Why you should pay more attention to the size of your golf grips

Why you need to start thinking more about your grips.

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1. It can affect your shot shape

Jonathan Wall, Managing Equipment Editor: The simple answer is to grip your club and see if your hands feel comfortable. If your fingers are crowded or you feel as if you can’t control the club without increasing grip pressure, it might be time to consider a grip change. The simple answer is a grip that’s too small will engage your hands more during the swing, while a larger grip will reduce rotation and activate the larger muscles. That means a smaller grip could accentuate a hook if it’s your common miss or do the same for a slice if the grip is too big. I’ve seen some players go smaller to combat a slice and large to straighten out a hook, but it’s not a foolproof fix. I’d suggest getting a Top 100 Teacher involved to take a proper look.

2. It can change the weight of your club

Andrew Tursky, Senior Equipment Editor: Grip size effects how your hands fit together on the club, so it absolutely matters. It can also impact swing weight of the club, overall weight, and it can mentally impact how you’ll release the club. As J.Wall said, there’s a few guidelines to finding the right grip size, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to preference. Try a bunch of different grip sizes and see what works for you. My guess is that after trying different-sized grips, it’s unlikely the size grips you use currently are actually the right one for you. With so many options, the odds just aren’t in your favor.

3. They can help (or hurt) your golf swing

Luke Kerr-Dineen, Director of Game Improvement Content: Everybody grips the club, but nobody grips the club the same way. That’s because everyone is built differently, and are predisposed to swinging the club in different ways to suit their strengths and weaknesses. A good golf coach will help you match a specific grip to your body type.

If your grips aren’t the right size, you’ll struggle to position your hands on the golf club the way that’s best for you. So work with a good coach and get fit so you can avoid any issues.

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Jonathan Wall

Golf.com

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s Managing Editor for Equipment. Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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Andrew Tursky

Golf.com Editor

Andrew Tursky is the Senior Equipment Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Game Improvement Content at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.