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Hands Hurt. Do Thicker grips help?


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#1 wrmiller

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:48 PM

Getting back into the game this year, and noticed that my fingers on both hands hurt more now. It's not just after a round of golf, but it does seem more pronounced after a round. I have recently started clenching/unclenching my hands right after I wake up to get them working properly.

Would either thicker or softer grips help with this?

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:58 PM

Get a soft rubber ball, about the size of a racquetball. Squeeze it while watching tv or driving a car.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 01:02 PM

You might want to consider arthritic grips if the issue persists.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:03 PM

View Postxgolfx, on 02 May 2018 - 12:58 PM, said:

Get a soft rubber ball, about the size of a racquetball. Squeeze it while watching tv or driving a car.

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I work out my hands daily. Maybe that's why they hurt all the time? ;)

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:06 PM

View Postscomac2002, on 02 May 2018 - 01:02 PM, said:

You might want to consider arthritic grips if the issue persists.

Thanks. I've seen these, but they are kinda fugly. Doesn't matter though, if they help. Is it the texture, or is it the compound that helps?

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:16 PM

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 12:48 PM, said:

Getting back into the game this year, and noticed that my fingers on both hands hurt more now. It's not just after a round of golf, but it does seem more pronounced after a round. I have recently started clenching/unclenching my hands right after I wake up to get them working properly.

Would either thicker or softer grips help with this?
Could be a sign your gripping club to tight?...being serious, as I have nerve damage and if I put a really firm grip on something like a golf club my hands (actually fingers lock, start moving on their own or lack of movement beyond my control). Donít know other than medical studies showing arthritis/nerve damage

*so I barely hold club, a thicker grip could help if you havenít tried....I have this situation due to injury in neck, and also barely hold onto club, itís not going anywhere, as even the lightest grip pressure should suffice considering handle is tapered, but I grip as tight as needed for club not to fall outta my hands.

Edited by KCCO, 02 May 2018 - 02:21 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:17 PM

I have the same problem. On oversize grips, I add a layer of gorrila tape under the grip tape. Helps alot. I have also stretched cheap regular grips oversize by adding a payer of making tape under the grip tape. So far this has worked well. I agree about the arthritic grips but do think they go well with the velcro straps on my golf shoes....
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:21 PM

View PostKCCO, on 02 May 2018 - 02:16 PM, said:

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 12:48 PM, said:

Getting back into the game this year, and noticed that my fingers on both hands hurt more now. It's not just after a round of golf, but it does seem more pronounced after a round. I have recently started clenching/unclenching my hands right after I wake up to get them working properly.

Would either thicker or softer grips help with this?
Could be a sign your gripping club to tight?...being serious, as I have nerve damage and if I put a really firm grip on something like a golf club my hands (actually fingers lock, start moving on their own or lack of movement beyond my control). Don’t know other than medical studies showing arthritis/nerve damage

Good suggestion, but I don't think that's the problem. I've always had a fairly loose grip on the club. The forefinger and thumb on my right hand don't even touch the grip, even when swinging a driver. Had a teaching pro see that one time and his jaw almost hit the floor. ;)
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:25 PM

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 02:21 PM, said:

View PostKCCO, on 02 May 2018 - 02:16 PM, said:

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 12:48 PM, said:

Getting back into the game this year, and noticed that my fingers on both hands hurt more now. It's not just after a round of golf, but it does seem more pronounced after a round. I have recently started clenching/unclenching my hands right after I wake up to get them working properly.

Would either thicker or softer grips help with this?
Could be a sign your gripping club to tight?...being serious, as I have nerve damage and if I put a really firm grip on something like a golf club my hands (actually fingers lock, start moving on their own or lack of movement beyond my control). Donít know other than medical studies showing arthritis/nerve damage

Good suggestion, but I don't think that's the problem. I've always had a fairly loose grip on the club. The forefinger and thumb on my right hand don't even touch the grip, even when swinging a driver. Had a teaching pro see that one time and his jaw almost hit the floor. ;)
Is it all fingers on both hands or specific? Can differentiate nerve damage from arthritis or carpal tunnel

Good luck, worst comes to worst make the most effortless beautiful swing like the guy in your avatar, and ball just seems to fly....never saw something in person that looked so ďfluidĒ? I donít even know how to explain...he amazes me.

Edited by KCCO, 02 May 2018 - 02:29 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:37 PM

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 02:49 PM

View PostKCCO, on 02 May 2018 - 02:25 PM, said:

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 02:21 PM, said:

View PostKCCO, on 02 May 2018 - 02:16 PM, said:

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 12:48 PM, said:

Getting back into the game this year, and noticed that my fingers on both hands hurt more now. It's not just after a round of golf, but it does seem more pronounced after a round. I have recently started clenching/unclenching my hands right after I wake up to get them working properly.

Would either thicker or softer grips help with this?
Could be a sign your gripping club to tight?...being serious, as I have nerve damage and if I put a really firm grip on something like a golf club my hands (actually fingers lock, start moving on their own or lack of movement beyond my control). Don't know other than medical studies showing arthritis/nerve damage

Good suggestion, but I don't think that's the problem. I've always had a fairly loose grip on the club. The forefinger and thumb on my right hand don't even touch the grip, even when swinging a driver. Had a teaching pro see that one time and his jaw almost hit the floor. ;)
Is it all fingers on both hands or specific? Can differentiate nerve damage from arthritis or carpal tunnel

Good luck, worst comes to worst make the most effortless beautiful swing like the guy in your avatar, and ball just seems to fly....never saw something in person that looked so "fluid"? I don't even know how to explain...he amazes me.

It is primarily the first two fingers on each hand, with the third finger on the right hand giving me trouble sometimes. It's been a problem for a few years now, getting slightly worse as time wears on. Probably a combination of getting older and maybe a touch of arthritis. :)

A long time ago, people used to say the same thing about my swing. I'm 6'3" tall, but more muscular and now thicker around the middle than Freddy. I've always loved his swing. :D
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:09 PM

Lots of options available for oversize grips. Winn's are popular although they don't last long. Jumbo Chamois grips were very popular some time back. They featured an inner rib design that helped cushioned the impact shock. 30 years ago I installed a lot of those for old guys. Now I'm one of them.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:25 PM

It's got more to do with age than anything else.

Your best bet is to see a specialist to find out the cause of the pain in your hands.   If it bothers you with or without playing golf and had been going on for several years, then it may well be a sign for early onset of rheumatoid arthritis, let's hope not.

Change of golf grips and pain medication will only ease the symptom temporarily, seek medical help as soon as you could.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:44 PM

I had similar as I gripped to tightly with thin grips- got midsize Plus 2 wraps and all is good again

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:44 PM

Really depends on the root cause. Could be arthritic or strength related. If it's just strength/lack of use, it should go away with time. Lots of good advice above if you're having arthritis-related issues.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:54 PM

View Postwkuo3, on 02 May 2018 - 03:25 PM, said:

It's got more to do with age than anything else.

Your best bet is to see a specialist to find out the cause of the pain in your hands.   If it bothers you with or without playing golf and had been going on for several years, then it may well be a sign for early onset of rheumatoid arthritis, let's hope not.

Change of golf grips and pain medication will only ease the symptom temporarily, seek medical help as soon as you could.

Thank you for the suggestion, but I don't do doctors. They just want me to do drugs, and the only ones I touch are Excedrin, Advil, and single-malt (in moderation of course). And for all that they then charge a boatload of money for their time, while getting kickbacks from big pharma. ;)

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 03:57 PM

View PostPerseveringGolf, on 02 May 2018 - 03:44 PM, said:

I had similar as I gripped to tightly with thin grips- got midsize Plus 2 wraps and all is good again

I'm thinking of some CP2 Pro mid–sized to see how they work. Couldn't hurt. :)
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 04:28 PM

View Postwrmiller, on 02 May 2018 - 02:06 PM, said:

View Postscomac2002, on 02 May 2018 - 01:02 PM, said:

You might want to consider arthritic grips if the issue persists.

Thanks. I've seen these, but they are kinda fugly. Doesn't matter though, if they help. Is it the texture, or is it the compound that helps?

A little bit of both I suspect.  I haven't used them so can't comment.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 06:46 PM

View Postraggal62, on 02 May 2018 - 03:09 PM, said:

Lots of options available for oversize grips. Winn's are popular although they don't last long. Jumbo Chamois grips were very popular some time back. They featured an inner rib design that helped cushioned the impact shock. 30 years ago I installed a lot of those for old guys. Now I'm one of them.

Those Jumbo Chamois grips are nice. I may go to them on all my regular players.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:34 PM

I went to Midsize grips and that helped some. A softer ball for exercise is a good thing to do, but what I have found personally is doing push-ups on every other day(M, W, F) 20 or more in sets of 10 or 5 to start also has helped me. Because of the use of your hands while doing push-ups it does help somewhat. This year my hands hurt more than ever and I have picked up some jumbo grips to try out when my current grips get a little more worn. I found 13 Kelmac Jumbo grips on eBay for under $21 shipped. If I don’t like them but the size helps I can find a better grip down the road. I also take 3 Advil a half hour before beginning my round and as I make the turn another 3 and my hands feel better and also my lower back. I’ll be 57 in June and still split wood by hand and exercise at least 2 days a week. It’s just arthritis and a body that was abused in my younger years and to many car and motorcycle accidents.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:30 PM

If you're going to regrip, consider installing the Pro-Soft shaft inserts at the same time. They do help cut down on vibration, weigh next to nothing, and are relatively inexpensive. They helped me tremendously while I dealt with some tendonitis; other board members have had success with them as well.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:35 PM

I would also suggest trying graphite in irons if you are using steel shafts.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:43 PM

Prosoft or Sensicore inserts. Graphite shafts.

I have early onset rheumatoid arthritis and my hands hurt the entire next day after I play or practice.  Theyíre actually starting to hurt all the time, just not severely enough yet for specialized medicine. Alleve and Tylenol for now.

I use graphite in all my wedges with Sensicores. I practice the most with the wedges..  Deadens the shock.  

I still use steel in the rest of my irons with Sensicores because I just canít find a graphite I like in them.

I hate the bigger grips. That will be a last resort before I quit entirely.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:08 PM

I just reshafted my two primary sets of clubs. Recoils in one, Steelfibers in the other. These should help with the hands and left elbow.

They definately are different than my C-tapers, but I should get used to them. :)

Thanks guys.
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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:34 AM

I did not see this, so I am throwing it out there. I had gout in my hands, when I was younger (20) I was working in a machine shop while attending college. The repetitive motion, and for some reason my body did not mix well for my hands. It was pretty painful. There is medication that controls it, but after about a year it left, and I have never had it in the 20 some odd years since. I thought at the time I had a repetitive motion injury, but the doctor did some blood work, and diagnosed it as gout, apparently more common than people think.


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:48 AM

View Posthnryclay, on 03 May 2018 - 07:34 AM, said:

I did not see this, so I am throwing it out there. I had gout in my hands, when I was younger (20) I was working in a machine shop while attending college. The repetitive motion, and for some reason my body did not mix well for my hands. It was pretty painful. There is medication that controls it, but after about a year it left, and I have never had it in the 20 some odd years since. I thought at the time I had a repetitive motion injury, but the doctor did some blood work, and diagnosed it as gout, apparently more common than people think.

Next time you're having annual physical, have them check the full spectrum of kidney function with your blood test.  Diet and weaken kidney function will flare up the Gout .  I had abused my hands and feet while I was young ( during the Bruce Lee era ), paying the consequences for all the time spent on the sand bags and punching bags now.
Allopurino was helpful , but a change of diet really worked in the long run.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:53 AM

View Posthnryclay, on 03 May 2018 - 07:34 AM, said:

I did not see this, so I am throwing it out there. I had gout in my hands, when I was younger (20) I was working in a machine shop while attending college. The repetitive motion, and for some reason my body did not mix well for my hands. It was pretty painful. There is medication that controls it, but after about a year it left, and I have never had it in the 20 some odd years since. I thought at the time I had a repetitive motion injury, but the doctor did some blood work, and diagnosed it as gout, apparently more common than people think.

Oh yeah.  Iíve had bouts of gout since I was 30.  Big toe.  Ankle. Knee.  Itís been so bad a number of times I canít walk for days.  My knee swelled up the size of a grapefruit once and I had to have it drained with a giant needle.

Itís hard to describe the pain from an acute attack.  Itís like the affected joint is being crushed in a vice and burned with a blow torch at the same time.  Pure misery.

Itís from a build up of Uric acid in the blood that pools and crystallizes in the affected joint like millions of tiny knifes.  Some  people are prone to it. Itís hereditary  as well.  My dad Battled it for many years until he passed.

One very irritating thing about it is you must strictly  control your diet to try and control it without drugs.  No red meat, shellfish, legumes (beans, peas, peanuts). High salt foods. Processed foods. Alcohol is absolutely terrible for it. I quit drinking years ago and watch my diet every day and I still get an attack every couple of years.  Indomethacin for acute attacks and allopurinol for daily use if diet alone isnt enough. If itís a mild attack the maximum dosage of Naproxen sodium helps- Alleve.

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#28 wrmiller

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 10:07 AM

I'd never heard of gout until just now. Wow, sounds painful.

I do not believe I suffer from that though, because there is no swelling in the joints, nor sharp pains. Mostly stiffness/range-of-motion issues and a dull ache that can go on for a while.

I'm going to write this off as abuse/mild arthritis for now. I work in my garage shop almost daily. I have metalworking machines (lathe and mill), and do various projects including building custom 1911s. I also build golf clubs. I was an embedded systems engineer for over 30 years and have to tinker with everything. What can I say. :)

So I'm always working with my hands. Sometimes they just ache more than normal. Today they feel pretty good, but yesterday I was just putting some grips on a few clubs and cleaning up some old 712 CB heads on the buffer.

That and the low pressure system we had come through over the last two days is gone. Going to get back to warm and dry, which helps with all of my achy joints. My wife calls me a large desert lizard and laughs when it gets below 70 degrees out and I'm complaining about the cold. ;)

Thanks again everyone for the help/suggestions. I do appreciate it.
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Titleist 913 D3 8.5
Titleist 915Fd 13.5
Titleist 913h 17
Mizuno MP-18 4-PW
Scratch wedges 50, 55, and 60
Bettinardi mid-shank putter

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Ping G400 9
Ping G30 fw 13
Ping G30 hybrid 19
Ping iBlade 4-PW power spec
Macgregor VIP wedges 51, 56, and 60
Bettinardi mid-shank putter

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 10:47 AM

maybe prosoft inserts from value golf, I think they work.

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 07:41 AM

View Postdcopp7, on 02 May 2018 - 02:37 PM, said:

Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G with R hand build up tape is what u seek

Take care with building up grips under the trail hand.

All shafts taper differently, and can be any number of sizes under the trail hand.  You may have to vary the amount of the tape depending on the shaft you're using.

It's something we don't read much about, but it can make a difficult game that much more so if your grips are sized inconsistently.  It's a real issue in modern sets, with the possibility that the driver, fairways, hybrids and irons all have different makes of shafts.  There are no standards for how a shaft tapers.  A good example is the old Aldila NV.  It's .620 right at the end, but 4 inches down it tapers to .588.  By comparison a True Temper Multi-Step Lite steel is .600 at the end and still .600 4 inches down.  If one were to use the same amount of build up tape under the trail hand on those two shafts you are going to have two very different results.

It was so much easier when the choice was pretty much Dynamic R (or T) or Dynamic S.


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