How do Ping’s top players pick their grips? We dug in to find out

Viktor Hovland of Norway plays his shot from the 18th tee during the second round of The Sentry at Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 05, 2024 in Kapalua, Hawaii.

With grips being the vital connection between you and your golf clubs, we decided to find out how Ping's best players have theirs set up.

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From shaft flex and weight, down to loft, and even hosel settings, the golf club specs of the best players in the world are an interesting deep dive. One of the most underappreciated components of their clubs is their grips, and specifically how they are spec’d out. But today we’re going to dig into that.

Below is comprehensive information on the grips and tape combinations that keep the best players in the world firmly secured to their clubs.

But before we dig into the specs, here’s a quick note to help you decode the information. The number and letter combination (60R, for example) represents the inside diameter of the grip in inches, so 60 equals .60 inches, and the R denotes a round grip. X means that the grip offers a rib or reminder for additional alignment help.

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Viktor Hovland: Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound (MCC) black/blue, standard – 60R with two total wraps of tape.

Sahith Theegala: Golf Pride Tour Velvet (gold), midsized – one wrap of tape.

Matthieu Pavon: Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound (MCC) Align, midsized – one wrap of tape.

Tony Finau: Custom Lamkin UTX green and white cord, midsized – five total wraps of tape under the lower hand and four total wraps under the top hand.

Cameron Champ: Gold Pride Tour Velvet, standard – 58X with three total wraps of tape.

Austin Eckroat: Golf Pride V55 full cord, standard – 60R with one wrap of tape.

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Seamus Power: Golf Pride Z-cord, Midsized – one double-thick layer of grip tape, six total wraps under the lower, and three total under the top hand.

Corey Conners: Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound (MCC) black/blue, standard – 60R with two total wraps of tape; lob wedge grip aligned slightly open.

Harrison Endycott: Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound (MCC) Align black/white – one wrap of tape.

Chandler Phillips: Golf Pride BCT cord – 58R with one wrap of tape.

Mackenzie Hughes: Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound (MCC) black/blue, standard – 60R with four total wraps under the lower hand and three wraps under the top hand.

Victor Perez: Golf Pride BCT cord – 58X with one wrap of tape.

Tyrrell Hatton: Golf Pride MC Plus 4 black/purple, standard – 60R with two wraps total, logo down

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Bubba Watson has some of the most unique grip specs in professional golf. Getty Images

Bubba Watson: Ping 703 (gold), oversized. Driver – 13 wraps total lower hand, 11 wraps total top hand. Lob wedge – 16 wraps total lower hand, 14 wraps total top hand. All other clubs – 12 wraps total lower hand, 10 wraps total top hand, aligned slightly open.

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.