By Bob Wyatt, USGTF National Coordinator
Most golf grips in today’s modern golf clubs are configured in much the same way they were since the beginning of using steel shafts. Under the top hand, the typical grip is larger than the grip size under the lower hand. This is commonly referred to as tapering.
Many recreational golfers are under the impression that the tapering of a grip is regulated by the USGA. This, in fact, is not the case at all, which brings me to the point of this little tip. Some very well-known, highly-skilled tour players have the grip the same size under both hands with no taper at all. Moe Norman of Canada, considered by many to be the best ballstriker of all time, had large grips and no taper.
If you are one of many golfers who has a tendency to be a bit wristy during your swing, causing control problems, you may be a perfect candidate for a grip of uniform size. This should help calm down the lower hand, since the grip feel will be, at least in theory, a bit more stable. Try this idea out on one club first before investing too much time and money, to make sure this is a wise choice for you. I would recommend experimenting with a 6- or 7-iron. This will give you a good idea as to the value of this change. Give it a couple of days before making your decision one way or the other.