A worn or slick grip on your golf club can have a major impact on your golf swing and performance. Increased grip pressure to ensure the club is secure will decrease the speed of the club head and cause a loss of distance. Worn grips may also slip in your hands, causing the club head to shift from square and result in off-centre strikes and a decrease in shot accuracy.
As a general rule, most manufacturers recommend changing your grips at least once a year. If you play frequently you may consider re-gripping more than once a year. Oils on your hands, sweat, dirt and other elements will break down the grip surface. Worn grips do not provide the same traction and stability as newly-installed, fresh grips.
Putter grips are the most touched, most used and most overlooked piece of equipment in the bag. Because putter grips are used once, twice, and unfortunately sometimes three or four times per green, they deserve far more attention and care than they typically get.
Putting is the key to scoring, and good putting requires confidence. That's why you need to select a putter grip size, shape, and material that perform best for you. Once you've made your selection, you need to clean the putter grip just as you do all other grips in the bag, to maintain that original tacky feel.
Nothing is more individualistic and feel-based than putting, so look for the putter grip that suits your personal preference, and helps you take the dreaded 3-putt out of your repertoire.
Friction, oils on your hands, UV light, dirt and other natural elements will wear down the grip surface and eventually cause grips to lose their tackiness and traction. Generally the more you play, the more times you will need to replace your grips.
GRIP FEATURES & TECHNOLOGY
A ribbed grip features an extra piece of rubber on the inside of the back (underside) of the grip which forms a ridge when the grip is installed. This ridge serves as a reminder for the hands to grip the club consistently in the same place each time.
A round grip does not have this rib or reminder.
"Core Size" refers to the inner core diameter of the grip in inches. This is the internal cavity of the grip where the shaft is inserted during fitting.
Diameters for grips & shafts are often written by manufacturers in formats like "0.580" or "0.58" or "58" which would all represent the same 0.580 inch diameter.
The core size is important and generally you should match the grip core size (in inches) to the club shaft diameter at the butt end (grip removed).
Small differences in shaft diameter & grip core size can result in a slight change in grip thickness once fitted.
Large differences in shaft diameter & grip core size can result in the grip being loose on the shaft, splitting during installation or being impossible to fit.
Generally you should match the grip core size (in inches) to the club shaft diameter at the butt end (grip removed).
You can often look up the Shaft Butt Diameter on the shaft or club manufacturer's website.
If this information is not available remove the grip & tape and measure the diameter of the shaft at the butt end.
Most manufacturers recommend a Cord Golf Grip. Cord grips contain a moisture wicking fibre woven into the rubber to increase traction despite wet & humid conditions.
Many players find this grip style is the best option for removing moisture from the grip.
Whenever playing in wet conditions, we also recommend using a golf bag rain cover, umbrella, and towel to keep grips as dry as possible.
A hybrid grip contains two materials to create the best combination of moisture management and feel. Many hybrid grips feature cord in the top hand and softer rubber in the bottom hand. During the downswing, torque occurs on the upper hand, requiring more traction and stability in all weather conditions. The lower hand's softer rubber provides increased responsiveness and feel to provide the best in all-around stability and feel.
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Reduced taper grips (with a larger lower hand) were inspired by Tour player preferences to build up the lower hand with wraps of tape. This straighter taper creates a more uniform grip shape, allowing the top and bottom hands to have even grip pressure and preventing the club face from being overactive. This leads to more consistency, a square club face more often, and more distance.
Shot feedback or vibration transferred to your hands upon impact is an important attribute when selecting a grip. Softer grips can dampen vibration, while firmer grips provide more shot feedback. Some players prefer to feel the vibration to help improve ball contact precision and gain information on mis-hits. Other players prefer to limit vibration, including those with joint pain or arthritis.
Lightweight grips are designed as replacement grips for drivers and fairway woods that utilise light grips, shafts, and composite club heads as components. They can also take weight out of the grip and shaft portion of a standard weighted club, to help reduce club static weight and retain swing weight. They can be very beneficial to club-builders using new lightweight shafts, and to re-grippers looking for a way to lower club balance-point nearer the club head, and preserve or increase swing weight. While there is no evidence that switching to lightweight grips will automatically help all golfers, your local PGA golf pro or professional club-builder can tell you whether they might enhance the feel and performance of your clubs.
A common fault of many golfers when putting is breaking the wrists or allowing too much movement in the hands which can take the putting stroke and putter clubface offline. An oversized putter grip works to fill the hands and prevent too much wrist movement for a consistent stroke.
Tools Needed: Hooked blade, two-sided grip tape, grip solvent.
Recommended but NOT required: Vice clamp and heat gun.
- Step 1:
- Use the hooked blade to cut down the grip (away from your body) and remove old grip.
- Step 2:
- Use a heat gun (if available) to warm up old grip tape on shaft and peel off. If no heat source is available, peel off tape until the shaft is free of any tape.
- Step 3:
- Place the shaft in the vice clamp and align so the top edge of the club face is square.
- Step 4:
- Measure the grip tape to the size of the grip and apply tape to the shaft. Remove the top layer of the grip tape to reveal the sticky tape on the outside.
- Step 5:
- Use the grip solvent or odourless mineral spirits and apply to the tape on the shaft and to the inside of the grip. Seal both ends of the grip with fingers and shake a few times to coat the inside of the grip with solvent for easier installation.
- Step 6:
- Pinch the open end of the grip and slide onto the butt end of the shaft. Quickly slide the grip on while the solvent is still wet. Align the grip down the shaft using the three white hashes on the grip to ensure it is straight with the club head.
- Step 7:
- When the grip is straight, remove from vice and lightly push the end cap on the ground to secure the end of the grip is completely seated on to the shaft.
- Step 8:
- Let dry for one hour before use to allow the solvent to dry and grip to secure to shaft.
The most important part of installing a ribbed grip is ensuring the rib is lined up properly. When installing a ribbed grip it is recommended to use enough solvent to allow adjusting of the grip position. Use the hash lines on the top and bottom ends of the grip to properly align the grip with the clubface. Then put the re-gripped club in your hands to check the alignment and ensure the rib is placed correctly in your hand.
Most manufacturers recommend the use of double sided grip tape which ensures that the grip properly adheres to the shaft.
To give you the very best experience when fitting - we only offer Premium double sided grip tape which is available in rolls or pre-cut strips.
Our premium double sided tape is manufactured to give you an improved experience when fitting. Activate the grip tape with odourless HF-100 golf grip tape solvent (recommended) or white spirit.
Due to the contour of many putter grips and the importance of proper putter alignment, take some extra time to ensure your putter grip is installed on the correct line.
ADVANCED GRIP INSTALLATION
To maintain the grip manufacturer's stated size once fitted, you should match the grip core size (in inches) to the club shaft diameter at the butt end (grip removed).
You have a club with a shaft diameter at the butt of 0.600 inches and wish to have a Midsize grip once fitted.
The easiest way to achieve this is to choose a Midsize grip with a core size of 0.600.
You have a club with a shaft diameter at the butt of 0.580 inches and wish to have a Midsize grip once fitted.
The easiest way to achieve this is to choose a Midsize grip with a core size of 0.580.
The chart below shows how mixing grip core size with shaft size changes the resulting outer grip diameter.
You have a club with a shaft diameter at the butt end of 0.600 inches.
You fit a grip with a core size of 0.580 inches.
The outer diameter (thickness) of the grip when fitted will increase by +1/64 of an inch.
You have a club with a shaft diameter at the butt end of 0.580 inches.
You fit a grip with a core size of 0.600 inches.
The outer diameter (thickness) of the grip when fitted will decrease by -1/64 of an inch.
The outer diameter (thickness) of grips can be built up by adding extra wraps of tape to the shaft before fitting.
Generally, each extra layer of tape increases the resulting outer grip thickness by 1/64 of an inch. e.g.
One extra layer will increase grip size by 1/64 of an inch.
Two extra layers will increase grip size by 1/32 of an inch.
Grips can last longer with standard maintenance. Grips will naturally wear down from exposure to the elements and play. To extend the life of your grips, manufacturers often recommend cleaning your grips throughout the season to remove oils and dirt that have built up. It is also recommended to store your clubs inside to avoid the weather or extreme temperatures, which can prematurely break down the grip material.
For specific grips care instructions, please refer to the manufacturer's website.
Most brands recommend cleaning your grips several times each year to remove the oils and dirt which can build up with consistent use. This process can often improve grip performance and extend grip life.
As grip material and construction varies between manufacturers, we recommend referring to the manufacturer's website for specific grip cleaning advice and instructions.
Store your golf clubs inside to extend the life of your grips. High or low temperatures can break down the grip material, so leaving your clubs outside or in a car is not recommended.
Most manufactures recommend all players re-grip their clubs every year and more for frequent players. The oils on your hands, sweat, dirt, UV rays, temperature changes and other elements can all contribute to grip wear. Worn grips will become firmer than when you first installed them and lose their original tackiness. These effects can cause increase grip pressure which inhibits the correct wrist release. When your grips lose their tackiness the smallest club slippage can have a great impact on squaring your club face and lead to decrease in performance.
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