Fitting for the Proper Grips

By Bruce MartinFebruary 27, 2008, 5:00 pm

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With the grip being the only part of the club that we physically are connected with, one must agree, it is a very important factor in fitting. Having a properly fitted grip will assist every golfer in placing their hands consistently on the club each time and help with achieving the proper fundamentals of the swing. A properly fitted grip is also a huge factor for the players confidence level.
 
Lets begin with common grip problems that many amateurs encounter, before we discuss the recommend design advantages that several manufacturers offer.
 
Listed below are a few disadvantages from poorly fitted grips:
 
1) Wrong size
 
Too Large - Grips that are too large will have a tendency for the golfer to delay/reduce release producing shots to the right (right handed golfer) = fades, slices, and pushed shots.
 


 

Too Small - Grips that are too small will have a tendency for the golfer to release early producing shots to the left = draws, hooks, and pulled shots.
 


 

How to test your individual grip size = Take your normal grip with leading hand (Left hand for the right handed golfer). Check to see if your two middle fingers gently touch your heal pad. If there is a space, your grips are too large. If your fingers are digging, your grips are too small.
 


 

Note: Grip size for Mens standard is .900 and Ladies stand is .850. This is measured 2 below the cap / top of the grip. A grip gauge is used for the measurement.
 
2) Grip inconsistency throughout the set
 
With the wide variety of manufacturer brands within a golfers set make-up, I would highly recommend to have all clubs re-gripped with the same grips, except for the putter. Consider that different grips may vary in size, patterns, and material which may have a negative effect on consistency.

3) Grips that are worn out
 
Grips that are ready to be replaced will have the following conditions: (Consider a right handed player)
 
Shiny and slippery = non tacky
Unable to properly clean grip to remove slippery condition
Cracking or splitting
Wear pattern from the left thumb
Wear pattern from right index finger
Wear pattern from heal pad of left hand slipping
 
Note: Certain wear patterns may be due to specific problems that golfers may encounter with incorrect grip positioning. See your local PGA Professional for a diagnosis on your grip wear patterns.
 

Recommended Design Advantages of Specific Grips

 
Ribbed Grips
 
A rib grip is a built up portion designed inside the grip on the underside/lower side as the golfer takes his/her normal grip. I highly recommend this design advantage for the advantages of having control of your face angle and release. I recently picked up an original Bobby Jones 9 iron with a leather grip, and yes it had a rib built into the grip.
 
Most grips installed on clubs prior to the 1990s had ribbed grips. The most popular being the Golf Pride Green Victory.
 

 

As more clubs have been manufactured overseas in China, this type of grip has pretty much been eliminated from stock sets. Why, the process of installing round grips is much faster and less important on perfect grip installation, which equals less time and more profit. The ribbed grip must be precisely installed with the rib on the bottom/under side during installation. I strongly believe that a golfer will feel where the face angle better throughout the swing with the advantages of this technology, as many of my friends on the PGA Tour are adamant about with their grip preferences.
 
Cord Grips
 
Cord grips offer the advantage of absorbing moisture in the hands. Cord is added to the synthetic/rubber batches at the plant. The amount of cord a specific grip has may vary as the batches may be inconsistent and have a little more or less cord. I would recommend hand selecting each grip if you would like a softer cord or harder cord feeling grip. A cord grip is not for everybody. Please see the list below for recommendations.
 
Recommended golfers for cord grips
 
1) Cord grips are great in Southern/hot climates with a lot of humidity.
2) Cord grips are also good for golfers that sweat or perspire easily.
3) Golfers that have built up calluses on their leading hand.
 
Non-recommended golfers for cord grips
 
1)Golfers that have softer hands.
2)Golfers that do not play that often.
3)Golfers with tendonitis and arthritis.
 


 

Grips with patterns
 
Grips with Patterns have become very popular. I highly recommend this technology. Why, patterns offer grip consistency and shows the golfer where to place both hands on the club properly every time.
 


 
Arthritic / Chamois grips
 

The Chamois and oversized grips are great for the golfers with tendonitis and arthritis. The Chamois grip has air bubbles built into the grip to help absorb the shock of impact.
Chamois grips have a tendency to be larger also, which may help with not having to squeeze too much, which may lighten grip pressure.
 


 
Winn Grips
 

Winn is now a major player in the market with their aggressive marketing campaign with Butch, John, and Natalie. The Winn grip is made of a synthetic material similar to tennis racket grips, called elastomer. Lets discuss the advantages/diadvantages of this product. I have hundreds of students that use this product, and the following are my findings.
 
Advantages of Winn grips
 
They are very soft and have a higher level of shock absorption
The softer feel will assist the golfer with a lighter grip pressure
They will help the player with arthritis and tendonitis
They offer a wider variety of colors than any other manufacturer
They are great for putter grips ' I highly recommend this for your putter
 


 

Disadvantages of Winn grips
 
They wear out faster than rubber grips
They are very slippery in the rain and humid conditions
 

 

 

 

 

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.