There is, we can state without fear of contradiction, a whole world out there that has never had to consider the question of how much bigger a midsize golf grip is than a standard one.
They scamper along in that world, unplagued by questions of club control on impact, undaunted by the thought of fatal slippage during the backswing, and untroubled by the mechanics of swing and the size of their hands.
We want no truck with such simple souls, for we. Are. Golfers!
Getting a Grip
We’re going to get the grips that give us the best chance of powerful, intended shots, gosh darn it, and we’re going to get the size of the grips right, because we can.
And if we can, we should. If nothing else, getting it right once will stop it from plaguing us forever, because we’ll know we’ve done the work to find out what, when you come right down to it, is what.
Now, by way of admission – and by way of letting some of you get out of class a little early – let’s say this right upfront. Most golfers at most skill levels will never need to know any of the following.
If you’ve tried standard-size grips and you feel they work perfectly for you, you’re dismissed. You should feel free to go join the happy scamperers for the rest of the day.
A Three-Part Problem
If you’re still here, we assume you’ve tried standard-size grips too, and found them… maybe less than ideal. It’s OK, you can admit it here, this is a no-judgment safe space.
If you’ve wanted to try a midsize but always felt too awkward, and also never quite known what you might be getting yourself into – we’re here for you.
Here’s a little validation. Having the wrong size of grip, be it too large or too small, can impede your golf game. Getting the call wrong on grip size can interfere with your ability to keep control of the club through the moment of contact and into the follow-through.
So how do you know which size of grip is right for you? Whether you should stick with a standard, or switch to a midsize?
It’s actually more complicated than you may have imagined. Grip size is not just equivalent to hand size. You also have to factor in swing mechanics, and the overall pattern of your shot-making.
Let’s start by looking at hand size though, as it will give us our first important variable.
The Size of Your Grip, Not the Content of Your Character
There are only a handful (It was there, we had to use it!) of grip sizes to choose from, but unless you’ve been told, you won’t know which is which and what the increments and differences are.
What’s the standard size, the one everybody tries at least once in the hope of fitting in?
It’s the one that fits golfers with hands measuring between 7-8.75 inches from the crease of the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. Give your grip the finger today, and if it measures anywhere between these two boundary lines, congratulations! You’re standard.
There is what’s somewhat cruelly called an “undersize” grip (which is also the entry-point for junior golfers. If your hands are anything under 7 inches, this is for you.
Feel free to think of it as the “Just right, thank you very much” size if you like. In point of fact, it’s only 1/64th inch smaller than the standard grip, which might initially make you wonder what on earth is the damn point.
Again, there’s the point that getting the grip size even slightly wrong, too big or too small, can affect your game.
Given the title of the page, this is probably the golden nugget of information that might change your golfing life a little, but midsize, as opposed to standard, is for hands measuring between 8.25 inches and 9.25 inches. The grip is all of 1/16-inch larger than standard.
As you’ll see, there’s a good reason why people get confused between the two – their hand measurements overlap.
Grips for people whose hands measure more than 9.25 inches are as unflatteringly named as those with smaller than standard hands. “Jumbo grips,” are a full 1/8-inch larger than standard grips.
Hands, Measurin’ Hands…
There’s a rough ready reckoner for what size of grip you’ll need, and it’s the size of your golf gloves. If you’re wearing a men’s extra-large, you’re going to need either a midsize or a jumbo. A men’s large or medium glove, and a women’s large, will usually mean you’re happiest in a standard.
If you fit a men’s small, or a women’s medium or small, or for that matter if you’re a junior player, the “undersized” grips are probably your friend.
The Pattern of Your Shots
Remember we said the wrong size of grip could affect your shots? You can work it backward, too. If you feel your club twisting, making you tighten your grip or squeeze at impact to be sure of it – you might be using too tight a grip. Much hooking will ensure – change up a little.
Likewise, if you feel the shot coming loose at the bottom of the swing – it’s not a feeling you’ll mistake – you might be using too large a grip. Consider switching down a size and see if the problem improves.
The Mechanics of Swing
Hot tip: if your swing pattern goes from outside to inside, you may do better to change down a grip size to help straighten out your ball’s flight. Likewise, if you have an inside to outside pattern, going up a grip size will help straighten out your shots.
Bottom line, getting the size of your grip right can make all the difference in the flow of your swing and the quality of your shots.
The difference between a standard grip and a midsize grip is a matter of half an inch here or there, but it can help get you the confidence you need to complete your swing correctly, and work your way to more effective golf.