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Golf Grips: Tips for the Proper Fit

 

Lets examine the above questions in reverse. If a player has problems getting the correct grip, there are grips available with diagrams of how to place the hands. Examples of this would be any vendor grips( Taylor Made, Titleist, and Callaway to mention a few) and the traditional Victory grip.

If a player has the tendency to hook/slice the golf ball, the grips could be too large/small to accommodate the hand. If grips are not sized properly then what happens is that the club release is affected either not enough, or too much, causing the ball to move left if too small and right if too large.

If a player doesn’t wear a glove/ perspire they may need to go to a grip that has a course texture so that a firm grip can be maintained throughout the swing.

As time goes on and advances in technology are made, even the simplest of things are affected. One change that seems insignificant, but carries a large impact, is with grips that players are now able to put on their equipment. Grips have gone more or less from leather to rubber to multi compound construction. For our explanation we will use 2 examples of grips that would more than likely make Hogan himself go Hmmm. The first grip is GolfPride’s Multicompound and the second is the V17 AVS by Winn Grips.

Grips in today’s day and age are focusing on control, comfort, and durability through the use of science.


Example 1: GolfPride’s new decade Multicompound grip which “combines black velvet cord for the upper hand with soft red rubber for the lower. A unique combination of control and comfort”. This particular grip “features innovative two layer thermoset rubber construction. A firm inner layer assures maximum control while the soft outer wrap delivers comfort and sensitivity”.(golfsmith clubmaker magazine2004 vol. 13 no.8)

Example 2: The V17 AVS by Winn Grips
“Revolutionary departure from standard rubber grips, the V17 AVS is engineered from the latest grip material to date. V17 is a proprietary polymer that offers a firm, responsive feel with unprecedented tackiness in all weather conditions. This extraordinary material utilizes an Advanced Vertical Seam process that allows the wrapped grip a virtually seamless appearance.” (Winn home page)

Mitson's Quick Grips Fitting System

The quick fit method for grip sizing:

  • Take your grip with the left hand only.
  • Take notice of where the ring and middle finger end up.
  • If these fingers end up wrapped into the palm (like making a fist) then the current grips are too small.
  • If the fingers on the other hand almost form the letter “c” then the grips are more than likely too large.
  • A properly sized grip will fit in the players’ hand with comfort and the ring and middle finger will almost touch the palm

Another pertinent question is when should a player change the grips? This is based on amount of play and practice. However grips should be changed a minimum of once a season, usually this is done before the beginning of the season.. Due to the fact that as time passes grips get slick, dry out, wear where the thumbs and fingers are placed. Another note is that as practice and playing time is put in some grips may need to be changed more often (example would be wedges, 7ir. and driver).

In conclusion this tech would recommend having your grips changed in Feb. so that you beat the rush and are ready to get to the links and play instead of searching for that club that just slipped out of the hands.


Upcoming articles:


-Nanotechnology and how it affects the golf industry
-Drivers with weighting, does it really make a difference?
-Your wedges, what to carry and why.


 
 
 
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