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Another new grip from Lamkin is the Mega-Lite 2TEN oversized, lightweight putter grip. “It takes the wrists out of your putting stroke, marrying your hands as one unit without the usual oversized grip drawbacks of being heavy and changing the feel,” says Lamkin. “It’s 40 percent lighter than a standard oversized putter grip, and weighs the same as a standard-sized grip. So you’ll still have great feel and benefit from the oversized grip.”

Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G
Winn’s push for 2010 is its new WinnLite Grip Technology, created by an advanced injection molding process that the company says significantly reduces grip weight to help golfers increase clubhead speed and generate more distance. A lighter grip essentially shifts the club’s balance point downward, which, in this case, increases the launch angle for higher ballflight while enhancing clubhead feel, according to the company. WinnLite grips— available in WinnLiteFirm (featuring V17-PolyCord material), WinnLiteMedium (featuring V17 material) and WinnLiteSoft (featuring V17-Soft material)—weigh as little as 25 grams, which is about half as much as conventional rubber grips.

Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G
“WinnLite Grip Technology is a breakthrough in golf equipment,” says Dr. Ben Huang, president and CEO of Winn Incorporated. “WinnLite grips offer about half the weight of conventional grips. Total weight becomes lighter, swing weight is higher, and the kickpoint of the shaft is moved more toward the head. Golfers can feel and control the head and increase club swing speed, accuracy and distance.” Lightness also is offered in Winn’s new 62-gram JumboLite putter grip that’s made of PCi Triple Line material and patterned to enhance texture and feel.

Golf Pride revamped its one-piece, simulated-wrap Tour Wrap 2G grip for woods and irons this year. “We are excited to refresh and modernize the classic Tour Wrap after 20 strong years in our product line,” says Dan Koehler, director of sales and marketing. “We slightly altered its material (it’s a synthetic rubber) to bring out the more favored characteristics of the grip.” Thus, it’s now more tacky and softer than ever, and combines the look and feel of luxury leather with the durability and performance of high-tack rubber. It’s offered in a range of sizes, including a new Jumbo with a straighter taper that allows consistent grip pressure for smooth, tension-free swings. “There’s a growing segment of golfers seeking comfort,” says Koehler. “A larger, softer and tackier grip like this helps alleviate the pain that a smaller, harder grip might cause. You don’t have to hold this as tightly, so there isn’t as much tension in your hands.”

Why should I consider thick grips?

Most people assume thicker grips are reserved for golfers with either huge or arthritic hands. And while a thicker grip diameter may help those types of golfers, thicker grips can do wonders for those who suffer from overactive hands or those who have a habit of regripping the club at the top of the swing. Some better players tend to put thicker grips on their wedges, as well, to help lessen the hand rotation on delicate, in-between pitch shots. So, if you find yourself occasionally pulling or hooking your shots, especially when it comes to midlength wedge and pitch shots, consider a midsize or even jumbo grip. And remember, even if you don’t like the way it feels, you always can swap it out and go back to what you’re used to.
—Ryan Noll


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