Monday, January 1, 2007
Grips Buyer's Guide 2006
If you quickly and relatively inexpensively want to improve the way your clubs look, feel and perform, try a new grip
|Lamkin Dual Density Torsion Control |
Arguably the most radical and different grip produced in the last 10 years, the Dual Density Torsion Control has a micro screen-like surface texture that’s unlike any other grip. Combined with ridges that help better align grip positions, firm up and support the grip, prevent slippage, and combat rain and perspiration, the DDTC has the makings of a Golf Tips Tech Award frontrunner.
What We Like: The firmer Tour Series, as well as a putter grip that combines the new Laser-Tac surface with a mesh rubber design. If you’re open to something new, this grip is a good option.
Material: Laser-Tac proprietary rubber
Size: Standard, Oversize
Weight: 52g, 64g (Oversize)
|Sharpro PTO |
The new PTO (Pro Tour Only) is a texture-heavy, technologically rich grip from Sharpro. The upper-corded region is firm for support, and the lower region is designed more for comfort and control. Across both ends of the grip are a series of perforations, including a rugged channel designed to wick away water and debris. The design makes the PTO a high-performance model that offers a secure grip in all weather conditions. Three colors denote sizes: pink for ladies, red for standard and blue for midsize.
What We Like: The deep channel wards away water, and the lower region is comfy.
Material: Dual-density rubber
Size: Standard, Midsize, Women’s
The G8 series from Winn Grips are the company’s best-looking and best-performing to date. The unique design of the G8 provides a uniform feel despite the fact that they’re constructed from multiple materials. Winn’s Advanced Integration (AI) technology varies the grip materials in key areas where extra support is needed. This grip is tackier and more durable than previous iterations, and actually absorbs moisture for added tackiness in wet conditions.
What We Like: The ability to vary materials with a uniform grip is what separates the G8 from the rest.
Material: Proprietary synthetic
Design: Vertical Seam velvet
Size: Lady, Standard, Midsize, Oversize, Putter
|Winn V17-AVS Arrow|
Winn’s proprietary, high-performance grip material, V17, is said to provide a firm feel and slip-resistant performance for the life of the grip. The V17 material is combined with the company’s Advanced Vertical Seam (AVS) construction to form the velvet-style Arrow grip. The AVS construction creates but one vertical seam up the back of the grip. This design offers golfers who don’t like the feel of a wrap a solid option in the Winn family of grips. New velvet-like arrow perfs complete this high-tech package. Wrap-style Arrow is also available. Choose between Regular Firm and Extra Firm models.
What We Like: Innovation!
Material: V17 polymer
Grips Take The Hybrid Route
The important thing for recreational golfers to do when choosing a new set of grips is to find the model that best suits their individual needs. Thanks to new technologies there are so many choices available today that’s it’s critical to find out what you like and also what works for your game. Find the material that feels best and suits your playing conditions. Size and firmness are also extremely important. If you have any problems with your hands, such as arthritis, try some softer grips that are tacky but not too firm. Also, regardless of your hand condition, we strongly recommend you see your local PGA professional to find out what size grip is appropriate for you.
At Winn we’ve been focusing on advanced technologies for quite some time and have found that advanced integration is the most significant development so far. As is the case with our Xi7 model, we can now combine different patterns and firmnesses of Polymer to provide what we feel is the ultimate in grip performance. With our patented Polymer material and advanced integration technology, we can provide grips that absorb 65-percent more shock than traditional grips as well as 40-percent more slip resistance. This puts a lot less strain on the hand and arms, while still providing plenty of feedback.
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