What Golf Grip Size Should I Use?

Out of all the golf equipment you need to play your best golf, your grips might be the most overlooked part of the equation.  Our Golfer’s Authority Instructors stress the importance of having the right grips.  After all, they’re your only connection to the golf club.

With so many different grips to choose from, it’s hard to decide which grip is best for you.  While the type and texture of grip you choose is entirely up to you, making sure you have the right size is a little more calculated.

In this guide, we’ll explain the different sizes of grips and how to know which one is best for your game.   

How Do I Know Which Grip Size is Best for Me?

Determining the right grip size is dependent on the size of your hands.  As logic would suggest, the larger your hands, the larger the grip you need.  Conversely, if your hands are on the smaller side, smaller grips will suit you better.

How is Grip Size Measured?

Grip size is determined by measuring your top hand (left hand for right-handed golfers).  To do this, use a tape measure or ruler to measure your top hand from the tip of your middle finger to the bottom of your palm. 

The most important thing is to make sure you measure all the way to the base of your palm. 

Once you have this measurement, you’ll know what size grips are best for you.

What if My Top Hand Measurement is Less Than Seven Inches?

For juniors, ladies, and some men, the top hand measurement might be less than seven inches.  If this is the case, undersize or junior grips are going to be best.

Undersize and junior grips aren’t hard to find.  They’re made by almost all major manufacturers.

What if My Top Hand Measurement is Between Seven and 8 ¾ Inches?

Most golfers are going to fit into standard grips because their top hand measures between seven and 8 ¾”.

Standard grips are the most readily available and come in all matter of shapes, textures, and colors.

What if My Top Hand Measurement is 8 ¼ Inches and 9 ¼ Inches?

If your top hand falls into this measurement window, midsize grips will probably be best. 

Midsize grips are also a great choice for golfers that have arthritis in their fingers, hands, or wrists.  They’re able to absorb a lot of the vibration that occurs at impact because of their size.

What if My Top Hand Measurement is More Than Nine Inches?

Golfers with a top hand measurement of greater than nine inches are rare, but they do exist. 

In this case, you’re going to need jumbo grips on all your clubs. 

Oversize or jumbo grips are also useful for golfers with arthritis for the same reasons mentioned above.

What if You’re in Between Grip Sizes?

After taking your top hand measurement, you might find that you’re in between grip sizes.  Or you might try two different size grips and neither one feels quite right.

Not to worry, you can always add a few layers of tape underneath a grip to make it the right size. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Even though grips seem like an elementary part of your equipment, they’re vitally important.  Below we answer some of the most commonly asked questions concerning golf grips.

Does Grip Size Really Matter?

You might not think so, but grip size absolutely matters.  If your grips are too big or too small, you’re going to make compensations in your golf swing that in turn affect ball flight.  

What If I Play with Grips That Are Too Big?

If you play with grips that are too big, you might find that you have a hard time getting the clubface back to square at impact.  For right-handed golfers, this results in full shots left out to right.  It’s the opposite for left-handed golfers.

Are Oversize Grips Good for Putters?

More and more we are seeing golfers transition to oversize putter grips.  The thought is that these grips take the hands and wrists out of the putting stroke.  As a result, you make a more consistent motion using your arms, chest, and shoulders. 

Oversize putting grips take some getting used to, but they can save you strokes in the long run.

How Much Do Golf Grips Cost?

Golf grips aren’t the most expensive piece of equipment you’ll buy, but they do vary in price.  The cheapest grips can cost as little as $3 or $4.  The highest end grips can cost upward of $13 to $15.

Conclusion

Choosing golf grips for your clubs is largely a personal decision.  There are too many options to count in terms of material, texture, and color.  Choose whatever you want.

Grip size is tremendously important though.  If you play with the wrong size grips, it’s going to show up in your scores.  So, take the time to go through the process of finding the right size grips for you.  It doesn’t take much time, but can make all the difference in the world.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

Founder of Golfers Authority

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