Well, I use a rubberized grip tape made for the xdm design. I'm sure you can find them for a basic xd as well. I like how it improves the grip without being TOO grippy. A lot of people will put skateboard grit tape o configure their competition guns, but I have heard this can be too aggressive for a carry weapon. You might also check out Pachymar (spelling?) grips, they make sleeves you can slip on and off
I have a Pachmayr on my XDM 9. Pretty happy with it but the fingers are a bit "spungy." I like it more than the stock grip and its held up well. Can't go wrong for the price. Think I got mine for less than $15. I want to try a Hogue grip at somepoint as well.
What works best for you is going to depend on your hand size. If your hands are small to average, the thin grip tape will probably work best. If you have large hands or long fingers, the tire tube type grips will help. When I stretch my hand open, it's 8.5" from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my little finger. I use the Pachmyer glove with finger groves on my XD9. Works great.
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