2013 Buyer's Guide Grips

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By Dan Martin, PGA

The Fault: Many people believe that there's only one way to grip a golf club, and that the process of gripping the club is unnatural. While it's definitely true that your golf grip will influence your long-term success, there are several styles that are effective in gripping the club—the overlap, the interlock and the baseball grips.

The Fix: Try this natural grip exercise. Simply get yourself into an athletic position and allow your arms to hang in front of you with zero tension. Notice how your palms face inward. Your golf grip is based off this position. From there, move your hands closer to one another so they hold the club naturally. The natural position works with any grip style, be it interlocking, overlapping or baseball. The key, no matter what particular style you use, is for the grip to rest mostly in the fingers with a comfortable grip pressure. Stick with what comes naturally first, then make adjustments if needed.

Grips are officially cool. Once a category that didn't get the credit it deserved, now it seems more golfers are finally paying attention to how important new grips are to their golf games. Again, this year has a slew of new offerings, including a variety of new styles, colors, shapes and materials to choose from.

(Prices for grips vary. See your local golf shop for pricing information.)

Black Widow
Key Feature: The upper portion of the grip features a pebble-like pattern for extra traction, whereas the lower portion of the grip has a wrap-style texture for added feel.
Who It's For: Players who want a firm-feeling grip in the upper hand and the softer feeling of a wrap grip in the lower-hand portion.
<Material: Proprietary rubber
Design: Round, ribbed
Size: Standard
Secret Grip
Key Feature: Jack Nicklaus endorses them! That should be enough, right? The secret behind the Secret Grip is that they're counterbalanced, which raises the balance point of the club for better feel through the swing.
Who It's For: Golfers who want an aggressive pattern that wicks away water and perspiration.
Material: Proprietary compound with 17g Tungsten weight in the butt section of the grip.
Design: Velvet
Size: Standard
C4 Grip
Key Feature: Champ's new in grips for 2013, and the C4 shows they mean business. The added Kevlar and unique textures and guideline patterns lend a tacky and comfortable feel. It's also easy to replicate the ideal grip using the patterns as a guide for precise finger positioning.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a rugged grip that feels great. The added Kevlar adds torque for less twisting.
Material: Rubber, Kevlar
Design: Proprietary pattern
Size: Standard, midsized


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