The evolution of my golf game was slow and sometimes challenging. In my early years, I felt that off the rack equipment was well suited for my game. Therefore, I never really focused on the finer aspects of how technology could improve my overall game. That is until I decided to compete more and needed every advantage I could find to lower my golf scores. That is when I stumbled across the knowledge of how golf grip size was an important concept I completely overlooked. Well, not any more!
Roughly 30 years ago I found out that grip size was important. In my early years, I hand a tendency to pull the ball; I rarely sliced. What I did before my new found knowledge was aim farther right or adjust my swing plane to account for my traditional miss. This method of fixing my swing challenges was a poor excuse at best; then a conversation with my local professional, Gary, changed my entire focus on what grip I should use.
Back in the early 90s, I wanted to regrip my father’s Ping Eye 2 Red Dot clubs. I still used the irons and persimmon wooden woods because they worked very well for my game. I did, however, need the clubs to be regripped and I sparked up a conversation with my local golf professional. The first question he asked was what size of grip I was currently using. I responded standard I guess. They ones on the clubs were never change since I used them and did not really know. Gary smiled and taught me the following:
As it turned out, my grips were to small and I needed to shift to mid-size grips. In those days, when the grips were changed, the professional added a second layer of tap. Now, we can purchase midsized grips in almost every make and style. I currently use midsize grips. If I purchase a club that has a standard grip, I change it immediately to a midsize.
I changed my grips to midsize back in the early 90s and magically, my pull/hook to the left became less prevalent. I still need to work on my swing, but that is a different story for another day. My point is that the thickness of our golf grip is important. It seems like a minor thing, but it definitely makes a difference in how we make contact with the ball.
If you are thinking about changing your grips because it is due, I recommend you take into account the size of the grip your are purchasing. It does make a difference….at least it did for my game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!