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 grips for the rest of your golf clubs? Are they a one-size-fits-all proposition, or can larger (or even smaller) 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.

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

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

    Key Benefits of Oversized Golf Club Grips

    First of all, golfers with large hands often find a bigger 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.

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

    Oversized Golf Grips Ease Tension, Add Power

    There’s another major benefit to oversized golf club 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 golf grips can boost your power and consistency in one fell swoop.

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

    If these advantages 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 Club Grips Might Not Be for You

    Naturally, golfers with smallish hands may find oversized grips a bit cumbersome. And if you struggle with a slice or push, a bigger 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) will find a smaller grip helps them turn 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 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 club 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 grip sizes 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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