Are golf grips important? Read on to find out how improtant they are.
Grips come in a variety of colours, patterns, materials, textures, weights and sizes
and as this is your only point of contact with the club, it is vitally important
that this particular component both fits your hand correctly and additionally "feels"
The size is the most important aspect, too big or too small and it will encourage
you to hook or to slice through the hands not releasing at the right time, but equally
the hands and forearm muscles need to be relaxed, not only to improve the swing but
additionally to reduce the possibility of getting golfers elbow.
Try this little test next time you grip your club. Using your left hand only (assuming
that you are right handed) grip the club as you normally would and with your free
hand feel the upper muscle in your forearm, it should be relaxed and soft allowing
you to grip the club as though it was a brand new tube of toothpaste, remove the
cap, hit the ball and don't squeeze any out.
If it is hard get your grips checked for correct sizing by a qualified club fitter,
but NOT the person who sold you the clubs, as they should, if they were in any way
professional, have checked your hand size in the first place.
You will all know the secure feeling you get when you have new grips fitted and it
is important that they always feel the same, but unfortunately the majority of golfers
neither change their grips on a regular basis, or even clean them. The result is
that they become hard and shiny and do not then perform as they are intended to.
For most golfers new grips should be fitted at least once a year and between times
they should be kept clean.
Feel is also very important, but also very personal, and the choice of material and
texture should always rest with the individual, but of the well known names like
Golf Pride, Lambkin, Avon, Winn and Karakal, we have always majored on Karakal and
where possible always fit them to the new clubs that we Custom Build. They not only
offer a good selection of colours and textures, but also make many different sizing
options and with their new range of specially designed gloves make playing in the
rain a problem free experience.
Golfers elbow, or to use its proper name, medial epicondylitis, is a very painful
condition affecting the inside of the elbow and results from overuse of arm and forearm
muscles. In the case of a golfer this is normally caused by gripping the club too