Best Golf Grip For Sweaty Hands 2024

Find out what grips you can reply on when things get a bit hot and sweaty

Best Golf Grip For Sweaty Hands
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Best Golf Grip For Sweaty Hands

Whether you are prone to sweating hands or you play a lot of your golf in some hot (or wet) climates, the last thing you want to be worrying about is your grips and whether they’re going to let you down just at the wrong moment. Playing with wet hands can sometimes be a nightmare as it is all too easy to lose the grip on your club, forcing you to miss-hit your shot, or even worse, let go of the club entirely. 

 If you struggle to play golf with wet hands or suffer from sweaty palms, you may want to consider upgrading your current grips by looking at some of the offerings we have listed below. These grips all offer stable, tacky and firm grips on the club. They will give you peace of mind and could even give you a few extra yards. But if you're having issues with gripping your golf club, you may also want to think about checking out some of the best golf gloves for sweaty hands or our guide on the best golf grips.

Best Golf Grip For Sweaty Hands

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How to choose a golf grip

Your grip is one of the most important things to get right when picking out a new golf club or if you're looking to upgrade your current clubs. It acts as the point of contact between you and the club and gives you the traction you need on the club shaft to keep the clubface open through impact. With the wrong grip or one with minimal tackiness, you'll struggle to swing through the ball and keep your shot on line. For that reason, having the right grip on your irons, fairway woods, hybrids and driver can seriously help you play better shots and ultimately take shots off your round.

As there are many different types of grip available, golfers can be overwhelmed by the amount of choice they have when picking the right grip for them. Don't fret, though, as we have set out below a list of things to consider when you're purchasing a new club grip.  

1. Size

The first thing to think about is how big your hands are. You'll want to do some research on what the ideal corresponding grip size would be for your hands. As we explain in our guide on how to get the right grip size for your hands, the wrong grip size can stop your hands from working properly on the club. Different grip manufacturers use different measurements when designing their club grips, with some, like Ping, basing their grip sizes around two key hand measurements. One is the distance between the most prominent wrist crease on your hand to the tip of your middle finger. The other is the length of that longest finger alone. Ultimately the best thing is to take both measurements and pick the club grip that corresponds to that size. 

Different grip manufacturers also design their grips in different shapes too. Generally, golf grips come in three different kinds; round grips, ribbed grips or alignment grips. Most golfers will have played with a round grip before, as they are the most common grip you are likely to find on a golf club. If you're planning on putting your golf grips on yourself, round grips are perhaps the easiest to apply as they require little alignment because their circular shape means they have the same diameter all the way around. 

Ribbed grips, also known as reminder grips, help golfers keep their hands set at the same position each time they grasp the club. They feature an internal ridge or rib that runs along the spine of the shaft, which helps players feel the bottom of the club grip, so they know where to place their hands for each shot. Alignment grips, also known as calibrated grips, are a more comprehensive version of the ribbed grip that provides golfers with a wider, more prominent rib on the grip to help players better locate where to set their hands on the club. Depending on your abilities as a golfer, the shape of the grip can play an essential part in how well you play your shots. 

2. Tackiness

Having a tacky grip on your clubs is another crucial factor that all players should consider when purchasing a new set of irons, fairway wood, hybrid or driver. The better the grip, the more you can relax your hands when holding the club. The better the grip, the more you can relax your hands when holding the club. That can allow golfers to use their shoulders and arms to create a better more controlled and fluid stroke. Golfers are taught to have a relaxed grip on the club, so the tackier the grip, the better as that can improve how you swing through the ball. 

3. Feel 

Similar to when picking the iron or driver that is right for you, you’re going to want to factor in how that club feels on impact. The same goes for when you’re trialing different grips. You’ll want to pick the grip that gives you the best responsivity, control and overall feel as you hit through the ball. Again that is subjective from golfer to golfer. For example, some players like to feel more vibrations coming up the club, while others would prefer that sensation to be dampened. Depending on what works best for you, trying out different types of grip can help you discover the best one for your needs as a golfer. So head down to your local club shop to try out more.

4. Moisture management 

While feel and tackiness are significant factors to consider when picking a golf club grip, moisture management is something that many golfers forget about. Even if you don't get sweaty hands when playing golf, you're not always going to be playing golf in 30º of sunshine. The elements can change quickly on the course and for that reason, getting the grip that provides optimum moisture management will be vital in helping you hit sweeter, longer golf shots. Plus, if you suffer from sweaty hands, it is vital to get a tacky club grip, as even though your hands will be slippy, there is a greater chance of you swinging through the ball with a controlled stroke if your club grip is tacky enough to keep your hands in place. 

5. Style

Style might interestingly be one of the most crucial things to consider when purchasing a new club grip. As golf is primarily a mental game, looking good on the course means feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, then you are inevitably going to be higher in confidence. For example, standing over the ball while holding a club that looks the part, and makes you feel confident, can go a long way in helping you hit more consistent shots and reduce your scores. For that reason, pick a grip that not only feels good but looks good too. 

If you’re currently in the process of re-gripping a variety of clubs, why not check out our guides on the best golf grips for driversbest golf grips and the best putter grips.


How do I choose the right golf grip?

There are several factors to consider when choosing the correct golf grip for you. These include the size, the shape, the tackiness and the moisture-wicking properties of the grip. The only way to get a feel of which is the right golf grip for your game, though, is by trialing various golf grips at your local pro shop. 

Are thicker golf grips better?

That depends on your skill level as a golfer and how you play your shots. For those players looking to improve on their swing, thicker grips can help you eliminate movement in your hands and stop you from pushing or pulling too much in your swing. Thicker grips can generally mitigate hand movement through impact, allowing players to generate a more fluid pendulum stroke. 

What size golf club grip do I need?

Depending on the size of your hands, different golfers will suit various grip sizes. First, you should start by measuring the size of your hand by measuring the distance between the most prominent crease on your hand and your middle finger. Once you have that measurement, you should pick the corresponding grip size

1. Crease to fingertip: 0"-5" - Grip size: Small

2. Crease to fingertip: 5" to 6.5" - Grip size: Undersize

3. Crease to fingertip: 6.6" to 7.5" - Grip size: Small

4. Crease to fingertip: 7.6" to 9" - Grip size: Midsize

5. Crease to fingertip: 9.1" to 10" - Grip size: Large

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Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Cobra LTDxLS (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3/Cuater The Ringer
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