In Appendix II of the Rules of Golf it states ‘… the grip must be circular in cross-section, except that a continuous, straight, slightly raised rib may be incorporated along the full length of the grip…’ I have always used a reminder in my grips and for many years created my own. In the good old days putting binder twine, coat hangers or the like under the rubber ‘underlisting’ before wrapping the grip in leather was the common practice. With today’s technology of removable adjustable shafts, having grips without reminders is essential and there has been a definite trend from grip manufactures in producing far less options in grips with the ‘reminders’ built in. It seems the focus of late in grip options has been more about altering the diameter of the grip in different spots. For me having the reminder in my grips has been a key component in consistently marrying a correct grip to a square clubface… time after time. Once I feel the reminder of my grip in the middle two knuckles of the middle two fingers of my right hand I know the clubface is square to the target… boom! There are still about thirty percent of the tour professionals using reminders in their grips currently and I can’t tell you how pleased I am that there are some new grips sporting even more pronounced reminders about to hit the market this season. If you have ever suffered from a lack of consistency in your ability to square the clubface to the target then try using reminders in your grips and see what happens… you might be happily surprised.
Play well, Dave Lengyel