golf club or for a golf putter.
For traditional golf clubs, there are four different types of grips available: rubber, corded, synthetic and wrap. Each style presents its own pros and cons, so it is worth learning about the differences to help you choose the best grips for your game.
Rubber golf club grips
- Usually made with rubber-blend compounds to give the player a great feel
- The rubber blend material used helps to improve grip in wet conditions, drawing moisture away.
- A rubber grip may be too soft for golfers who like to grip their club hard.
Corded golf club grips
- A durable and sturdy grip made from a cord material.
- Provides excellent response when hands are sweaty, or in wet weather.
- Due to the rougher surface, golfers using corded grips may want to wear golf gloves to protect their hands.
Synthetic golf club grips
- Synthetic grips tend to be thin, inexpensive and easy to apply.
- These grips are made of a blend of different compounds, which can combine the pros of both rubber and corded grips.
- Synthetic grips provide a comfortable swing but can give the club a slender feel.
Wrap golf club grips
- Provides a replicated look and feel of traditional leather-wrapped golf clubs.
- Offers golfers a soft handle with a tacky touch.
- Isn’t durable and doesn’t perform well in wet conditions.
What size golf grips do I need?
There are multiple types of golf grips to choose from, across a variety of sizes for ladies, men and children. These measurements are based on the length of your hand from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger.
Golf club grips also come in various thicknesses. You can choose from undersize, standard, midsize and oversize, depending on the size of your hands.
As a general rule of thumb:
- Undersize grips can be used by children or adults with smaller hands measuring less than 7 inches from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger.
- Standard grips are the most popular size and are suited for hands between 7 and 8¾ inches.
- Midsize grips fit hands measuring between 8¼ and 9¼ inches.
- Jumbo golf grips cater for hands over 9¼ inches.
It is essential to fit the correctly sized grip to enable the golfer to position their hands to optimise their whole swing potential. A grip too small will result in the golfer gripping the club too tight and cause tension throughout their muscles and reduce their range of motion. Should the grip be too thick, then the golfer will be unable to deliver the club correctly at impact, causing wayward shots.
How often should you replace grips on your golf club?
There is some debate as to how often you should replace the grips on your golf clubs. Regular golfers (i.e those who play at least once a week) should consider replacing their golf club grips at the start of every season or after at least 40 rounds of golf.
You can normally tell whether golf club grips need replacing, simply by looking at it. If the grip looks worn out or is starting to crack, then it is time to replace it!
How often you need to replace your golf club grips will come down to a number of factors, including:
- The quality of the material used.
- How often you play.
- How tightly you grip the clubs.
- Whether you wear a golf glove and, if so, the type of golf glove.
Even the best golf club grips can get shinier and firmer due to the oil and sweat from repeated contact with your hands, as well as general wear and tear from different weather conditions. All of this will also shorten the lifespan of your golf glove. Even the best golf gloves in the world will start to deteriorate if you are having to grip the golf club too tightly.
This is not something you can really avoid, so eventually, it would be worth investing in new golf grips in order to optimise your game performance.
Monitoring their condition, and how they respond to your hands, will help inform when your golf club grips need replacing.
How much does it cost to regrip a golf club with the best golf grips?
As with most things in life, the cost of regripping golf clubs will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type of grip
- The type of material you choose
- Any labour charges
- Any materials or additional tools for regripping golf clubs
The price of each grip will vary depending on the type, size and brand. They range from a few pounds each up to around £40–£50 each.
The best golf club grips will certainly not come cheap. However, you do get what you pay for. It is all about finding the right golf grips for you, your hands and your swing.
How to change golf club grips
It is possible for you to replace your own golf club grips. All you need to do is purchase the necessary materials and get to work.
Most pro shops and golf retailers will install your new grips for little to no extra cost. However, changing your golf club grips yourself is a good way to save some money and ensure you get exactly what you want.
It is more time-consuming than visiting a professional, but if you enjoy this type of hands-on work, then it is definitely a good choice for you.
If you do wish to change golf club grips yourself, you first need to know which grips to buy.
- In order for you to find the best golf club grip for you, you need to know what size golf grip to choose. As we’ve mentioned above, if the golf club grip is too big your hands will struggle to square the face at impact, resulting in ineffective golf shots. However, if the grips are too small, then there is a danger the hands will become too active and initiate an early release of the club. Both of these can result in erratic shots that can hamper your score.
- Generally, the fingers on your left hand should just about be in contact with the pad below your left thumb when setting up your grip. If the overlap is too big where your fingers meet, then you will likely need an extra layer of tape around your grip in order to prevent the club from twisting in your hands. The grip is too big for you if your fingers are nowhere close to reaching the pad of your hand.
Once you have found—and purchased—the best golf club grips for you, then you will need a sharp blade to remove the existing grip, grip tape and white spirit.
After this is done, you will need to clean the shaft and prep it for the new grip. You can simply apply double-sided tape that is specifically designed for grip use and use white spirit to help lubricate the grip.
There are plenty of DIY tutorial videos on YouTube explaining how to regrip your golf club at home. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, however, or if you would rather it be done by a professional, then simply contact a golf pro shop and they will do it for you.
Is it worth regripping golf clubs?
Spending money on an expensive set of golf clubs, and then continuing to use worn-out grips, is like buying an expensive car and never changing the tyres, even when they go bald.
Unfortunately, many golfers neglect their golf grips. Not perhaps on the same level as failing to replace car tyres, but not taking care of your golf grips can have disastrous consequences for your golf game.
The golf grip is your only point of contact with the club. So it is vital that you have a comfortable grip throughout your swing in order to pull off the necessary shot. And, of course, replacing the grips will be cheaper and better value for money than replacing your entire set of clubs.
If you wish to purchase new golf club grips and still have questions, then please feel free to contact us, where one of our dedicated professionals will be on hand to help you further.
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