Should You Be Using Oversized Golf Club Grips?

    Once a novelty, oversized putter grips have become the norm among professional and amateur golfers alike.

    But what about the rest of your golf club grips? Are they a one-size-fits-all proposition, or can oversized golf grips improve your ball-striking?

    The short answer: Just like putter grips, the diameter of your golf club grips can have a meaningful impact on your game and there are many benefits of oversized golf grips.

    SuperStroke offers a range of grip sizes, including undersize (1/64” smaller than standard), standard, midsize (1/64” larger) and jumbo golf grips (1/32” larger). You can also have extra tape wrapped underneath the grip to increase the overall diameter.

    So if you’re wondering “Should I use oversized golf grips?”, we’re getting into all the advantages of using larger golf grips, oversize vs. jumbo grips and the best golf grips on irons and other key golf club grips.

    Let’s dig a little deeper into why oversized golf club grips might improve your game…

    Why Oversize Golf Grips Improve Your Game

    Oversized golf grips can help golfers with large hands.

    Oversized grips for golf clubs can help improve your game in several ways, from extra support to easing tension. Here are some of the top benefits of oversized grips.

    Feel and Support of Large Golf Grips

    First of all, golfers with large hands often find an oversize grip more comfortable. And if your clubs feel good in your hands, you’re more likely to hit them well.

    From a more technical standpoint, oversized golf club grips tend to limit hand and wrist action. This can be a very good thing for golfers who get “handsy” and hook the ball, or generally struggle to make solid contact.

    With the extra material of jumbo and oversize golf grips, you may feel fewer vibrations in your hands on impact, so a larger grip might be the right choice if you don’t like this feeling.

    Oversized golf grips can also help if you prefer to fade the ball, or curve it left-to-right for a right-hander.

    And what is the difference between oversize vs. jumbo grips? Oversize golf grips are grips larger than standard sized grips while jumbo golf grips are the largest of oversize golf grips. You can find jumbo grips on irons, putters and more.

    Oversized Golf Grips Ease Tension, Add Power

    There’s another major benefit to larger grips – they can relieve tension in the hands, wrists and arms.

    As any teacher will tell you, tension is an absolute swing wrecker. It can shorten your backswing and prevent you from releasing the club (rolling over the arms and hands) through impact. Reducing tension with oversized grips can boost your power and consistency in one fell swoop, especially when using oversized iron grips.

    Golfers with arthritis or similar challenges sometimes turn to oversized grips for relief. Less squeezing means less stress on joints and tendons.

    If these benefits of oversized golf grips sound familiar, you’ve probably heard a similar story about oversized putter grips. They, too, cut down on hand and wrist movement – key to developing a pendulum-style, arms-and-shoulders stroke.

    Why Oversized Golf Grips Might Not Be for You

    Oversize golf grips are some of the best golf grips for irons.

    While there are plenty of benefits to jumbo golf grips, they’re not for everyone. Naturally, golfers with smallish hands may find oversize grips a bit cumbersome. And if you struggle with a slice or push, a bigger golf grip could actually make the problem worse by inhibiting your release.

    Along those lines, golfers looking to develop a draw (right-to-left shot pattern for right-handed players) will find smaller grips for golf clubs helpful in turning the club over through impact.

    Something else to consider: A grip that’s larger near the bottom than at the top. Usually achieved by adding extra tape underneath the grip’s lower portion, this can relieve pressure in the bottom hand – which can help you hit the ball farther.

    Or, you can try a golf grip with minimal taper from top to bottom. SuperStroke’s Traxion Tour, Traxion Wrap, Cross Comfort and Soft Comfort TC all feature Taper Control Technology to promote even pressure in both hands.

    Still not sure if oversized golf grips are right for you? Usually, it takes a little trial and error to get the perfect fit. Ask your local pro shop for a few demo clubs with different golf grip sizes, including jumbo golf grips and large golf grips, and hit the range. It shouldn’t take too long to figure out what works best.

    Dean Dingman
    Dean Dingman is the Owner and President at SuperStroke

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