How to Measure Your Grip Size

by Jim Thomas
    Finding the right grips is essential for playing your best.

    Finding the right grips is essential for playing your best.

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    Using the right grips on your golf clubs is as important as finding the best shafts for them. As "Golf Digest" states, "The grip affects how the club feels and even how the ball reacts at impact. ... If you really want to mess up a golfer's game, just give him a grip he is uncomfortable with." There are two traditional ways to measure your grip. One is based on two measurements of your hands. The other correlates glove size to grip size.

    Items you will need

    • Measuring tape or ruler

    Step 1

    Measure the length of your glove hand. The measurement runs from the point at the bottom of your hand where your wrist creases to the end of your longest finger. Call this measurement A.

    Step 2

    Measure from the tip of your longest finger to the crease where the finger meets the palm. Call this measurement B.

    Step 3

    Select a women's standard grip if measurement A is 5 3/4 inches to 6 1/2 inches; a women's oversize grip or a men's undersize grip if measurement A is 6 1/2 inches to 7 inches; and a men's standard grip if measurement A is 7 inches to 7 1/2 inches.

    Step 4

    Choose a "men's + 1/32" oversize grip if measurement A is 7 3/4 inches to 8 1/4 inches; a "men's + 1/16" oversize grip if measurement A is 8 1/2 inches to 9 1/4 inches; and a "men's +1/8" oversize grip if measurement A is longer than 9 1/4 inches.

    Step 5

    Use your golf glove size as a reference point for an alternative method of determining your grip size. One grip manufacturer's website correlates glove size to grip size. For example, an undersize grip is recommended for a woman whose proper golf glove size is medium. A standard or midsize grip is recommended for a man who wears a large glove.

    Tips

    • "The recommended grip size is achieved when the player’s hands are properly placed on the club and the fingertips of the top hand gently touch the base of the thumb," PGA professional Casey Bourque explains on his website. "If the grip size is too small, the fingers will gouge into the base of the thumb and will feel uncomfortable to the player."
    • Major golf equipment manufacturer Titleist explains the position of the hands this way: "For most players, proper size is indicated by the fingers on their left hand slightly touching the palm when the club is gripped."
    • The Titleist website notes that grips are available with "varying wall thicknesses" and that extra layers of tape may be applied underneath the grip to manipulate the size of the grip. "Each layer of tape adds approximately (1/64 inch) to the grip size," the website says.

    Warnings

    • The nomenclature for grip sizes is not universal.

    About the Author

    Jim Thomas has been a freelance writer since 1978. He wrote a book about professional golfers and has written magazine articles about sports, politics, legal issues, travel and business for national and Northwest publications. He received a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Whitman College.

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