When choosing the right pair of gymnastics grips for your gymnast, first decide if you need Basic Palm Grips or Dowel Grips. Palm Grips – These grips primarily provide basic protection for the palm of the hand. They are intended for beginner (mostly non-competitive) gymnasts or for athletes just training pull-ups and/or basic swings. Dowel Grips – These grips are typically for competitive gymnasts that are swinging at least bar height (horizontal). If you need gymnastics grips with a dowel, choose either Uneven Bar Grips (for girls), High Bar Grips (for guys), or Ring Grips (for guys).