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problem with sweaty hands/moisture?

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I played this afternoon at about 5:30 on what was one of the hottest and most humid days in this New England summer. It seemed like from the very get go I couldn't get a firm grip on the club. Because of this on my down swing the club slipped a bit (consistently) and rotated to "closed" by impact. This really made for a long day as I consistently battled every shot, especially with the driver, and advice?
post #2 of 23

Re: problem with sweaty hands/moisture?

Do you wear a glove? If not, start wearing a glove. You might even want to carry a few gloves if sweaty hands are that much of an issue, that way when one glove gets wet you can let that one dry and put on a dry one.
Also, try drying your hands and your grips off before each shot with a towel.
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Down here in along the Gulf Coast of Florida we get extreme humid conditions alot. This time of year I have to practice first thing in the morning or else I start sweating so much I absolutely cannot hold onto a club without stopping ever shot to wipe down my grip.

Here's what I do when I play in the high heat/humidity conditions. One, I take my glove off between shots. I know some guys keep it on, but in these conditions you need to keep as much sweat off your glove as possible.

Two, I carry about four gloves in my bag and rotate in a new one every three to six holes. If it is mild humidity I will start with one and then replace it after a few holes. The other one I just hang on my bag and let it dry out. I'll just go back and forth on those two if it isn't bad. If it is very humid I'll work through all four. Oh, and I'll usually warm up with a different one too on the range. Before I did this I would use the same glove and by the end of the round it was soaked. I also found that holes formed very easily in them once they were wet with sweat.

And three, I use a dry towel to wipe down my hands and grips after each shot. If I'm practicing I'll wipe my grips down with a wet towel and then dry towel after using it or else I get a ton of sweat and body oil on the grip. During a round I wipe down my grips after ever shot.


Of course, the nice thing about playing in the heat is that not as many people want to get out and play in the terrible conditions. You get less people on the course! Maybe they are just smarter than I am
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I play in hot and humid conditions all of the time and my hands sweat a bunch. Here is what I do. First, I use three gloves and rotate them each hole. This allows them to dry before putting one on. This one may sound weird, but it works better than anything: carry a cold wet towel. Your hands sweat because they are hot and are trying to cool off. Wipe your hands on the wet towel before you get ready to swing and your hands will cool off enough for the shot. Your hands will be cool and dry and they won't be sweating when you grip the club. If it is warm enough, you shouldn't have to dry your hands, they will dry on their own. Just use a small hand towel or washcloth, get it wet (the colder the better) before you play, and then keep it with you through the round. It doesn't have to be dripping wet, just damp enough to keep some moisture in it. If it starts to dry out, just get it wet again. It also feels better then a dry towel when you wipe your face down to get rid of sweat.
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I was going to post this as well, I have a problem where I constantly sweat no matter what I'm doing. I always have to battle sweaty hands when I golf. I have considered wearing 2 gloves again, but I feel it may alter my grip in some way.

Try that, I find wiping my hand with a towel after every shot doesnt do any good either.
post #6 of 23

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Ever consider trying one of those rain gloves, Dent? I know it sounds crazy, but it just might work.
post #7 of 23

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Does the beverage cart girl have anything to do with it? Be honest.
post #8 of 23

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There's also a substance that some golf shops sell to keep the hands sticky, like a stickum type substance. It comes in a very, very small jar and you only need to apply a little of it and it works great. Also, I've found chord grips to work best in the heat. And as always, bring a couple of gloves with you.



3JACK
post #9 of 23

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In this month's Golf Digest, the have a What's in the Bag with Stewart Cink; he has a bottle of stuff listed there that looks like a spray and is supposed to keep your hands dry. You may want to check that out.
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In baseball, pitchers use a rosin bag. Has anyone ever tried that for golf?
post #11 of 23

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Using your own breath, just blow gently on your hands as this helps to dry them, I do it when sweating and when its raining.
post #12 of 23

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Originally Posted by jwkde View Post
In baseball, pitchers use a rosin bag. Has anyone ever tried that for golf?
I think a rosin bag might also dry your hands out too much and make them slippery. You'd have to be very careful not to use it too much, at least.

I've played in hot weather. I guess having a fast pre-shot routine helps.
post #13 of 23

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Multiple gloves is the only thing that works for me. I sometimes go through three gloves in a round. The rain gloves are a good idea too.
post #14 of 23

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this weekend was extremely muggy in michigan.. i played a 3 round tournament. i rotated about 5 gloves .. wearing each 2 or 3 holes.
post #15 of 23

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I have tried everything that was suggested:

Rosin bags work for a time, but after a while the powder gets on the grips and makes them slick. It's good if you are playing in the rain as it will absorb some of the moisture on the grips. Just be sure to clean the grips before you play again.

The spray stuff only makes your hands sticky but does nothing to reduce the sweat.

Two gloves only makes you sweat more and you go through more gloves.

The best thing I have found is to keep a cold, damp towel with you as I mentioned before. As you approach your ball, wipe your hands with it. By the time you are ready to hit your hands will be bone dry and will not slip. It is easy and doesn't cost a thing.
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Re: problem with sweaty hands/moisture?

Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
Multiple gloves is the only thing that works for me. I sometimes go through three gloves in a round. The rain gloves are a good idea too.
If you use a product called Dry Hands you'll save $$$ on gloves.
post #17 of 23

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golf glove. wrist bands. head band. lots of dry towels. shammy.
post #18 of 23

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we used to use a tacky grip spray (stick 'em) when playing football in highschool. make sure your grips are clean. clean your grips throughout the round.
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