Thursday, March 4, 2010

Get a grip on your game

I am surprised how many players are not aware that golf grips are available in different sizes. This is an important component of the clubfitting process because the player's only physical contact with the club is through the grip. A properly sized grip provides a player the right "feel" at address and consistent control during the swing.

A grip that is too small, too large or slick and worn can negatively affect a player's confidence due to poor feel. Generally a too large grip reduces wrist action causing pushed shots. The player will often choke down on the grip where the diameter is smaller and feels better. This reduces swing speed because of a shorter swing arc. A too small grip often increases wrist action resulting in pulled shots. To improve the feel players will hold the club too far out on the end because the diameter is larger. This often causes the player to lose control of the club at the top of the backswing.

A grip is properly sized when the middle two fingers of the left hand just touch or almost touch the heel portion of the palm. The grip is too small if the fingers dig into the palm. The grip is too large if the gap between the fingers and the palm is 1/4 inch or more.

Whether you're in the market for a new set of clubs or your existing one's are in need of new grips it is important to consider the many variations of grip sizes, shapes and materials available. Properly fitted grips will certainly give you a better grip on your game. At Golf Rx we offer same day service on in stock grips.

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