Golf grip size is an often overlooked factor for many golfers when they are getting their clubs fit.
Having the correct grip size can help with accuracy, comfort, and even help alleviate some chronic issues like arthritis.
Once you figure out the right size, check out my other post to learn how to change a golf grip yourself.
Golf Grip Sizing Guide
Choosing the right size grip is part measurement and part getting the right feel. These are some guidelines for choosing the right size to get you started, but there’s nothing wrong with going up or down a size depending on your individual needs.
Golf grip sizes are relatively simple, they come in Junior/Undersized, Standard, Midsize, and Jumbo/Oversize.
All of the grip sizes are based off the standard grip. The undersize or junior grips are 1/64-inch smaller than standard grips. Midsize grips are 1/16-inch larger than standard. Jumbo grips are 1/8-inch larger than standard. While there may be some slight variations between manufacturers, these are relatively standard measurements among the most popular grip companies.
If you need any size in between these measurements, you can add tape underneath the grip to thicken it slightly.
Measuring For The Correct Grip Size
The easiest way to determine the best place to start with grip size is by measuring your hands.
You take the measurement from the crease of your wrist to the tip of your middle finger.
- Undersize/Junior – less than 7 inches
- Standard – 7 inches to 8 3/4 inches
- Midsize – 8 1/4 inches to 9 1/4 inches
- Oversize/Jumbo – longer than 9 1/4 inches
You probably noticed that there is some overlap in the above guidelines. That is because measuring for grip size is not an exact science. Even if you fit right in the middle of one of these measurements, it is always a good idea to try one size smaller and one size larger.
Another way to estimate your ideal grip size is by basing it off of your glove size. This is more of a rough estimate than measuring but it can be helpful if you are in a golf store and can’t find a tape measure. Just try on some golf gloves!
- Men’s Small, Women’s Medium or Small, or Youth Players – Undersized Grip
- Men’s Large or Medium, Women’s Large – Standard Size Grip
- Men’s Extra Large – Jumbo/Oversized Grip
Effects Of Grip Size On Your Shots
Changing your grip size can have some significant effects on your shots. These effects can be used to help fix some common swing faults, but if you are not aware of these effects, you may be hurting your score by having the wrong size grip.
A smaller grip can encourage more active hands during the swing. The usual effect of this is to promote a draw. That sounds great, right? Everyone loves a good draw on their shot, especially with the driver. But if you already tend to play a draw, a smaller grip may end up turning it into the more severe hook, which can be impossible to control.
Most higher handicap golfers tend to have too much hand movement (and frequently it is the wrong kind of hand movement), so generally speaking, having grips that are too small are not a great idea for most. Smaller grips also tend to promote a tighter grip which can have a negative effect on swing speed as well.
Larger grips have the opposite effect, promoting less hand action through the swing. This can promote a fade if you are already swinging well, but can also exaggerate a slice.
Adding to all of this, having a grip size that does not fit your hand well can cause inconsistency. Being consistent is much more important than promoting a draw or fade, so keep that in mind before making any grip size changes.
The caveat to all of this is that it applies mostly to a swing that is already technically sound. Changing the grip size is going to have small effects on a good swing and can be used to fine tune an already repeatable swing. But it will not cure any significant swing faults. It’s always a good idea to consult an instructor to work on more significant swing issues.
Grips For Alleviating Arthritis (Or Other Pain)*
For those of you out there that are dealing with arthritis or other pain related chronic conditions, there are grips out there that can make the game a little less painful. Generally speaking, these grips are on the larger size, softer than most grips, and usually have a tackier surface.
Larger, softer, and tackier grips allow you to keep a hold of the club without exerting as much pressure on the club. Even though these may not be technically the correct size for your measurements, they can relieve some stress on your hands. By allowing you to grip lighter, you are not putting as much pressure on your joints in the hands. Over the course of 18 holes, this slight reduction can make a big difference.
*DISCLAIMER: If you are experiencing any pain or similar symptoms in your hands, you should consult a doctor before engaging in any activity like golf. I am not a doctor. I’m just sharing this information in hopes that I can help some of you enjoy the game a little more.