Best Golf Grips 2023

We take a look at some of the best golf grips on the market

Best Golf Grips
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Best Golf Grips

The golf grip is the only thing that remains in contact with your hands throughout the swing. So, if the grip isn't performing well, the chances are that your shots aren't going where you want because your hands might be slipping or the grip may not be suited to your hands. As such we’ve compiled some of the best golf grips on the market right now - all of which look great and perform well in their own ways. 

Of course, it makes sense to understand exactly how to place your hands on the club so following a step-by-step guide to the perfect golf grip (opens in new tab) makes sense. Beyond that ideally, you’ll get custom fitted for every club and your grip will be perfect from day one. But that’s not always the way and when you buy something off the shelf, online or just borrow a club from a friend then the likelihood is that the grip might not be right.

The best golf accessories (opens in new tab) make life on the course easier and getting a new grip can breathe new life into a club. And they can also be colour-coordinated to match your favorite sports team or match your on-course style too. But, of course, there are also clear performance benefits available when using a new grip. So, let's take a look at our picks of some of the best golf grips on the market. And for more buying advice then be sure to check out some of our other guides - like the best golf drivers (opens in new tab) or the best golf irons (opens in new tab)

Best Golf Grips

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We test golf gear with an ethos built upon several key ideals. To start, the products get thorough extensive testing from good club golfers because we believe that's more useful than the opinions of PGA pros or robots.

Our review process consists of us using each product over several rounds and in different conditions to ascertain how each product performs in wet, dry, hot or cold conditions. By using the products in this manner we are able to provide reliable advice and feedback to you on how they perform. In terms of grips, that means using them for practice, range sessions and proper rounds to gauge performance, durability, feel and so on. We would also attempt to use these grips in different conditions to see performance as well. Finally, manufacturers can't pay for a good review – we tell it how we see it.

How to choose the best golf grip

Golf grips come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Modern grips boast a ton of technology that can help improve your grip and feel on the club, allowing you to make a better connection with the golf ball. So how do you know which golf club grip is right for you? Well, there are several things you need to keep in mind when buying a new set of grips to make sure you get the right product for your needs. For that reason, we've set out a list of key considerations that you need to bear in mind when purchasing your next set of golf grips. 

1. Size

First things first, you need to have an idea of how big your hands are and do some research on what the ideal corresponding grip size would be. Additionally, lots of grips come in different shapes ,too, so get your hands on some different models and see how they feel, especially with some of the newer and more unique putter grips out there. 

2. Feel

Feel is arguably the most important factor when it comes to grips because your hands will be touching the grip throughout the golf swing. Therefore think about what you like your grips to feel like. Do you like the feel of corded grips or perhaps you want a softer feeling model, a more velvet kind of touch on your hands? Or, do you want the best of both of those worlds? Getting your hands on some grips to see how they feel is the best way of deciphering which model to go for and which will be the best model for your hands. You can do that by heading down to your local pro shop, where you'll be able to hold and sample a variety of different club grips.

3. Moisture management

Linking with the above point, be aware of how different some grips are and how they deal with sweat and wet weather. This is because some models, like the Golf Pride MCC for example, cope with water very well because they've been designed to, whereas some other models haven't. Also, it is worth considering how often you play in the rain because if you live in the USA and never play in the rain, there is no need to be concerned with this factor. 

4. Color

As we have shown above there are loads of different colors of grips these days so it is simply a case of picking a model you like the look of. For example, if you want to show your team support there is the NCAA College Putter grip or maybe you want a Golf Pride MCC in different colors instead. 

5. Budget

Finally, grips can be expensive so we would recommend being aware of how much you want to spend here. We would always suggest investing a bit more on a grip that is durable and will last a long time rather than going for a cheaper option and having to re-grip the clubs again sooner than you should have to. 

While it is wise to think about replacing your golf club grips as they start to get worn out, you should also think about replacing your clubs too as they get older. For that reason, take a look at our guides on the best golf irons (opens in new tab), the best golf drivers (opens in new tab) and the best golf putters (opens in new tab)

FAQs

How can you make grips last longer?

Grips will naturally wear down from exposure to the elements and play. Golf Pride recommend cleaning your grips throughout the season to remove oils and dirt that have built up. It is also recommended to store your clubs inside as extreme temperatures can prematurely break down the rubber.

When is it time to re-grip your clubs?

Market leader Golf Pride recommend all players re-grip their clubs every year and more for frequent players. The oils on your hands, sweat, dirt, UV rays, temperature changes and other elements can all contribute to grip wear. Worn grips will become firmer and lose their original tackiness and therefore make it harder to square the clubface.

Is a putter grip worth it?

In a word, yes. Definitely. You're going to be playing almost half your shots on the greens and there are so many fantastic and different options to help instil more confidence on the greens. We are all unique in all facets of the game but never more so than how we feel with a putter in our hands and there's nothing better than feeling great and hopeful when standing over a putt.

Mark Townsend
Contributing editor

Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.


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