Tires serve as the point of contact between the road and the vehicle. Car owners need to monitor tire pressure and watch for tire damage. When they replace worn-out tires, they consider tread design, tire rating, and longevity.
Much like golf club grips.
Golf grips may be the most overlooked, vital part of your clubs. Some players spend plenty of money and time finding the right club heads and shafts to fit them. When it comes to grips, most exert little effort. Like tires, worn-out grips can negatively impact your performance. That means adding unnecessary strokes on the course. A quality golf grip can help you find the optimal hold on your club to deliver more accurate, more comfortable shots. So, switching to new grips can improve your comfort, consistency, distance, and shot dispersion while dropping your handicap by several strokes.
Grips age and wear over time. Add ozone, dirt, sweat, and oils from your hands, and your club grip can degrade and impact your hold during your swing. If you want to achieve the maximum comfort and firmness of your grasp, you need to change those grips regularly. By replacing your grips, you will enjoy improved traction and approach your potential as a golfer.
The rule of thumb is to replace grips at least once a year. For some golfers, re-gripping clubs in the spring can feel fresh at the start of each season. However, there are factors to remember before re-gripping. How often you play is an obvious factor. A golfer who plays four times a week along with practice rounds may need to replace grips as often as three times per year.
Another factor to consider is the weather conditions in your playing area. Playing in a hot and humid climate can cause the grip to wear out quicker. Warm weather can cause you to sweat more, and as sweat, oil, and dirt enter your grip’s pores, the grip becomes less and less playable.
You can usually find the wear and tear on your grips on the pressure points under your thumb. If your grip is inconsistent due to some slippage, your swing will be too.
The golf industry does not lack options, whether you’re after club heads or grips. But with the sea of possibilities, which grips should you allow on your clubs?
This type of golf grip is the cheaper alternative to leather grips, but it does not compare when it comes to durability, comfort, and performance. Rubber grips start dying from the moment they’re vulcanized, and there’s no saving them.
Leather has no carcinogens or carbamates, which make it the only golf grip for golfers with latex allergies. Some golfers choose leather over other grip material due to its traction and longevity. While it doesn’t come cheap, it continues to be the gold standard for many golfers around the globe.
These grips provide traction during humid and sunny weather conditions. It is similar to a rubber grip only with cotton strands inlaid in the rubber. For players who have sweaty palms, corded grips can help you get a proper hold even when it’s hot.
If you play mostly in a humid climate, these synthetic styles should be on your club. Be careful not to rub it too hard when cleaning since this can wear the top layer off and make them slippery.
Grip maintenance is crucial to club fitting because you need tacky grips to maintain light grip pressure on the club. As the only part of the club that players can touch during practice or game, they are also the section that tends to wear out fastest. That means that you need to re-grip your clubs often. If you play frequently, consider re-gripping even more often based on visible wear.
It is best to see your local golf professional or club fitter and get your grips replaced. Don’t let worn-out grips ruin your game! At Tour Quality Golf, we recommend re-gripping annually. No one grip is right for all golfers, but with our convenient and affordable re-gripping selections and services, you are sure to find the proper grip that can help you play your best.