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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hello, 

 

I am experimenting with different grip sizes because I have always played standard, but some (not all) sizing charts have suggested midsize for me (I wear a large glove, my hand measures 7.75 inches.)

 

Can somebody help me with terminology like "wraps."  Looking through the forum some folks say that to get to midsize, which is standard + 1/16", you add 3 or 4 wraps of tape. But, looking at tables or calculators like at Hireko, for a butt size of .6 and a stander grip with inner core of .6, I would need something like 9 wraps of tape at .0035" to get it to midsize (.962").

 

So why are people saying 3 or 4 wraps? Is there some assumption I am missing? Like it is 3-4 wraps PLUS extra double-sided tape (but what thickness?)

 

Maybe I should just use some calipers.

post #2 of 9

Check out  golfclubshaftreview.com  they have a page on grip size.

When it comes to wraps, most people talk in terms of the double sided grip tape or standard 2" masking tape.

I wear a ML and have 2, 3 or even 4 wraps under a standard grip depending on the butt size of the shaft. If the butt size is .600 I go with 2 wraps, if the but size is .580 I go 3 to 4. It depends on the grip. If you are wearing a large grip I would go with 3 - 4 wraps or see if you can find someone with a midsize grip and see if it feels comfortable. Although, if a grip is too big you may begin to push the ball off to the right a little.

At the end of the day, what feels good is good.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. And thank you for the link.

 

I have the 2" masking tape but I am still confused how 3 wraps of that with a standard grip gets it to midsize, when the hireko calculator says it would take 9 wraps to get to the .96"

post #4 of 9

If you can 9 wraps of tape under a grip then good luck, 6 wraps is the most I ever fitted and that was for a giant of a man. Again, depending on butt size, 4 to 5 wraps will get you to midsize. 9 wraps without the grip maybe! Too many wraps will make the butt end of the grip feel weird. If you are trying to build to midsize or a fraction, the go to midsize and have them put on with only an inch of tape covering the butt end and have the grip stretched down a little but make sure whoever is fitting them knows what they are doing or your grips could end up in a big fat mess!

good luck

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Is a "wrap" exactly like it sounds? One layer of tape that goes around the shaft = a wrap?

 

Maybe my tape is too thin....it's 3m scotch blue painter's masking tape.

post #6 of 9

The blue 3M stuff is fine but just not as sticky as normal masking tape. 2" tape is what you want. For example, 4 wraps would be 3 of the masking tape on the shaft and the 4th would be your grip tape over the 3. You can use 4 wraps of grip tape but this would just be more expensive if you are fitting yourself. Most club fitters shouldn't charge you for the extra wraps unless you start asking for too many.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply.  I think that is my issue: there is not a universal thickness for grip tape, masking tape, etc., so a "wrap" can really be any number of thickness.

 

It makes some things, like the chart at golfclubshaftreview.com difficult to use because it will say "standard grip +3 wraps"....but doesn't say how thick a wrap is!

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by manrubium View Post

Hello, 

 

I am experimenting with different grip sizes because I have always played standard, but some (not all) sizing charts have suggested midsize for me (I wear a large glove, my hand measures 7.75 inches.)

 

Can somebody help me with terminology like "wraps."  Looking through the forum some folks say that to get to midsize, which is standard + 1/16", you add 3 or 4 wraps of tape. But, looking at tables or calculators like at Hireko, for a butt size of .6 and a stander grip with inner core of .6, I would need something like 9 wraps of tape at .0035" to get it to midsize (.962").

 

So why are people saying 3 or 4 wraps? Is there some assumption I am missing? Like it is 3-4 wraps PLUS extra double-sided tape (but what thickness?)

 

Maybe I should just use some calipers.

There is no set example of how big or small your grips should be.  I simply go with the grip that I can squeeze the hardest.  It is very evident to me when I use this method which grip size I need.  I know that Jumbo grips are too big in my top hand but perfect in my bottom hand. Midsize grips are perfect in my top hand but too small in my bottom hand so I get midsize grips and buildup the bottom hand which reduces the taper of the grip and provides me much better grip pressure.  The penalty for me for playing incorrect grips was to regrip the club during the swing because it just didn't feel right in my hands.  My advice is find your own personal feel that you prefer. 

post #9 of 9

I'm small handed, i use size S gloves. i play with standard sized golf pride Niion's with just 1 tape. I think it matters what tape you use also, as you can tell i just re griped my irons and my mizuno's had a thinner tape than my Taylormade wedges.

I do all re gripping myself btw!

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