Oversized grips: A growing attraction
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
One of the trends of modern golf is the proliferation of midsize and jumbo grips, which comprise the oversized category.
Midsize generally refers to a grip that is one-sixteenth-inch oversized; jumbo means one-eighth-inch oversized.
To avid players, the difference between a standard grip and a jumbo grip can feel like the difference between a pencil and a baseball bat.
Likewise, the size of a grip can have an enormous effect on how a golfer swings and performs. So which golfers are candidates for oversized grips?
- Golfers with large hands
- Golfers with arthritis and other disabling conditions
- Golfers who continually pull or hook shots
- Golfers who want to grip down on their clubs without feeling as if the grip becomes too thin
“These modern oversized grips . . .are very good at absorbing shock, too,” said Mark Timms, owner of Cool Clubs, a custom clubmaking shop in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We have a lot of customers looking for that shock absorption.”
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Winn WinnLite Soft Oversize
The skinny: Winn, which has developed a loyal following for its putter grips, is intent on converting more players to the Winn family for iron and wood grips. The WinnLite Oversize is a full one-eighth-inch larger than standard, yet weighs only 36 grams. Jumbo grips typically weigh about 70 grams, so Winn is making a strong statement to the lighter-is-better contingent.
Cost: $8.99 (plus installation)
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Lamkin Performance Plus with 3Gen Midsize
The skinny: 3Gen is a synthetic rubber material developed by Lamkin, but the story here is the shape. The dimensions of the grip, which is one-sixteenth-inch oversized, have been enlarged to fit the upper and lower hands.
Skilled players who like extra tape underneath the grip on the right side will be attracted to this grip, which is white and weighs 67 grams.
Cost: $6 (plus installation)
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Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G Jumbo
The skinny: This new Jumbo is interesting because Golf Pride, the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, has changed the traditional shape.
Gone is the distinct taper. The grip has a slight taper, providing additional grip material for the player who wants to feel more grip in his hands. The golfer who grips down also should like this because it feels pretty much the same at the bottom as it does at the top. The black finish of this Jumbo, which is one-eighth-inch oversized and weighs 73 grams, resembles shiny leather.
Cost: $5 (plus installation)
Available: April 15