Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Grips Buyer's Guide 2007
Despite all the technology in the clubhead and shaft, it's the grip that's really come a long way.Can You Handle It?
Grips have certainly come a long way. In fact, the new grips for ‘07 are more colorful and more functional than ever, thanks mostly to a handful of new material innovations that double as a fashion statement and a competitive advantage. Several models include multi-density rubbers and polymers that lend comfort, strength and tackiness where it’s needed most. Also, they’ve gotten a lot more durable and hold up better in the rain. Check out what’s new, and don’t hesitate when it comes time to put them on all your clubs. It’s a must-do every season.
|Avon Pro D2x |
Most golf instructors believe the upper hand should dominate the golf swing, and the lower hand is essentially just hanging on for the ride. So does Avon, which designed its new Pro D2x to lend firm support on the top region of the grip, while lending a soft grip for the lower hand to prevent it from interfering too much with the swing. Ridges and channels make the Pro D2x a solid all-weather option, and the oversize model is great for those who require a more secure grip.
What We Like: The upper region is available with or without cords to accommodate just about everyone.
Material: Dual-mold compound
Design: Ribbed velvet
Size: Standard, Jumbo
Weight: 51g, 60g (Jumbo)
|Avon Tour MTx4 |
Don’t expect an Avon saleswoman to come to your door selling golf grips anytime soon. The Kingwood, Texas, company specializes in making great-feeling grips, not cosmetics. Their new offering, the MTx4, features enhanced micro-traction that eliminates clubhead twisting, while improving overall traction for a more relaxed, comfortable hold of your golf club. Hand alignment arrows help you hold your hands the same way every time you grip the club.
What We Like: The MTx4 doesn’t just feel great, but it also really helped us keep our hands on the club through the entire swing.
Material: Micro-texture material
Size: Standard, ladies
Weight: 55 Grams
|Compgrip MF5 |
Ultra-durable, ultra-absorbing, these synthetic leather grips are designed for all golfers, but with special emphasis on the serious player. Created with a Special Durable Polymer Formula and Micro Fiber Technology, the MF5 grip uses a microfiber composite sheet layer that pulls moisture from the outer polymer layer, then stores the moisture in the composite sheet layer to be evaporated out later. Pretty cool, huh?
What We Like: Its snappy weave-like look and excellent moisture absorbing qualities make it a practical and aesthetic slam dunk. If you haven’t tried a compgrip, you should.
Material: Microfiber polymer
Design: Scottish Dry Series, X-Cross Series
Size: Standard and Oversize
|Golf Pride Dual Durometer |
Golf Pride’s Dual Durometer has been one of the most popular over the last two seasons, thanks to its ingenious designs and cord and non-cord models with the velvety feel. But golfers aren’t the only ones taking notice. The Arthritis Foundation has bestowed upon the Dual Durometer grips (along with Golf Pride’s Whisper models) their Ease of Use commendation for their ability to minimize the painful effects on joints while swinging a golf club. The secret lies in the design, where two layers of synthetic rubber combine for gripping traction and comfort. The inner layer stabilizes the hands, while the outer layer provides excellent traction and a soft feel. The corded version is an excellent choice for golfers who play in wet conditions and prefer a slightly firmer feel with or without a glove. Dual Durometer Lite and Dual Durometer Putter models are also available.
What We Like: The feel of the corded grip is unlike any corded grip Golf Pride has made—we mean that in a very good way. Any golfer who likes the extra grip of cord will find the Dual Durometer a good option.
Material: Thermoset rubber
Design: Corded velvet, Velvet
Size: Standard, Midsize, Undersize, Putter
|Golf Pride DD2 |
As golf styles continue to mature and draw on bright colors in shafts, clothing and even hair color, it’s only fitting that grips reflect the trend. Golf Pride’s new DD2 grips feature an almost animalistic pattern to create a visual thumb-placement guide. Of course, looks aren’t everything, that’s why Golf Pride has taken considerable steps to create a grip that’s built with a firm core for stability and a soft exterior for superior comfort and control.
What We Like: Feels great when we hold it, and it’s stable when we make a swing. Also, we’re suckers for anything that shakes up the status quo.
Design: Two-Layer Rubber
Size: Standard Men’s
|Golf Pride New Decade MultiCompound |
Every golfer is familiar with Golf Pride grips, as they’ve been around seemingly since the beginning of time. The common belief that Golf Pride offers only traditional grip styles will soon be put to rest by the New Decade MultiCompound model. This innovative grip features a combination design with a velvet-cord section in the upper portion of the grip for firm, all-weather control. The lower portion is made of soft rubber to provide optimal comfort and feel. It’s a superb model for golfers who want the best of both worlds.
What We Like: The combination makes the NDMC as modern as a grip can get.
Design: Velvet (upper cord)
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