How can I make grips last longer?

    Golf grips get a great deal of physical abuse. They are handled round after round, swing after swing - oftentimes season after season. They are exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun; intense heat in the trunk of the car; ozone from the atmosphere; and dirt, oil and perspiration from human skin. In most cases they are seldom washed, sanded, or cared for in any way. Grips are meant to last, but they are not made of steel. They are made of much softer materials developed specifically to feel resilient and tacky. That's why any grips will wear or deteriorate with age and usage. You can prolong the life of your grips with regular cleaning.

    Grips can be cleaned with a mild dishwashing detergent. For buffed rubber grips (including cord) a soft abrasive pad or brush may be used. For non-buffed grips (Tour Wrap variety) a wash cloth should be used instead of an abrasive pad or brush. In either case, after scrubbing, the grip should be thoroughly rinsed in warm water to remove all remaining soap residue. The grip then may be air or towel dried. With proper care in normal playing conditions grips should hold up for several years. In the end, however, how long grips last depends on you, the elements and on how often you play.

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What do you mean by playability?

Whether a Tour professional or a high handicap weekend golfer, "playability" has the same meaning: the ability to control a club comfortably and firmly in a variety of weather conditions. And playability, even for the same golfer, can vary from season to season and from one part of the country to another.

    The golfer in a warm, humid climate may have an entirely different standard for playability than a golfer in a cool, temperate climate. Playability may be defined as comfortable control of the club, but there are many factors affecting the definition. That's one reason Golf Pride produces more than fifty designs, colors and configurations.

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Can fresh grips really improve my game?

    By themselves, fresh grips can only allow you to approach your potential as a golfer. They can't overcome a bad swing, or poor alignment, or any of the other faults that bedevil even the best golfers. But a national survey of golfers showed that 66% of those who had clubs regripped showed an average drop of three to four strokes per round! Regripping didn't make them better golfers; it made them better scorers. It's something to think about.

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Is there really a difference in grips?

The answer is YES, YES, YES! As long as golfers are individuals, there will be personal preferences and needs that cannot be fulfilled by any single grip. The basic groups of grips run from the tacky, soft feel of the Tour Wrap family, to the medium feel of the famous Victory line, to the semi-firm feel of Tour Wrap cords, to the firm feel of the various Golf Pride cord models.

    And within each group there are a number of choices. There's a huge selection from Golf Pride. And your golf professional or repair specialist can show you a range of choices. You can choose the grip contour and feel that's right for you and your game.

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How do I know the proper size grip?

Grip size can be a critical element in club fitting and performance. While standard size grips are adequate for the vast majority of golfers, many players can benefit from oversize or undersize grips. Conventional wisdom holds that a proper size grip permits the fingers in a golfers top hand to barely touch the palm. Unfortunately this rule of thumb does not address many other grip and swing issues, and the only sure-fire way to learn proper grip size is to seek the advice of a PGA golf professional or professional club-builder, who can make a recommendation based on your personal hand size, swing technique, and shot pattern.

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How can I get an "in-between size" grip?

Grip size can have a visible effect upon your shot pattern and shaping, so proper grip size is very important. The sizing chart below shows how mixing grip core size with shaft size can "customize" grips.

    Also, grips can be built up by adding wraps of tape to the shaft - one wrap will increase grip size by 1/64, two wraps 1/32, etc. Or the easy way to achieve an oversized grip is to start with one of Golf Pride's Mid-Size models. One layer of tape on a .600 shaft will produce a grip 1/16 oversize, halfway between standard and jumbo. And no guesswork is needed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Size

.560

 

.580

.600

.620

.690-.710

.865 Big Butt

 

 

 

56

Std.

 

+1/64

+1/32

NR

NR

NR

 

 

 

58

-1/64

 

Std.

+1/64

+1/32

NR

NR

 

 

 

60

NR

 

-1/64

Std.

+1/64

NR

NR

 

 

 

62

NR

 

NR

-1/64

Std.

NR

NR

 

 

 

KR/.700

NR

 

NR

NR

NR

Std.

NR

 

 

 

86

NR

 

NR

NR

NR

NR

Std.

 


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How do I know the right grip for me?

There is no one grip that is right for all golfers, and grip selection varies widely with individual needs and preferences. Some players benefit from the material and design characteristics in certain grips, while other players choose grips strictly on personal preferences.

    A good starting point in selecting grips is to seek the advice of PGA Golf Pro or professional club-builder, and to try a new grip on one club before regripping the entire set. For most golfers the right grip is the one that feels the most comfortable, and provides the most confidence.

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What's the best grip if my hands perspire or I play in wet conditions?

Cord grips have always been referred to as "all weather" grips, and for good reason. For most golfers the combination of cord fabric that absorbs moisture, and a slightly rougher surface texture, provides the best possible grip in wet conditions, or when hands perspire excessively. And for golfers who prefer a softer feel, half-cord grips, with cord only on the back half of the grip, may be the answer. It must be noted, however, that no grip is waterproof. Whenever playing in wet conditions you should use a golf bag raincover, umbrella, and towel to keep grips as dry as possible.

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Will lightweight grips help my game?

New lightweight grips are designed to take weight out of the grip and shaft portion of the club, to help reduce club static weight and retain swingweight. They can be very beneficial to club-builders using new lightweight shafts, and to regrippers looking for a way to lower club balance-point nearer the clubhead, and preserve or increase swingweight. While there is no evidence that switching to lightweight grips will automatically help all golfers, your local PGA golf pro or professional club-builder can tell you whether they might enhance the feel and performance of your clubs.

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Do putter grips matter?

Putter grips are the most touched, most used, and most overlooked piece of equipment in the bag. Because putter grips are used once, twice, and unfortunately sometimes three or four times per green, they deserve far more attention and care than they typically get. Putting is the key to scoring, and good putting requires confidence. That's why you need to select a putter size, shape, and material that feels best to you. And once you've made your selection, you need to clean the putter grip just as you do all other grips in the bag, to maintain that original tacky feel. Nothing is more individualistic than putting, so look for the putter grip that suits your personal preference, and helps you take the dreaded 3-putt out of your repertoire.