Shopping for new golf grips can seem daunting, given the large selection of brands and styles. But we're here to help guide you in your search for the best grip for your game. Here are 3 key features of every golf grip you need to know.
Golf Grip (Diameter) Size
Golf grips come in 6 different 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.
Golf Grips Styles & Traction
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 collection, 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 to help 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.
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.