When choosing the best pair of Gymnastics Grips for your gymnast, first decide if you need Basic Palm Grips or Dowel Grips. This American Gymnast video will hopefully help gymnasts and parents distinguish between these two types of grips.

Palm 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 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).