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#1 Wdwfreak

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:33 PM

Iíve recently been having some hand pain issues, not wrist, entirely in the metacarpals (palm) of my left hand. I know this may not be the exact issue but I think going from golf pride multi compounds (very firm) to something softer may help. I have played them for a very long time, over 5 years because I liked the firmer feeling but recently with this pain I think softer may help. Not crazy soft like a dri-tac but somewhere in the middle.

First, has anyone had any pain like this? Did softer grips help at all, if any? I potentially see softness as a bit of a shock absorber for my hands.

Secondly iím thinking of something not super soft but a bit softer, and looking for ideas, I play midsize, right now I have the super stroke s-tech in mind which from reviews sounds a little softer than a tour velvet. And then another idea was the Larkin crossline cord, nice that itís offered in a midsize versus the tour velvet cord. I think it would offfer cord in a softer grip than a z-grip or multi compound.

Thanks for the help, ideas or recommendations!

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:46 PM

I accidentally posted twice my bad, said neither got posted... I hope one can be deleted?

Edited by Wdwfreak, 16 April 2018 - 07:50 PM.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:33 PM

You were correct on this, the grip is not the issue.

Best to consult with a specialist for your hand condition.  Your family Doctor should know which specialist to send you.  Softer grip might ease the pain but won;t be the solution.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 10:34 PM

When I had hand pain I went to Winn Dritac oversized. Softer, larger grip and they helped.  Now I'm back to the Winn's as I have bad elbows and the softer oversized grip definitely helps.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:59 AM

View Postwkuo3, on 16 April 2018 - 08:33 PM, said:

You were correct on this, the grip is not the issue.

Best to consult with a specialist for your hand condition.  Your family Doctor should know which specialist to send you.  Softer grip might ease the pain but won;t be the solution.

A good point but I've consulted and I've been given proper treatment, it's repetitive stress, looking to try to eliminate variables that maybe contributed to it.

If a softer grip can help a bit that sounds good to me.

Edited by Wdwfreak, 17 April 2018 - 01:23 AM.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 05:57 AM

CP2, 2G Tours might help. Also maybe try graphite shafts(Recoils)? Or I have found Nippon shafts dampen vibrations for me. ;)
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 06:09 AM

Add diameter on the grip, i did, i "should" fit standard with 2 layers of BU tape (In the
Middle of std and MID) but i play Jumbo, both for grip size and total weight

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:58 AM

Traditional wrapped leather grips (think Arnie, Jack), are quite firm. However perversely, most of the modern leather Gripmasters and Best Grips, which are prebuilt on rubber underlistings, are very cushioned and feel soft. They are good options for players that like a more cushioned feel in grips.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:49 AM

I also started developing hand pain in my mid-thirties.  Early onset arthritis sucks!

CP2's are known to be one of the softer grips available.
I thought the Avon Chamois Jumbo grips are very soft as well.

In addition to the softer grips - get some Prosoft inserts for the shafts - that will likely help more then the grip change.

https://www.valuegol...g-shaft-inserts


And if that's still not enough, it's time to go to graphite shafts.  That's what I had to do after a few years and it's the one thing that has made the biggest difference.

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 12:04 PM

Pure grips, the non-pro models, are softer than NDMC or cord.  Firmer than Winn, but much more durable.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:01 PM

View PostStuart G., on 18 April 2018 - 05:49 AM, said:

I also started developing hand pain in my mid-thirties.  Early onset arthritis sucks!

CP2's are known to be one of the softer grips available.
I thought the Avon Chamois Jumbo grips are very soft as well.

In addition to the softer grips - get some Prosoft inserts for the shafts - that will likely help more then the grip change.

https://www.valuegol...g-shaft-inserts


And if that's still not enough, it's time to go to graphite shafts.  That's what I had to do after a few years and it's the one thing that has made the biggest difference.

As usual excellent post by Stuart. As a user of pro soft inserts I can attest that they help a ton in reducing vibration. My elbow no longer ever hurts since installing them, and I didn't back off the shafts. Still using C-Taper 130x and New Decade multi compound grips.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:04 PM

I think rest, stretching, and eventually exercise will ultimately provide a longer lasting solution than just switching grips.  You may want to poke around YouTube to look for a quick fix.  Otherwise, I would consult a doctor or physical therapist before the condition worsens.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:35 PM

You may try experimenting with JumboMax grips.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:11 AM

You definitely want to consult a doctor just in case, but here are my 2 cents when I was having hand pain.  I was having hand pain playing last spring and after reading up about it I landed on checking out midsize or oversized grips since I have large hands. Well after trying a few, I landed on CP2 wrap in jumbo.  What a difference the new grips have made over standard, for me anyway.  Now I don’t have to play with a glove and my hands on the 18th tee almost feel the same as they did on the 1st tee.  Very little hand fatigue and absolutely no pain now after 18 holes.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:30 AM

Can't speak to fixing the sore hand problem, but Pure grips are very soft/squishy .. especially the Wraps.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:37 AM

The Super Stroke s-tech you are considering is a very good choice for a softer grip.  I had an extra wedge I donít normally use gripped with that grip to try it out. I like it and will consider it when I regrip my set

Correction:  the grip I put on my club is the Super Stroke Cross Comfort

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:56 AM

As others have said, the prosoft inserts from value golf will help and are easy to install.
Tour velvet are softer than the multi compound grips but for wrist and elbow pain I went with the Winn dri tac.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:20 AM

Howard Jones was suggesting a larger diameter for the grip, either go up in grip size or put more tape built up under your current grip.
Have you ever wonder the obvious in the historical pictures of the golfers started to use bigger grips in their later years ?

Another possibility from repetitive motion is, carpal tunnel syndrome.  Consult a specialist and do the surgery to lessen the pain.  Of course the best suggestion would be to rest the hands until it recovers fully.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:55 AM

View PostWdwfreak, on 17 April 2018 - 12:59 AM, said:

A good point but I've consulted and I've been given proper treatment, it's repetitive stress, looking to try to eliminate variables that maybe contributed to it.

Repetitive stress on what?  Nerves, tendons, joints, ... ?,  And how was the diagnosis confirmed?  

Also, how steep or shallow is your impact?   If it is steep and you take big divots, you might want to work with a pro to shallow that out.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:01 AM

Another thought, quit using mat for range.  It not only cause damage to your hands also your shoulders and back.
If you're a range rat on mat, you will get all sorts of injury.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:14 PM

Like others have stated the solution is likely a  combination of components. A Dr. visit at the top of the list and it sounds as if you have checked that box. Some time to rest and allow for recovery, may not be optimal, but a solution to be considered. A shaft change to a graphite or a steel shaft with a cushion or pro-soft insert. and a Grip change to a larger softer grip. The  Lamkin Comfort Plus is a solid choice. I got a new hybrid shaft and had it gripped with this grip to give it a test try and I am strongly considering having my whole set of clubs re-gripped with that grip, It comes in a standard-plus size is a reduced tapper grip that offers very good feel without sacrificing control. The grip promotes a light grip pressure I have found it very enjoyable to play in my limited time with it.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:36 PM

If you are okay with rubber then I second the GP CP2 Pro recommendation. Really soft and tacky IMO. If you feel like you still want corded grips maybe try the Lamkin UTx?

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 07:43 AM

I switched to jumbo grips a couple of months ago and it seems to help. Currently I am using GP Tour wraps, which are not very cushy but they seem better at most grips about giving me a secure grip without using too much grip pressure. I also just picked up some irons with graphite shafts (Steelfibers) to see if that will make a difference as well. They next step will probably be to see if I can find a grip that offers a bit more shock absorbtion with as good of "grippiness" as the Tour Wraps.
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Posted 20 April 2018 - 02:06 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 19 April 2018 - 08:01 AM, said:

Another thought, quit using mat for range.  The not only cause damage to your hands also your shoulders and back.
If you're a range rat on mat, you will get all sorts of injury.

I hadn't clarified earlier, that's absolutely true and probably why this came on but I'm a pro in Wisconsin and well I have to practice and that's my only option, hopefully going away soon.

Thanks for the suggestions, trying some tour velvets, not crazy soft but softer and I enjoy the logo being down. I'll see if that helps, but it is probably related greatly to the mats. I also have an aggressive high AOA swing with x-stiff KBS C-tapers, the best fit for me but if this doesn't go away that may have to change. For right now hoping grip change + getting off mats will help.

Edited by Wdwfreak, 20 April 2018 - 02:08 PM.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 04:54 PM

View PostWdwfreak, on 20 April 2018 - 02:06 PM, said:

View Postwkuo3, on 19 April 2018 - 08:01 AM, said:

Another thought, quit using mat for range.  The not only cause damage to your hands also your shoulders and back.
If you're a range rat on mat, you will get all sorts of injury.

I hadn't clarified earlier, that's absolutely true and probably why this came on but I'm a pro in Wisconsin and well I have to practice and that's my only option, hopefully going away soon.

Thanks for the suggestions, trying some tour velvets, not crazy soft but softer and I enjoy the logo being down. I'll see if that helps, but it is probably related greatly to the mats. I also have an aggressive high AOA swing with x-stiff KBS C-tapers, the best fit for me but if this doesn't go away that may have to change. For right now hoping grip change + getting off mats will help.

NE is tough, since very seldom golf courses will have a chance to open the grass practice tee.  Maybe a few months at best for the season ?
How about instead of pounding range balls off the mat all year round, find exercise specific to tuning muscles for golf swing during the Winter Months , then actually put the muscle to fine tuning for real golf swing a month prior to the golf season ?

Even the golf greats like Nicklaus will lay off golf for months during the off season, it not only gives your body a break, but also rejuvenate mentally.  Too much of anything will be counter productive.
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 04:58 AM

View PostWdwfreak, on 20 April 2018 - 02:06 PM, said:

I hadn't clarified earlier, that's absolutely true and probably why this came on but I'm a pro in Wisconsin and well I have to practice and that's my only option, hopefully going away soon.

Thanks for the suggestions, trying some tour velvets, not crazy soft but softer and I enjoy the logo being down. I'll see if that helps, but it is probably related greatly to the mats. I also have an aggressive high AOA swing with x-stiff KBS C-tapers, the best fit for me but if this doesn't go away that may have to change. For right now hoping grip change + getting off mats will help.

Ever try the Steelfiber 125's?

Don't forget the Prosoft inserts when you make that grip change.

Also, if you do have to spend a lot of time on mats, you might also want to invest something like a "DivotAction ToGo" mat - a portable hitting surface you can take with you to any range.  It's designed to 'give' a lot more then a normal mat.

http://www.customdes...trade-mats.html

Or the "Truestrike" mats (use a gel insert to help) are also rated pretty good for minimizing damage to the body.  They also have a similar 'portable' sized mat.

https://www.truestri...table-golf-mat/

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 07:41 AM

View PostWdwfreak, on 20 April 2018 - 02:06 PM, said:

View Postwkuo3, on 19 April 2018 - 08:01 AM, said:

Another thought, quit using mat for range.  The not only cause damage to your hands also your shoulders and back.
If you're a range rat on mat, you will get all sorts of injury.

I hadn't clarified earlier, that's absolutely true and probably why this came on but I'm a pro in Wisconsin and well I have to practice and that's my only option, hopefully going away soon.

Thanks for the suggestions, trying some tour velvets, not crazy soft but softer and I enjoy the logo being down. I'll see if that helps, but it is probably related greatly to the mats. I also have an aggressive high AOA swing with x-stiff KBS C-tapers, the best fit for me but if this doesn't go away that may have to change. For right now hoping grip change + getting off mats will help.

If your AOA is steep, heads with a "less digging" leadingedge (blunted) should be considered, yes even a grinding job on those heads you got if you wants to keep them

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:31 AM

Try going the opposite direction with a firmer grip. I found after trial and error my pain was coming from too soft of a grip which required more grip pressure. I went to a firmer grip and the pain is now gone.

Edited by Pekeface68, 24 April 2018 - 07:31 AM.


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