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When to Use Oversize Golf Grips?

by
author image Lyle Stefanavich
Lyle Stefanavich started writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in the "Olivet College Echo," "Battle Creek Enquirer," "The South End Newspaper," TellUsDetroit.com, "Warrior Within Magazine," "Dearborn Press and Guide," Dethoops.com, CSTV.com, and UCSHO.com, among other publications. Lyle holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Wayne State University and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration.
When to Use Oversize Golf Grips?
Oversize golf grips help stabilize the club on the putting green. Photo Credit flashfilm/Lifesize/Getty Images

Oversize golf grips have proven useful for golfers looking for added stability, relief from arthritis pain while putting, a cure for the yips -- nervous twitches or unnecessary movements -- or to stop hooking the golf ball. These larger grips have become widely used by golfers of varying abilities over recent years. Oversize grips started as a trend, but have now serve useful purposes for a variety of golfers.

Stabilize Your Grip for Power and Consistency

Oversize golf grips can help stabilize the golf club. If you are fighting inconsistency and want to lessen your hand action, try an oversize grip on a driver, wedge or putter. This gives your hands a different feel and takes some of the smaller muscles out of play. Oversize grips help you to visualize the full swing and the full body movement, not just the hand action needed for power and consistency.

Relive Arthritis Pain

Some golfers suffering from arthritis cannot hold a standard grip without experiencing debilitating hand pain. The PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour includes success stories of players switching to oversize grips and being able to play pain-free. With oversize grips, you are able to grip the club the same way you would with standard grips, but pressure is relieved. This can also be good for players with larger hands or past hand injuries.

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Cure the Yips

For years, golfers have fought the problem of missing short putts or pulling up on chip shots due to the inability to stabilize the club over the ball. Commonly called "yips," tingling or twitching hands and wrists make it difficult to hold the club steady. Oversize grips can help to cure this problem. Not only do the oversize grips create a mental sensation of a different grip feel, they tend to relax the muscles in the hands and upper forearms by relieving some of the tension and pressure. Gripping a larger object has led to smoother putting and chipping strokes, and golfers turn to these grips to relieve some of the stress caused by short putts.

Stop Those Hooks

Snap hooks, and a right-to-left ball flight, are caused primarily by the hands being too active in the golf swing. Oversize grips can be a quick fix for that problem. Oversize grips make it harder for the hands to flip at impact and even harder for them to rotate through naturally. The goal to cure a hook or straighten out a draw is to hit with less right hand and a flat left wrist at impact. Oversize grips make a smooth stroke easier to attain.

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