Frequently asked questions / Questions fréquemment posées

Why do I need to regrip my clubs?

The grip is one of the most important components in golf and the only part of the club that you actually touch.  Grips are made of materials that age and wear as a function of time and use. Ozone, heat, dirt and oils from your hands all age your grips and cause the natural degradation of the grip. The traction that a fresh grip provides lets you hold the club lightly without the subconscious fear of losing the club during your swing. This relaxed state promotes proper swing mechanics and wrist action. While a worn grip causes you to grasp the club tighter, causing arm and wrist tension that inhibits proper swing mechanics and leads to loss of power and control. A fresh set of grips is an inexpensive and fast way to bring a noticeable change to your game.

How often should I get my clubs regripped?

As a rule of thumb, you should regrip once every year or every 40 rounds. Regardless of how often you play, ozone, heat, dirt and oils are constantly at work breaking down the materials that make up your grips. Granted, frequent play and personal preference may dictate regripping sooner, but with normal use there's enough degradation of the material after a year to warrant fresh grips. Keep in mind that grips lose a significant amount of their original feel long before they become hard and slick. Because it happens slowly over time, most golfers fail to notice it. That's important to remember because just a tiny, imperceptible slip at contact will be magnified to many yards by the time the ball reaches its target. Many people find that getting in the routine of regripping every Spring as the golf season "officially" begins is the easiest way to remember.

How can I make grips last longer?

Golf grips get a great deal of physical abuse. They are handled round after round, swing after swing - often times season after season. They are exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun; intense heat in the trunk of the car; ozone from the atmosphere; and dirt, oil and perspiration from human skin. In most cases they are seldom washed or cared for in any way. Grips are meant to last, but they are not made of steel. They are made of much softer materials developed specifically to feel resilient and tacky. That's why any grip will wear or deteriorate with age and usage. You can prolong the life of your grips with regular cleaning. Most grips can be cleaned with a mild dishwashing detergent. For rubber grips (including cord) a soft abrasive pad or brush may be used. For non-buffed grips like the Softie a washcloth should be used instead of an abrasive pad or brush. In either case, after scrubbing, the grip should be thoroughly rinsed in warm water to remove all remaining soap residue. The grip then may be air or towel dried.

Can fresh grips really improve my game?

By themselves, fresh grips can only allow you to approach your potential as a golfer. They can't overcome a bad swing, or poor alignment, or any of the other faults that bedevil even the best golfers. However, a national survey of golfers showed that 66% of those who had clubs re-gripped showed an average drop of three to four strokes per round!

How do I know the proper size grip?

Grip size can be a critical element in club fitting and performance. While standard size grips are adequate for the vast majority of golfers, many players can benefit from oversize or undersize grips. Conventional wisdom holds that a proper size grip permits the fingers in a golfers top hand to barely touch the palm. Unfortunately this rule of thumb does not address many other grip and swing issues, and the only sure-fire way to learn proper grip size is to seek the advice of a PGA golf professional or professional club-builder, who can make a recommendation based on your personal hand size, swing technique, and shot pattern.

Here are some general size guides based on your glove size:

In the past, golf grips came in only a few sizes. Any size not offered had to be achieved through build-up tape. Now, grips are made in a wide variety of sizes: junior, undersize, standard, midsize, and jumbo.

The following measurements detail differences in grip outside diameter with one wrap of two-sided tape.
Undersize: 1/64 of an inch smaller than Standard.
Midsize: 1/16 of an inch larger than Standard.
Jumbo: 1/8 of an inch larger than Standard.

Do putter grips matter?

Putter grips are the most touched, most used, and most overlooked piece of equipment in the bag. Because putter grips are used once, twice, and unfortunately sometimes three or four times per green, they deserve far more attention and care than they typically get. Putting is the key to scoring, and good putting requires confidence. That's why you need to select a putter size, shape, and material that perform best for you. And once you've made your selection, you need to clean the putter grip just as you do all other grips in the bag, to maintain that original tacky feel. Nothing is more individualistic than putting, so look for the putter grip that suits your personal preference, and helps you take the dreaded 3-putt out of your repertoire.