Tuesday, April 3, 2012
We Tried It: Four New Products, To The Test
Axis1 Umbra putter, KBS Tour iron shafts and Winn’s Dri-Tac and Dri-Tac Wrap Lite grips
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Winn Dri-Tac and Dri-Tac Wrap Lite
An 8-handicap golfer
Winn's new Dri-Tac grip is comfortable and tacky. As anybody who has played with Winn Grips can attest, they look and feel different than other grips. In fact, you could hold one in your hands and know without looking at it that it was a Winn. That familiar feel is the result of the company's use of polymer material, not rubber, which increases the comfort level and tackiness, two key factors, considering your hands are the only part of your body that touch the club. But the Dri-Tac feels even tackier because of Winn's new polymer material they call WinnDry.
In addition to its feel, the Dri-Tac absorbed shock beautifully. Even on mis-hits, the club didn't rattle the way it sometimes does. Look for three different tread configurations on the grip, four different colors and four sizes (ladies, standard, midsized and oversized).
If you prefer an incredibly light wrap grip, try the Dri-Tac Wrap Lite. It too features Winn's new WinnDry polymer material and a contoured spiral wrap design. Winn says it reduces the club's overall weight by up to a whopping 25 grams, and I believe it. My 3-wood never felt so light.
Both grips were designed to improve performance in wet conditions, but the two Dri-Tacs will work beautifully no matter what the weather. (I tested them on a cool, dry day, but during the round, I snuck over to a water fountain and coated them in water. After a quick wipe down, both grips were ready to be played with again. Neither retained any moisture.)
It's like playing golf in the most comfortable waterproof rain gear. You will stay dry, and your swing won't be adversely affected.
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