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This rethinking tip can prevent a big mistake and save you money

Testing grips can save you money

Testing grips over a long period of time can help you make the best decision for your game and avoid making a big mistake.

Ryan Barath/GOLF

Choosing the right grip for your clubs can be difficult, especially considering how many options are available on the market. In addition to style, size and texture choices, golfers must also consider the level of comfort and traction they are looking for in their ideal grip and normal playing conditions.

With all these factors in mind – and to make sure you find the best grip for your game – we have a tip that can help make that decision easier and prevent you from wasting a lot of money.

Various golf grips 2024
With so many grips to choose from, it’s important to choose the right one for your game.

Ryan Barath/GOLF

Start testing

Sure, it may sound simple, but testing different grips under different conditions will help you make the best decision.

But when we say testing, we don’t mean walking into a store or going online and ordering 13 of the same grips to re-grip your entire set because you think they might feel good; that’s when mistakes happen. Instead, limit your grip choices to a few options and install one or two on some of your favorite clubs, or find a few older clubs that are still hanging around to use as test subjects.

For this process I recommend a driver, a short iron (8-9 iron), and your highest lofted wedge as these are the clubs golfers use most. The highest lofted wedge is important because it is a club that is manipulated the most during a round, and you should like it in all grip conditions.

Golf grip tape
Changing how many layers of tape are under your handles can improve the feel.

Ryan Barath/GOLF

Test your cassette tape

Another great way to test a new grip is to adjust the layers of tape placed under the grip before it is installed. It is standard for grips to have one wrap of tape, but as data from PGA Tour players suggests, using the tape to change the size of the grip can help create a better connection with your clubs, and a little experimentation can make a big difference. .

One final thing to consider is that you don’t have to use the same grip on all your clubs. Of course it can help if you’re struggling to find the right feel in your set, but if you have an adjustable driver, a round grip may be the best choice for that club compared to a grip with a rib or memory that works better on irons.

Once you have the grip style, size, shape and number of layers of tape, you are free to make confident swings with any club in your bag.

Remember, the grip is the only connection you have between you and your clubs, and having the right grip can make a big difference in performance, whether it’s size, texture or alignment. So before you upgrade the grips on your clubs, invest some time in the process of finding the right one for your game and don’t rush into choosing the whole set.

Do you want to refurbish your bag for 2024? Find a fitting location near you at True Spec Golf.

Ryan Barath

Golf.com editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive background in customizing and building clubs and more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was chief content strategist for Tour Experience Golf in Toronto, Canada.