Grips Buyer's Guide 2007

Despite all the technology in the clubhead and shaft, it's the grip that's really come a long way.

Tech Talk
Get A Grip
By Jeff Shepherd
Winn Grips

The important thing for recreational golfers to do when choosing a new set of grips is to find the model that best suits their individual needs. Thanks to new technologies there are so many choices available today that’s it’s critical to find out what you like and also what works for your game. Find the material that feels best and suits your playing conditions. Size and firmness are also extremely important. If you have any problems with your hands, such as arthritis, try some softer grips that are tacky but not too firm. Also, regardless of your hand condition, we strongly recommend you see your local PGA professional to find out what size grip is appropriate for you.

At Winn we’ve been focusing on advanced technologies for quite some time and have found that advanced integration is the most significant development so far. As is the case with our Xi7 model, we can now combine different patterns and firmnesses of Polymer to provide what we feel is the ultimate in grip performance. With our patented Polymer material and advanced integration technology, we can provide grips that absorb 65-percent more shock than traditional grips as well as 40-percent more slip resistance. This puts a lot less strain on the hand and arms, while still providing plenty of feedback.

How To Buy A Grip
David Bass has been a professional clubmaker at Hillandale Golf Club in Durham, N.C., for 28 years. He’s the area’s utmost expert on getting golfers the right grips for their clubs. His advice: “Each type of grip comes in various sizes and textures. If you have oily skin and sweat while you play, you won’t have an easy time holding onto a standard grip. You’ll want soft cords. If you have tender and dry hands, go toward a rubber or composition grip, like those from Winn.”

Everyone’s hands are different, with respect to their finger lengths, shape and size of their palms. Bass suggests you take these traits into consideration as well. “Roll your hand into a circle and find the size of cavity it creates—that will help you determine the right grip size. You want your arms and shoulders to relax. If a grip is too small, it makes tension in your forearms and shoulders. If it’s too big, you have to squeeze to hold on to it, and that also creates tension. So fit is the most important criteria.”

The contour of the grip—how it gets smaller toward the lower hand—also needs to fit comfortably, according to Bass. “Most good players are ‘feel’ golfers and will want a firmer grip so that they get more response from the club through their hands. Whatever grips you buy—more than anything—make sure all 13 clubs other than the putter have same-sized grips.”
—Scott Kramer


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