19 Sep Your Fate Lies Within The Palms Of Your Hands
Historically, all the interesting details regarding grips involve color, texture and size. Have you ever considered that changing your grips could change the flex of the shaft or change the face angle of the club at delivery?
It’s true, simply changing your grips to match the color of your college alma mater could alter the weight and flex of your club so drastically that it wouldn’t feel like the same club.
When deciding on a new grip, the single most important factor to consider is the weight of the grip your removing and the weight of the grip you’d like to replace it with. In order to make the correct decision, you must first understand swingweight and how the grip affects it.
Swingweight is a measurement of the balance of the club. It is measured on a fulcrum scale and is given an alpha-numeric designation ranging from A0(lightest)-G9(heaviest). Swingweight can be changed by increasing/decreasing the club head weight, increasing/decreasing the length of the club, increasing/decreasing the weight of the shaft and increasing/decreasing the weight of the grip.
The lighter the grip, the heavier the swingweight will be and vice versa. This can have a positive or negative outcome on how you deliver the club head at impact.
Lets break it down:
You have a 6 iron with a swingweight of d2 with a midsize grip that weighs 60 grams. You saw the new Japanese grip that came out and they have your favorite bright red color. You hit your friend’s clubs last week on the driving range and he had those grips, they felt awesome! You head to the local golf store and have them change them for you. These particular grips weigh 43 grams. Now, the 6 iron that once weighed d2 with the midsize 60 gram grip now weighs d6-7with the 43 gram grip. Just as a reference, PGA tour players on average have clubs that weigh d2-d4. Do you think that your clubs should weigh more than someone that hits their 6 iron 200 yards? Now, not only are your clubs heavier, the shaft has also become more flexible. You have removed weight from the grip end of the club and now the head weight is much heavier relative to the grip weight and therefore put this club out of balance. When you make the clubhead heavier you will make the shaft bend more. This will greatly affect the direction the face is pointing at impact and will cause errant shots.
So, next time you are considering changing your grips, it’s important to find out what your grips weigh and re-grip with grips of the same weight. It could save you valuable shots on the course!