Standard vs. Midsize Golf Grips

At Golfer’s Authority, we’ve always maintained that having the right equipment is essential to playing your best.  That means getting properly fit for things like lie angle, club length, shaft flex, the list goes on.

But one of the most important aspects of finding the right equipment that all too often goes overlooked, is choosing the right grips.  More specifically, we’re talking about making the decision between standard and midsize grips.

In this article we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about these two sizes, so that you can make the right decision for your game.



What’s the Difference Between Standard and Midsize Grips?

The answer to this question is pretty straightforward.  Standard sized grips are the grips that most golf clubs come with.  That’s because they fit the majority of golfer’s hands and are therefore the most widely played. 

Midsize grips are slightly thicker than standard grips.

What Factors Should You Consider When Deciding Between Standard and Midsize Grips?

Chances are standard size grips are going to be the right ones for you.  However, if you have larger than average hands, midsize grips may be a better option. 

If you fall into the latter category, midsize grips can help you maintain better control of the club than you’re able to with standard grips.  This is because people with large hands that use standard grips are going to have a lot more clubface rotation.  Because midsize grips are thicker, they limit clubface rotation and help golfers keep it more stable through the impact area. 

While the size of your hands should be the primary factor you consider when choosing grip size, if you hook the ball too much, midsize grips might be of benefit.  Hooks are caused by a clubface that closes too early at impact.  Like we mentioned above, the thicker design of midsize grips limits rotation and will help you deliver the clubface more squarely at impact. 

The last reason you might want to choose midsize grips is if you have arthritis in your fingers, hands, or wrists.  Here again, the thicker design of midsize grips plays to your advantage.  It helps absorb a lot of the shock and reverberation that happens at impact.  As a result, your joints won’t feel as much shock when you make contact with the ball or ground.

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Final Thoughts

Anyone that denies the importance of playing with the right equipment hasn’t played much golf.  If you’re going to play to your potential, properly fitted equipment is a must. 

That includes choosing the right size grips.  Chances are standard size grips are what’s best for your game.  However, if you have larger than average or arthritic hands, or hook the ball, midsize grips might be a better choice.  But the only way to know for sure is to get properly fitted for your clubs.

Do you prefer standard or midsize grips?  Let us know down below in the comments.

Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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