[What? Why? How?] Are fat grips really that phat?

Fat grips can dramatically change your existing dumbbell and barbell workouts, but do they work?

After Years of Cheating on Tough Reps,
Fat Grips Are Keeping You Faithful

We’ve all been there. You struggle to bring up that last dumbbell curl, and like Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone’s character in Over The Top), you break your wrist like it’s the World Armwrestling Championship, let out a grunt and finally muscle it up.

Although you feel pretty great about dominating that last rep, you’re cheating the intended muscle.

Fat grips keep your fingers, hands and wrist honest, so they cannot help the muscle(s) you’re isolating. They’re like an aggressive, form-obsessed trainer without the screaming.

2 for 1 golfer’s special

Not only do fat grips keep your form honest, they also have two unintended benefits specific to golfers:

1. Increased grip strength
2. Elbow-injury prevention

If the rough from this year’s Ryder Cup at Le Golf National has taught us anything, it’s that you need strong forearms to not only get out of heavy rough, but to also not get hurt doing it. Or, just hit the ball in the fairway.

Grip ‘n’ and rip ‘n’

Your hands are the only contact point you have with the club, but grip strength is either ignored by most golfers or ineffectively trained.

There are tremendous forces that run through your hands and wrists during your swing that expose you to injury, less clubhead speed and less control, especially with weak grip strength.

In the video, I’ll show you how to strengthen your grip with exercises you’re already doing.

The iron claw

Traditional exercises like wrist curls aren’t very effective because you are not using significant weight for strengthening. You’re going to get much stronger lifting heavier weight few times than ripping off 20 reps of light weight – it’s science.

What is also science is that a stronger grip is going to make you play better golf.