Golf Grip Texture and Feel
Of all the pieces of equipment in a golfer's arsenal, one of the most forgotten ones is the golf grips. Golfers tend to do all sorts of research regarding their clubs, shoes, bags, and gloves, but grips are unfortunately left in the cold.
While they're all essential pieces of equipment, it is also vital that you pay attention to the grips, as it is the only part of the club that you touch. Being able to find the right grips means that you'll perform at your best, ensuring that every swing you take is a confident one.
With that said, if you're out and about looking to purchase golf grips, here's a short guide to help you do so.
Rubber, Corded, and Wrap Grips
The first type of grip you might encounter is the rubber grips, as they're the most common. They are primarily produced because they offer excellent adhesion while still being able to be shaped to the desired form easily to fit a golfer's hand. While many of these rubber grips are made of rubber, you'll find some that are made of plastic and silicone.
The second type of grip you'll find are corded grips. These grips are made from cord materials that help immensely with friction between your hands in un-idealistic conditions, such as rain and humid weather. While these may provide significant traction even when wet, you might find them abrasive to the touch. This is a let-down for some, as this abrasive feel hampers the overall comfort.
The third type is wrap grips. These grips are wrapped around the shaft of the club—think of tennis and badminton rackets. Initially, these are often made of leather. Today, they're made of different synthetic materials that help balance grip and comfortability. Generally, though, they'll provide a surface with a tacky feel to them.
As technology evolves, allowing lighter clubs to be made, grips are getting lighter as well. You will find that different grips for different types of clubs are lighter than before. Grips used on metal woods will generally be much lighter than grips used on irons.
Putter grips have its category, just because of how it is different from any other grips out there. You'll find that most, if not all, putter grips don't seem to have the same amount of traction on them. That's because it isn't required, as players aren't swinging hard with these. They're the only types of grips with a flat edge on one side as well, allowing you to line up your thumbs correctly for an accurate swing.
Firm and Soft Grips
Perhaps the most critical factor to consider when selecting grips is its feel—hard versus soft. Generally, a firm grip will allow for more torsion control and harder swings. However, these are usually used by top-tier players, thanks to the harder-than-normal swings. If you're a veteran golfer, you will benefit from such a grip.
If you're a newer player, a softer grip will be much easier to handle, not to mention comfortable. While that might sacrifice some torsion control, it would be much easier for you to keep your grip on them.
Round and Ribbed Golf Grips
Any grips you'll find will either be rounded or ribbed. For example, if you find that a grip is smooth throughout, that's a rounded grip. However, if you find a grip that has a small ridge that runs throughout the grip, that's a ribbed grip. The advantage of ribbed grips over rounded grips is that it can be used as a guide to help players place their hands on the grips properly.
While the above information can help you in terms of figuring out which grips might interest you and fit your playstyle, the best way to go about this is to try them out for real. Experience is the best teacher, and when you try out a grip for a while enough, you'll be able to figure out what works for you and what doesn't.
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