What are the different types of grip on golf clubs?
The grip is what you hold onto, which means it is your contact with the club, which makes it the second most important area apart from the club head. Grips should feel right to you when you are holding the club both during your set up and during your swing.
Grips tend to come in two materials - synthetic and rubber. Synthetic grips are specially designed to feel and look like leather, but they will have better durability. The idea of synthetic grips is to repel moisture with the result that it feels good whatever the weather condition. Rubber grips are less expensive than the synthetic grips, but do tend to get slippery and shiny as they wear down quicker. This is fine for wet weather as they can retain moisture, but eventually you won't be able to trust them when you swing which is a problem.
To check that the size of the grip is OK, you should hold the club as you would normally do so to hit a ball. Now remove your lower hand from your club and look at your middle fingers in relation to the area just below your thumb, which is called your hand's heelpad. Those middle fingers should be just touching the heel pad for the grip to be the right size. If you find that your fingers are digging into the heel pad then your grip is too small, and you need a bigger one. If there is a gap between your fingers and the heel pad then your grip is too large and you need to get a smaller one.
Each grip can be replaced by your golf professional, your teacher or your club maker for only a few dollars in cost, which is not a lot to pay for comfortable feeling and properly sized grips.
Getting the grip size right is especially important for junior golfers, who need smaller grips in order to get a proper feel. If your grip is too large then you will have a tendency to push shots out to the right (or left if you are left-handed). If they are small, then your bad shots will go to the left (right for left-handers).
Even if your grips are only a little bit too big or small you will be trying to move your hands when you swing which will make inconsistent shots and a lack of solid feeling, which in turn will affect your scores.
Do not take your grips for granted. Every time you play you should check your grips. You should clean your grips when you can as dirt can be abrasive if it stays on the grips. If you can't be bothered with this - we say get a grip!!