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Midsize Vs Standard Golf Grips

midsize vs standard golf grips
midsize vs standard golf grips

When it comes to fitting golf grips, grip size should be the first – and most important – factor to consider.

Playing the proper size grip can help reduce tension and grip pressure, and increase comfort and control. Above all, it’s about confidence – if you know you have a grip that just feels right in your hands, you’ll stand over every shot able to commit fully.

How to choose the right golf grip size

Junior grips are ideal for younger players, and many female players prefer an undersize or standard size grip. Jumbo size grips are ideal for players with larger hands or for players who have arthritis.

Golf Pride offers five grip sizes: Junior, Undersize, Standard, Midsize, and Jumbo. The majority of adult male golfers will fit into one of two sizes: standard or midsize.

Here’s a simple way to get a general idea of what size grip you should be playing:

  • Glove Size: Men’s Small / Women’s Small or Medium
    • Recommended Grip Size: Undersize
  • Glove Size: Men’s Medium or ML / Women’s Large
    • Recommended Grip Size: Standard
  • Glove Size: Men’s Large
    • Recommended Grip Size: Midsize
  • Glove Size: Men’s XL or 2XL
    • Recommended Grip Size: Midsize or Jumbo

You can also measure your hand size if you don’t know your glove size (or don’t wear a glove). Measure from the crease of your wrist (where your hand meets your forearm) to the tip of your middle finger.

There is some overlap between sizes, as many players fit in the range of either a standard or midsize grip – that’s why it’s crucial to feel grips or test different configurations if you’re able to find what works best.

  • Crease to Fingertip: < 5″
    • Recommended Grip Size: Junior
  • Crease to Fingertip: 5″ to 6.5″
    • Recommended Grip Size: Undersize
  • Crease to Fingertip: 6.6″ to 7.5″
    • Recommended Grip Size: Standard
  • Crease to Fingertip: 7.6″ to 9″
    • Recommended Grip Size: Midsize
  • Crease to Fingertip: 9.1″ to 10″
    • Recommended Grip Size: Jumbo

What if I want an “in-between” grip size?

Some golfers find that a standard size grip is too small for their liking, but a midsize grip is too large. That’s where adding extra layers of tape can make a huge difference in getting that grip size perfected.

Building up golf grips with extra layers of tape underneath is extremely popular with Tour players who are particular about their equipment. In many cases, Tour players will add extra wraps of tape only underneath the lower half of the grip, where their trail hand goes, in order to create a reduced taper feel and reduce grip tension.

As a general rule, adding 4 extra layers of tape (in addition to the 1 wrap of double-sided tape needed to adhere the grip to the shaft) will take a grip from an Undersize to Standard, Standard to Midsize, and so on. Be aware that building up grips with extra tape will stretch the rubber and make the grip feel firmer!

Golf Pride also offers certain models with Plus 4 technology. The Plus4 geometry delivers the feel of an additional 4 layers of tape built into the grip; primarily focused on the lower hand area of the grip.

Should I Be Playing Larger Grips?

If you’ve never re-gripped – and still play grips that originally came on your set of clubs – you likely are playing standard size grips. And, if what you read above leads you to believe your grips are small, we wrote recently about the myriad benefits of Midsize or Jumbo grips. Click here to read more.

Shop For Your Grip

Shop through our selection of grips here. You can filter by your size to see which Golf Pride grips would fit you best!