What Size Golf Grip Do I Need?
If you’re passionate about playing golf, it’s likely you have invested a lot of time and thought into picking out the perfect club or set of clubs for you – but did you know that a club’s grip can have an impact on your overall performance?
Though of course, your ability matters a lot more than the quality of your clubs and their respective grips, it can be interesting to see whether correctly measuring your hands and switching them out for a more suitable size has an impact on your game.
Both the size and quality of a grip are important factors, suggested to increase your accuracy and comfort as you play, and some are even made to relieve chronic pain issues such as arthritis, which could prevent you from swinging at your best.
For golf club grips, there are four main size categories: Junior (also known as undersized), Standard, Mid-size and Jumbo (also known as oversized). As with any product, there may be slight variations in the names and sizes of grips for different manufacturers, but these ones are typical across the board and you’ll be hard-pressed to find any that stray too far, sizewise.
All of the other sizes are based on standard grip measurements, for instance, a junior grip is 1/64 inches smaller than a standard, whilst midsize are 1/16 inches larger. Jumbo grips are typically 1/8 inches larger than a standard grip, too.Should you find that you need some sort of in-between size, one quick fix is to bulk up the underside of the grip with tape to pad it out. You could also seek out a customized grip specifically made to suit your measurements, but that sounds costly.
If you’re new to playing golf, or your handicap level is average and above, you should focus more on perfecting your swing and practising with different kinds of clubs and shots before worrying about the grip.
A majority of grips will be made of rubber or synthesised similar materials, which are particularly durable, have a long lifespan and are available to purchase in a variety of sizes and colours.
You might also find that the best grips have surface textures that are designed to have a smoother or a rougher hand feel depending on your preferences – you might need more traction, it could be that less of a pattern is preferable to you.
As you might expect, the simplest way to determine which grip size you require is to perform a measurement of your hands, doing so from the crease of your wrist to the very tip of your middle finger.
Recommendations for grip sizes generally are as follows, with some overlap between categories. Everyone’s hands are different, so it’s difficult to precisely predict – you may need to try a smaller or larger size before you find the right fit.
- Shorter than 7 inches
- Standard: 7 inches – 8 and 3/4 inches
- Midsize: 8 1/4 inches – 9 1/4 inches
- Oversized/Jumbo: 9 1/4 inches and above
Another method for estimating which grip size is right for you is to look at your glove size, whether for golfing or just a general pair. Whilst it’s more of a rough estimate than measuring, it can provide a baseline to work from.
If you’re at a sports store, don’t know your measurements by heart and can’t access a tape measure, throw on a pair of gloves that fits well and check out the measurements of them. Remember, this is not an accurate measurement!
Impact of grip size
Although golf is a lot to do with talent and natural ability, using a grip that is too small, too large, or of poor quality can impair your abilities and could be dampening your game. Changing them out takes seconds, but could really affect your performance!
A smaller grip on your club might coax you into moving your hands around more during your swing, which is handy for encouraging a draw shot (curving the ball from right to left, usually when using a driver).
When your regular shot is already reminiscent of a draw, a grip that’s too small could force it into a hook, which of course requires a lot more technique and is harder to contain or have control over.
Higher handicap golfers usually have too much – and often incorrect – hand movements, so a grip that is too small will really impair your play, especially if you find yourself gripping it tighter to compensate, as this can slow your swing down.
As you might expect, a grip that is too large can have the opposite effect, leading you to move your hands around and alter your position less, which might promote a fade if your swing is top-notch, but could exaggerate any potential error.
If your grip is too large, you’ll find yourself fumbling with the club, resulting in an inconsistent pressure as you swing. You’ll find it much harder to achieve precise shots if you’re unable to hold the club tightly.
Of course, changing your grip to one that fits better isn’t a guaranteed way to improve your golf performance – if your swing is technically sound, it might help a little, but otherwise, you should seek professional tutelage to improve your game.
Grips to help with pain?
Made specifically for those who deal with chronic pain and illness that affects the hands, grips to help with pain are typically larger, softer, and have a ‘tacky’ surface, allowing for a secure hold on the club without gripping too tight and hurting yourself.
Though they might not strictly match your hand size in terms of accurate measurements, they work actively to relieve the stress and strain golf has on your hands, allowing you to protect your joints by exerting a little less pressure.
It may not sound like a big change, but if you’re a regular on the green and like an eighteen-hole game when you play, you might notice that it becomes a little easier to bear the later in the match you are.