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A place I got some of my clubs fitted at offered to regroup my irons for free if I order the grips myself. Despite my best effort, I messed up ordering replacements. I somehow manage to order mid size grips. Now the regular grips are on back order. I looked at the recommended measurements and my hands fit the mid size, but I am still skeptical of something new. What are the pros and cons of a midsize grip?

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Really not many cons that I can think of, I moved to midsize a few years back and the clubs just felt more comfortable to me. Also feels like I don't need as firm a grip, which frees up tension in my wrists and forearms. 

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I’ve gone skinnier with my last set of grips: I find it easier to close the face than with midsize grips. Hard to say how much influence the grips vs swing changes have had, but my anecdotal evidence is that I fade less with skinnier grips.

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9 hours ago, Riverboat said:

A thinner grip should encourage active hands, so that makes sense. I like the thicker grips because I can use a lighter grip pressure. Plus, since I fight a hook, being less handsy helps me.

Just to present the opposite side - I wear a medium glove and have gone to undersize grips this year. Now, with larger butt diameter graphite shafts they turn out close to the old "standard" at .900.

I never felt like I could grip the club securely enough with larger grips which lead to tension. The smaller grips fit my hands better and just feel better.

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Oddly, grip size never came up during my two fitting sessions at two different fitters.  If memory serves they just asked what size I'm playing or looked at my current grips.  It wasn't until at a Srixon Demo that the fitter noticed my grip/finger wrap and asked why I play standard size. He switched me to a midsize and showed me the difference; that is that my finger wrap was more "correct" to what's considered optimum on the midsize.  His feeling was that playing an undersized grip tends to result in excessive grip pressure. They did feel good and I didn't really notice any gain or loss is hitting performance, so I chose the GP Align mid-size on the new set of ZX5's. 

Now, when I grip a standard size, it definitely feels small. Depending on glove mfg., I wear a M/L or L, which, by most fit charts has me squarely on the fence between standard and mid-size.  This is the same issue with most swing-speed and carry distance charts as it relates to shaft flex. It makes choosing the best one a challenge and pretty much dictates that I need to test both options to ferret out whatever subtle differences there are.

Most pro shops have "grip display stands" (stub shafts with grips installed) and even demo clubs with standard and midsize grips -- you would be wise to try each and see how they feel.

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20 hours ago, russtopherb said:

Really not many cons that I can think of, I moved to midsize a few years back and the clubs just felt more comfortable to me. Also feels like I don't need as firm a grip, which frees up tension in my wrists and forearms. 

+1. I moved from standard with extra wraps to midsize a couple years ago, and I will never go back - wish I'd done it long ago. I wear a standard large glove. They feel a lot better, and standard grips feel very strange now. OP: Grips are relatively cheap and easy to replace, I'd try them out since you measure in the range for them. Just feeling them in a store for a few seconds isn't a valid test, you have to play with them for a while to decide which is more comfortable. You might be pleasantly surprised like me and a few others here...

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Grip size is definitely a personal preference item IMO no matter which grip size a person uses. For reference, I wear an XL glove and am using midsize grips with no extra wraps. I decided to give the midsize a try after I felt that my left index finger and right pinky were pinched while interlocking the grip. I had a midsize installed on a 55° wedge and played a few rounds with it in order to give the grip a fair shakedown. After that I had all of my clubs switched over and was pleased that the little adjustment was much more comfortable. 

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There's no one size fits all here answer. Grips are very personal. Alot of it is based on your hand size. Some if it is based on the action on the ball where someone who battles the left miss might like a larger grip. Theres many, many, valid reasons why one player might prefer a smaller or larger grip.

That being said, in my opinion, the explosion in midsize offerings is because a decent percentage of people grip the club incorrectly and a larger grip feels more comfortable and natural. For someone that runs the grip more through the palm of the hands and less through the fingers a standard grips feels too small. A larger grip is easier to hold with less pressure and feels better. I'd rather see the root of the problem addressed and the grip fixed, but if you are going to hold the club that way you probably do play better with midsize or +4 grips. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, scooterhd2 said:

There's no one size fits all here answer. Grips are very personal. Alot of it is based on your hand size. Some if it is based on the action on the ball where someone who battles the left miss might like a larger grip. Theres many, many, valid reasons why one player might prefer a smaller or larger grip.

That being said, in my opinion, the explosion in midsize offerings is because a decent percentage of people grip the club incorrectly and a larger grip feels more comfortable and natural. For someone that runs the grip more through the palm of the hands and less through the fingers a standard grips feels too small. A larger grip is easier to hold with less pressure and feels better. I'd rather see the root of the problem addressed and the grip fixed, but if you are going to hold the club that way you probably do play better with midsize or +4 grips. 

 

 

Agree 100%: once I fixed my grip, my old midsize grips (+2 wraps) felt ridiculous. 

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3 hours ago, Riverboat said:

Correctly? Or do you mean traditionally? Or maybe even old fashioned? Many great players and even teachers today would disagree with your assessment of what constitutes a "correct grip" (Bryson DeChambeau comes immediately to mind). They would tell you that having it a little more in the palms (or a lot more in Bryson's case) gives a little more control at high speeds and keeps the face more effortlessly square throughout the swing. Not saying your way is incorrect, just that your assertion of only one correct way is flawed. There's more than one way to play this game effectively.

As I said, grips are very personal. I do not believe their is a singular correct grip, as so much has do with swing matchups, hand size, comfort, swing intentions, etc. Ultimately, the correct grip is the one that helps you play your best golf. Then its no surprise that you will always find good players that are outliers like Bryson or a 10 finger player like Tommy Gainey. You are right that there is more than one way to play this game effectively. Thats exactly what I alluded to in the paragraph that you did not quote. 

 

 

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Went to GolfPride midsize grips on all my clubs many years ago, including their putter grips in the most recent years.  I wear Large FJ/Titleist gloves and like them tight (1/4 rule when buying new ones) due to big hands and the midsize feel natural.   

 

That baseball grip that Tommy Two Gloves uses is a powerful swing.  He would stand on our driving range and hit drives on our number one green with a high degree of accuracy.  He could hit long straight drives.  Too bad he did not have better luck on the tour.   

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On 5/20/2022 at 2:45 PM, Bobby Centlivre said:

A place I got some of my clubs fitted at offered to regroup my irons for free if I order the grips myself. Despite my best effort, I messed up ordering replacements. I somehow manage to order mid size grips. Now the regular grips are on back order. I looked at the recommended measurements and my hands fit the mid size, but I am still skeptical of something new. What are the pros and cons of a midsize grip?

I wear a medium cadet size glove, I like oversize grips because I have arthritis in my hands and can hold onto the club better but even before I always liked 1 extra wrap on the lower hand.

wear a medium cadet size glove, I like oversize grips because I have arthritis in my hands and can hold onto the club better but even before I always liked 1 extra wrap on the lower hand.

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On 5/20/2022 at 5:02 PM, Micah T said:

I’ve gone skinnier with my last set of grips: I find it easier to close the face than with midsize grips. Hard to say how much influence the grips vs swing changes have had, but my anecdotal evidence is that I fade less with skinnier grips.

and what you stated is the plus. Thicker grips "minimize" hand action

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1 hour ago, Golfnut0226 said:

I wear a medium cadet size glove, I like oversize grips because I have arthritis in my hands and can hold onto the club better but even before I always liked 1 extra wrap on the lower hand.

wear a medium cadet size glove, I like oversize grips because I have arthritis in my hands and can hold onto the club better but even before I always liked 1 extra wrap on the lower hand.

I have this issue - I use two extra wraps, do you find that midsize really helps the arthritis pain?  

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I use oversize Lamkin Crossline grips on every club except driver, which I use a midsize, and have a SuperStroke 2.0 slim CB on my putter. Arthritis in my hands is one reason, the other reason for the oversize grips is less grip pressure, and then my forearms aren't aching after 9 holes, so much so that I could not play the back 9. I wear a medium glove, sometimes a med-large. Depends on manufacturer of the glove. 

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One thing not mentioned on this thread yet is the difference in grip weights between standard and midsize. Midsize grips are naturally heavier and can result in knocking down the swing weights on clubs a little as you're putting more weight in the grip. I think this is largely irrelevant on the whole but it is worth noting, especially if you think some of your clubs heads already feel a little light in the swing. You can always put lead tape on the head to change the swing weight but it's not hard to add 20 to 30 grams of total club weight between a midsize grip and lead tape. If weight is a concern, I would recommending paying attention to the grip weights if changing to midsize. You may need to switch to a lighter grip like a Winn if grip and swing weights are a concern when switching to midsize. 

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On 5/25/2022 at 8:33 PM, revkev said:

I have this issue - I use two extra wraps, do you find that midsize really helps the arthritis pain?  

some of my clubs I put just 1 extra wrap under the lower hand becuase that is the one I lose grip with. I do notice I have no where near the pain when I am done or when swinging the club. Another consdieration is graphite shafts in your irons to help absorb the impact shock

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I really don't think about swing weight too much. Ping g410 SFT driver came with 12 gram weight. I now have 20 gram, plus stick on weights of about 6 grams. My swing is inconsistent, so I need maximum draw from my driver. I stay in the fairway for the most part. 65 gram shaft, midsize grip, but, thinking of putting on a CB grip. 80 mph swing speed, 65 years old. 

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My club has a lot of girth so I need big grips….oh you were not talking about that 🤪.

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On 5/27/2022 at 10:44 AM, Kansas King said:

One thing not mentioned on this thread yet is the difference in grip weights between standard and midsize. Midsize grips are naturally heavier and can result in knocking down the swing weights on clubs a little as you're putting more weight in the grip. I think this is largely irrelevant on the whole but it is worth noting, especially if you think some of your clubs heads already feel a little light in the swing. You can always put lead tape on the head to change the swing weight but it's not hard to add 20 to 30 grams of total club weight between a midsize grip and lead tape. If weight is a concern, I would recommending paying attention to the grip weights if changing to midsize. You may need to switch to a lighter grip like a Winn if grip and swing weights are a concern when switching to midsize. 

I went to my fitter and had a conversation about this topic. He has been doing my club repair work for more than 10 years. 
 

He did not like the idea of me moving into a mid sized grip because of the reduced swing weight they would bring. Instead he recommended Winn Dry tech LTs with my customary 2 extra wraps. I trust him, most especially his knowledge of my game. So that’s what I’ve gone with. 
 

Have hit sone into the net with them. Will hit the range tomorrow and report back. 

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