Arthritis in Golf
Arthritis sufferers can still regularly play golf but rarely without some form of discomfort. The pain and swelling can make it especially difficult to play golf, more so when it directly affects your hands. But there is a way to combat this and ease the pain on the course.
You may find that oversize grips will help with arthritis, as it offers the chance to apply less pressure when swinging the club. However, this isn’t always the most sensible option as, like most adjustments in golf, it leads to a potentially negative outcome.
Other grip sizes include standard, undersize, midsize and oversized. The best way to identify the best grip size for yourself is to attend a fitting session in which a professional can access your game and educate you on the benefits and drawbacks of each grip type. You may notice a considerable difference by using extra/fewer layers of tape between the grip and shaft. Choosing the correct grip type can have significant effects on lowering your scores.
There are a number of different textures that you can get when it comes to golf grips. However, they are all designed for the same purpose- to prevent the club from slipping out your hands.
Rubber grips are a very popular grip and could be a great material for arthritic hands as they provide a decent combination of feel and stability. Another common grip type is a corded grip, which features a cord of varying material threaded through the grip. Even in hot or wet conditions, these grips will maintain their traction. But, the downside to corded grips is that they are extremely abrasive on the hands which isn’t a great trait to have for players who suffer from arthritis in the hands.