GOLF GRIPS: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
When shopping for a new set of golf grips, here are 5 things you need to know:
1) Golf Grip (Outer Diameter) Size
Golf grips come in 6 different outer diameter sizes: Standard, Midsize, Oversize/Jumbo, Undersize, and Junior. Every manufacture has a slightly different definition of diameter sizing, but in general Standard grips are around 1" in diameter. Midsize and Oversize/Jumbo grips can vary quite a bit, but in general will range around 1.2" to 1.4" in diameter. A standard method of measuring diameter will typically be 5cm below the butt end of the grip (usually where the upper hand wrist aligns with the grip). Similarly, Undersize and Junior grips will fall below 1" in diameter, sometimes nearing 0.8" or below. Because hands (and fingers) come in different shapes and sizes, it's important to try holding an installed grip before committing to changing the size of your golf grips for your entire set.
The most popular golf grip size is Standard and Midsize. Use the menu on the left column (under GOLF GRIPS) to find collections of different sizes and styles.
2) Golf Grips Styles
Golf Grips come in many different styles but pretty much fall into one of these categories: Velvet style, One-Piece style, Wrap style and Hybrid style. The Velvet style grip was made popular by Golf Pride's flagship Tour Velvet line, which features small repeating patterns of crosses which provide a light texture traction for control without sacrificing feel. The One-Piece style of grip was made popular more recently with styles like the Winn Dri-tac and Golf Pride CP2 Pro, which feature a light texture that also provide visually enhancing patters and non-slip gripping. The Wrap style is a simulated 1-piece style but using a wrap design. The Winn Excel is a popular wrap style grip, as well as the Golf Pride Tour Wrap and Jumbomax Wrap grips. The Hybrid style is a newer more modern style that utilizes 2 or more different materials. The Golf Pride New Decade Multicompound is one of the most notable Hybrid grips, which use a softer rubber for the lower hand and cord (for traction) in the upper hand.
3) Golf Grip Feel
Most golf grips will fall into one of three "feel" categories: Soft, Medium, and Firm. Feel is mostly a personal preference. But if you prefer a soft grip, it's important to select a grip that has a stable core and will produce minimal torque so there is no twisting during the swing. The Golf Pride CP2 grips address this with a stabilizing inner core, as does the IOMIC Moebius LTC ("Low Torque Core") grips. If you prefer a firmer feel, many cord grips and velvet-style grips will provide this along with sharper feedback.
4) Golf Grip Moisture Management
If you live in a wet weather or high moisture level climate, you'll want to make sure the golf grip you choose has high moisture management which will help it last longer and provide non-slip performance. Some cord grip styles are great for wet weather playing, along with many composite material golf grips, such as the Winn Dri-Tac grips. IOMIC golf grips are also known to provide extended durability due to being 100% UV and water resistant, so they will not crack or fade.
5) Golf Grip Core Size (Insider Diameter)
The majority of golf grips have an inside diameter of 0.600" or 0.580". This is because most golf shafts have an outer diameter of this measurement as well. Commonly, club-builders will look to match the core size of the golf grip to the outer diameter of the golf shaft. In some cases, club-builders will want to install a 0.580" core size grip onto a 0.600" butt diameter shaft which will increase the outer diameter of the grip just slightly. In addition, there are grips that are smaller in diameter (usually for undersize or junior shafts ranging from 0.500" to 0.560"), or much larger (for bubble shafts, around 0.800" or higher).