Getting A Grip
Golfing Magazine: Should we get new golf grips before each new golf season … and if so, why?
Woody Lashen: The answer is yes, and here’s why – The grip is literally your only connection to the golf club; If you don’t have a ‘fresh’ grip, you’ll tend to hold the club tighter, which is the exact opposite of what you want to do.
GM: There are a growing number of grips to choose from. Which one is best?
WL: To a great degree, it’s personal preference. Everyone’s hands create different oils so that a grip that feels ‘tacky’ to one golfer might feel slippery or course to another. Grips range from traditional ‘cord’ to softer grips. As a general rule, if you work with your hands for a living, a harder, full cord grip might be best. If you push a pencil during the day, a softer grip would probably be your choice.
GM: What about grip size?
WL: This is something many golfers overlook. If your grip is too large or too small, you would tend to compensate with your golf swing, which will obviously lead to other problems.
GM: Any exceptions to this?
WL: Yes… Golfers experiencing problems with their hands, wrists, elbows, etc. due to arthritis or other conditions might opt for larger and softer grips to absorb some of the impact. Those who grip the club too tight would also benefit from the larger, softer grips.
GM: Are there any other decisions to make regarding golf grips?
WL: There are two basic styles of grips – the round grip, and the ‘reminder’ grip, which isn’t seen as much these days. The ‘reminder’ is a ridge down the back of the grip that helps you place your hands in the same position each time. Some golfers, particularly beginners, prefer this type of grip, but again – it’s all personal preference.
GM: Bottom line… Our clubs need new grips each year, correct?
WL: It really is the LEAST you can do to help your game. Let’s say you want to hold off in buying a new set of clubs… If you re-grip your clubs, it can be like purchasing a new set. It’s similar to the tires on your car.
GM: Are you saying I need ‘radial’ grips now?
WL: Cute … No, I’m saying that you probably can drive your car on bald tires – but it’s dangerous, because it’s the car’s connection to the road. Worn tires will slip and skid. Install fresh tires, and the car performs better. You want to be the best you can be on the golf course. The game is already hard enough.