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    How much does changing grips actually effect your ball numbers?

    I thought about this last night, and was hoping maybe 2-3 people could try it out.

    I know different grips change swingweight, but does it actually effect your numbers? For example: Say you have 2 drivers one with the stock grip (or other grip) then the exact same shaft/driver with a Tour velvet, Multi-compound, winn, etc. on it. Id like to see if there is any change in the numbers when switching from one to the other. Of course a Launch monitor or simulator would have to be used but I think it would be really cool to see if it changes any of the numbers. Spin, clubhead speed, side spin, Launch angle, etc.

    If someone can try it with
    2 6 irons
    2 drivers
    That would be great. Make sure the grips dont weigh the same amount as the stock or other grip your trying so you can see if it actually changes. Guessing hit about 10-15 balls(make sure to use the same 10-15 balls) with each club then get the averages and compare.
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    That's a really good idea Bridges, I wonder if there is any other effect other than comfort.
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    Would you want the grips to have the same thickness, or different thicknesses? Maybe I can get Mr. Blind 9 to do this and report back. I think he's thinking about changing a grip on a club - but I can't remember which one. Ha ha.

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    That would be very interesting. I just went from Golf Pride dual compound grips on all of my clubs to some Winn Lite Hero grips mainly for feel reasons but it would be interesting to see if there are any differences in the numbers due to the change.
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    I have done this with my driver. I put a Mid-Sized grip on my Burner TP and other than the comfort factor the extra weight in the grip seemed to balance out the club better. I was able to swing harder and still feel in control with the new heavier grip.
    In my Hoofer Vantage
    Driver: Burner TP w/Fujikura 360 Stiff
    3 Wood: Burner TP w/Fujikura 360 Stiff
    2 Hybrid: Rescue TP w/Harrison Impulse Stiff
    3-PW: MP68 w/Dynamic Gold X100
    54 Degree: Vokey w/Dynamic Gold X100
    60 Degree:Vokey w/Dynamic Gold X100
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattyblind9golf View Post
    Would you want the grips to have the same thickness, or different thicknesses? Maybe I can get Mr. Blind 9 to do this and report back. I think he's thinking about changing a grip on a club - but I can't remember which one. Ha ha.
    Ya, same size grips. Guess it would also be interesting to see if there is any changes going from a standard size to midsize to..


    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey719 View Post
    I have done this with my driver. I put a Mid-Sized grip on my Burner TP and other than the comfort factor the extra weight in the grip seemed to balance out the club better. I was able to swing harder and still feel in control with the new heavier grip.
    But did your numbers change? Not really caring about what the weight of the club or if the grip makes it heavier, or a better feel just purely numbers from a Launch monitor or simulator is what im looking for here.
    Driver: Superfast 10.5* w/Miyazaki C. Kua
    3 Wood: SuperFast w/ Miyazaki C. Kua
    3 Hybrid: SuperLaunch Rescue 18*
    Irons: Burner 2.0 (4-PW)
    Wedges: xFT 50, 55 w/ DG Spinners
    Putter: Soon to be White Ice #9

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    I would think no amateur player could be consistent enough to discern any clear differences a grip change could have on ball flight, the variables are just too small.
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    Bridges here's my 2 cents.

    Obviously if you were to switch to a lighter grip like a Winn Lite that should change your numbers but I think it would be on a fairly small scale. I don't know that similar weight grips with just different textures would change anything.

    Another way grips can alter your shot is the size of the grip. I played midsize for quite a while and fight a hook at times. So I built up my midsize to a jumbo and that seems to have helped my hands from rolling over too quickly. Hope this helps a little.
    In my Grom:
    Driver: R9 SuperTri 9.5 w/ Fubuki 63
    Wood: R9 4 Wood
    Hybrids: 2007 Burner 3 & 4 Rescues w/ Proforce V2's
    Irons: R9's w/ KBS Tour shafts 5-Aw
    Wedges: CG 12 55 & 60 degree w/ KBS HiRev (Thanks Bridges)
    Putter: Studio Select Newport Heavy Model
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    I switched from stock Callaway to winn lite on all my clubs (see sig. they haven't changed) last year dropping 30 grams in the process. I'm pretty sure 30 grams is right, it was 58g stock and 27g with the winn lites if I'm remembering correctly. I saw zero difference in ball flight or distance. Makes you wonder about the whole "go liter, go faster, go farther" hype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horton View Post
    I would think no amateur player could be consistent enough to discern any clear differences a grip change could have on ball flight, the variables are just too small.
    Thats my whole point of reasoning behind asking this. To see if a grip change is enough to change numbers for the average golfer. Whether there a 2 handicap or 25 handicap. If we could determine that a grip change only effects swingweight and not numbers/or barley noticeable of the club its one less thing for us to worry about other than trying to get the swingweight close to what it was if we choose so.

    Quote Originally Posted by JRamz View Post
    Bridges here's my 2 cents.

    Obviously if you were to switch to a lighter grip like a Winn Lite that should change your numbers but I think it would be on a fairly small scale. I don't know that similar weight grips with just different textures would change anything.

    Another way grips can alter your shot is the size of the grip. I played midsize for quite a while and fight a hook at times. So I built up my midsize to a jumbo and that seems to have helped my hands from rolling over too quickly. Hope this helps a little.
    To the part in red. Thats what I want to find out though, instead of assuming it will change, I was hoping someone could actually get hard numbers on it.

    To the part in bold. You didnt read the OP very good haha. No not same weight of grips, completely different weights. EX: grip A weigh 30 grams grip B weigh 45 grams.
    Driver: Superfast 10.5* w/Miyazaki C. Kua
    3 Wood: SuperFast w/ Miyazaki C. Kua
    3 Hybrid: SuperLaunch Rescue 18*
    Irons: Burner 2.0 (4-PW)
    Wedges: xFT 50, 55 w/ DG Spinners
    Putter: Soon to be White Ice #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridges View Post
    Ya, same size grips. Guess it would also be interesting to see if there is any changes going from a standard size to midsize to..



    But did your numbers change? Not really caring about what the weight of the club or if the grip makes it heavier, or a better feel just purely numbers from a Launch monitor or simulator is what im looking for here.
    No I didn't have the launch monitor available when I did this sorry.
    In my Hoofer Vantage
    Driver: Burner TP w/Fujikura 360 Stiff
    3 Wood: Burner TP w/Fujikura 360 Stiff
    2 Hybrid: Rescue TP w/Harrison Impulse Stiff
    3-PW: MP68 w/Dynamic Gold X100
    54 Degree: Vokey w/Dynamic Gold X100
    60 Degree:Vokey w/Dynamic Gold X100
    Putter: Studio Select Newport 2
    Ball: Penta
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridges View Post
    Thats my whole point of reasoning behind asking this. To see if a grip change is enough to change numbers for the average golfer. Whether there a 2 handicap or 25 handicap. If we could determine that a grip change only effects swingweight and not numbers/or barley noticeable of the club its one less thing for us to worry about other than trying to get the swingweight close to what it was if we choose so.



    To the part in red. Thats what I want to find out though, instead of assuming it will change, I was hoping someone could actually get hard numbers on it.

    To the part in bold. You didnt read the OP very good haha. No not same weight of grips, completely different weights. EX: grip A weigh 30 grams grip B weigh 45 grams.
    Haha! Sorry I am doing some serious multitasking right now. I don't have a firm numbers which I know thats what you are after but going to a lighter grip should increase club speed and launch angle.
    In my Grom:
    Driver: R9 SuperTri 9.5 w/ Fubuki 63
    Wood: R9 4 Wood
    Hybrids: 2007 Burner 3 & 4 Rescues w/ Proforce V2's
    Irons: R9's w/ KBS Tour shafts 5-Aw
    Wedges: CG 12 55 & 60 degree w/ KBS HiRev (Thanks Bridges)
    Putter: Studio Select Newport Heavy Model
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    Interesting idea, too bad I don't have the ability to test this.

    I may be different for different golfers though. I believe going to a lighter grip makes the swing weight higher and that could be either good or bad depending on the golfer.

    This will be fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukey719 View Post
    I have done this with my driver. I put a Mid-Sized grip on my Burner TP and other than the comfort factor the extra weight in the grip seemed to balance out the club better. I was able to swing harder and still feel in control with the new heavier grip.
    Did the midsize grip change your ball flight or anything? I was asking someomne at Golfsmith the other day about grip size and how it would effect me. I have small hands and a midsize grip feels better. I would like to know if it makes a difference though!
    Driver: 913 D3
    3 Wood: CB5 13*
    Hybos: Trilogy 17 & 21*
    Irons: AMP Cell Pro 4-PW
    Wedges: 54* & 50* Vokey
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRamz View Post
    Bridges here's my 2 cents.

    Obviously if you were to switch to a lighter grip like a Winn Lite that should change your numbers but I think it would be on a fairly small scale. I don't know that similar weight grips with just different textures would change anything.

    Another way grips can alter your shot is the size of the grip. I played midsize for quite a while and fight a hook at times. So I built up my midsize to a jumbo and that seems to have helped my hands from rolling over too quickly. Hope this helps a little.
    This is what I just asked. So a thicker grip would promote a slice/fade?
    Driver: 913 D3
    3 Wood: CB5 13*
    Hybos: Trilogy 17 & 21*
    Irons: AMP Cell Pro 4-PW
    Wedges: 54* & 50* Vokey
    Putter: Newport 2

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