Sweat, dirt and wear-and-tear wreak havoc on your grips. If you’ve lost tackiness, have them replaced. A grip slipping in your hand as little as 1/8 an inch can send your ball 20 yards off target. Let that sink in for a moment. You can strike the ball perfectly and still miss your target wildly if the club slips just a fraction.
Not sure what grips you should use? A good place to start would be the Lamkin Grips website. The company walks you through a four-step process:
Grip size - Do you want undersize, standard, midsize or oversize? If you’re not sure of your size, there’s a test you can perform with a ruler.
Weather conditions - You know the part of the country in which you play ... Are you playing in mostly dry conditions or do you play in wet and/or humid conditions? If you play without a glove and have sweaty hands, Lamkin suggests you select “wet” conditions.
Surface texture - A lighter surface pattern is smoother, provides more comfort and feels tackier. A heavier surface pattern offers more traction and promotes a slip-free connection with the club.
Material firmness - A softer material is ideal for player's looking for extra comfort. A firmer grip promotes enhanced swing control and provides exceptional torque rigidity; typically preferred by players with a high swing speed.
Answer these four questions and you receive recommendations. There are more than 30 styles from which to select and they come in a plethora of colors, ranging from standard black to pink, purple or lime green.
While you’re at it, consider the grip on your putter. You can shop for those, as well.
|Gripes clean and reactivate grips|
Being from Ohio - with cold, wet springs and hot, humid summers - I need the all-weather performance, so the durable rubber compound should be ideal.
Now that you’ve replaced your grips, keep them looking and feeling like new with a package of Gripes - grip-cleaning wipes. These wipes quickly and easily remove dirt and grime from your grips and reactivate surface tackiness.
I tried Gripes out on my old grips and was pleased with the results. Not sure what the active ingredient is, but the wipes have a scent similar to Windex. One wipe can clean 5-10 grips, but I’d suggest staying on the lower end for best results, especially if the grips are very dirty.
Check out everything at www.lamkingrips.com.