What are factors in grip fitting? By: Charley Stran
The thickness of a golf club grip (also known as the grip size) is primarily determined by the golfer's hand size and personal comfort. But it can also be influenced by other factors, such as swing characteristics and individual preferences. Here's a more detailed look:
- Hand Size: The most straightforward way to determine grip size is by measuring the golfer's hand. A professional club fitter will measure from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger and the length of the longest finger. Based on these measurements, they can suggest a standard, midsize, oversize, or jumbo grip.
- Swing Characteristics: Grip size can influence your swing mechanics. Larger grips can limit hand action, which can help players who tend to hook the ball (a shot that curves aggressively to the left for a right-handed player, or to the right for a left-handed player). Conversely, smaller grips can increase hand action, potentially beneficial for players who often slice the ball (a shot curving to the right for a right-handed player, or to the left for a left-handed player).
- Comfort and Feel: Personal preference plays a big part in grip size. Some golfers simply feel more comfortable and confident with a larger or smaller grip, regardless of their hand size. The grip should feel secure in your hands without you needing to squeeze it excessively.
- Arthritis or Hand Conditions: Golfers with arthritis or other hand conditions might prefer larger grips because they are easier to hold without causing discomfort.
- Grip Pressure: Thicker grips tend to encourage lighter grip pressure, as players don't feel the need to hold onto the club as tightly. This can lead to better wrist hinge and improved swing mechanics.
Remember, if the grip is too thick or thin for you, it can lead to poor contact, shot inconsistency, and even physical discomfort. Thus, getting the correct grip size is critical. A professional club fitting can help identify the right grip size based on these various factors.