How to Buy Golf Club Grips

By Greg Lindberg

When replacing the grips on your golf clubs, you have more choices than simply finding grips that match what you already have. Among your options are midsize, oversize, undersize, and full-cord and half-cord grips. Other types include putter grips and training grips. Players should replace their grips when they become worn and slippery, but can also change grips to suit their preference for size and comfort.

Choose the type of grip material that feels most comfortable for you; for example, rubber grips, which are made of cords, and softer grips, which are made of thermoplastic. Test the grips by holding them the way you would if you were swinging a club.

Determine the size of grip is best for you. The most common core sizes are .580 and .600, and the core size should match the shaft size. Grip sizes are available to fit juniors, women, and men, as well as men's undersized (women's oversized), men's midsized and men's jumbo. When you hold the club, your fingers should just barely touch your palm for the correct fit.

Determine whether you want a ribbed or round golf grip. Ribbed grips have have a small ridge that runs down back of the grip, and round grips have no ridge. Ribbed grips help golfers remember where their fingers should be positioned and can be very helpful for beginners.

Consider buying grips online or browse through various grips on websites like Golfsmith to see customer reviews.

Visit your local pro shop, where you can buy the grips and have a professional change them for you. This service is typically no more expensive than replacing the grips yourself, and you'll have the added benefit of the pro's advice.

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