rip size is an important aspect of golf club fitting as it can significantly impact a golfer's ability to control the club and achieve consistent shots. The right grip size is essential for comfort, control, and overall performance. Here are some key points to consider regarding grip size in golf club fitting:
Importance of Grip Size: The grip is the golfer's only point of contact with the club, and its size can affect how the club is controlled during the swing. An incorrect grip size can lead to poor clubface control, inconsistent swing mechanics, discomfort and even injury.
Types of Grip Sizes: Golf grips come in various sizes, typically ranging from undersize to jumbo. These sizes can vary depending on the brand and model of the grip, but there are some general standards. Common grip sizes include undersize, standard, midsize, and oversize or jumbo and these can be built up with extra wraps of tape underneath or made thinner by stretching the grip when it is installed.
Determining the Right Grip Size: The right grip size is influenced by a golfer's hand size, finger length, and personal preference. Club fitters can measure hand size and take into account other factors like grip style (e.g., overlap, interlock, or baseball grip) to recommend an appropriate size. A grip’s size and weight will also have an effect on how the clubhead feels.
Effects of Incorrect Grip Size:
Undersized Grips: Grips that are too small can lead to excessive hand and wrist action during the swing, making it difficult to control the clubface. This may result in hooks or slices.
Oversized Grips: A grip that is too large for a players hand size may limit hand and wrist action, which can result in a lack of feel and control. This may lead to blocked shots or a lack of distance.
Comfort and Feel: Comfort and feel are subjective, but they are crucial. Golfers should choose grips that feel comfortable and provide adequate feedback for shot control. Some golfers prefer a softer or firmer grip texture. Such examples are
Cord grip – which will give a rougher texture, which isharsher on hands but will give more grip.
Rubber tour velvet grip – a rubber grip with smallperforations across the grip to give extra softness
Wrap grips – rubber wrap grips can feel like they fit into a players hand more comfortably and will also have a tackiness to them that provides the player with more grip on the club.
Multicompound grip – a mixture of cord under the top hand and rubber under the bottom hand – the best of both worlds!
Multicompound +4 grip – the standard multicompound but this grip doesn’t taper down so it feels thicker in the bottom hand. A thicker grip tends to provide the playerwith a feeling of more control.
Testing and Experimentation: It's a good idea for golfers to try out different grip sizes todetermine which one suits them best. This can be done by regripping one club orusing a demo club. Grips can be changed easilyby our PGA Professionals. Regularlychecking and changing grips is recommended as they can wear down and lose theirtackiness over time.
In summary, grip size in golf club fitting is a crucialaspect of achieving optimal performance and comfort on the golf course. Golfersshould work with a PGA Professional club fitter to determine the correct gripsize based on their hand size, swing style, and personal preferences.