2013 Buyer’s Guide Grips


THERE'S ONLY ONE GOOD GOLF GRIP
By Dan Martin, PGA

The Fault: Many people believe that there's only one way to grip a golf club, and that the process of gripping the club is unnatural. While it's definitely true that your golf grip will influence your long-term success, there are several styles that are effective in gripping the club–the overlap, the interlock and the baseball grips.

The Fix: Try this natural grip exercise. Simply get yourself into an athletic position and allow your arms to hang in front of you with zero tension. Notice how your palms face inward. Your golf grip is based off this position. From there, move your hands closer to one another so they hold the club naturally. The natural position works with any grip style, be it interlocking, overlapping or baseball. The key, no matter what particular style you use, is for the grip to rest mostly in the fingers with a comfortable grip pressure. Stick with what comes naturally first, then make adjustments if needed.

Grips are officially cool. Once a category that didn't get the credit it deserved, now it seems more golfers are finally paying attention to how important new grips are to their golf games. Again, this year has a slew of new offerings, including a variety of new styles, colors, shapes and materials to choose from.

(Prices for grips vary. See your local golf shop for pricing information.)

Black Widow
Hybrid

Key Feature: The upper portion of the grip features a pebble-like pattern for extra traction, whereas the lower portion of the grip has a wrap-style texture for added feel.
Who It's For: Players who want a firm-feeling grip in the upper hand and the softer feeling of a wrap grip in the lower-hand portion.
<Material: Proprietary rubber
Design: Round, ribbed
Size: Standard
bwgrips.com

Boccieri
Secret Grip

Key Feature: Jack Nicklaus endorses them! That should be enough, right? The secret behind the Secret Grip is that they're counterbalanced, which raises the balance point of the club for better feel through the swing.
Who It's For: Golfers who want an aggressive pattern that wicks away water and perspiration.
Material: Proprietary compound with 17g Tungsten weight in the butt section of the grip.
Design: Velvet
Size: Standard
boccierigolf.com

Champ
C4 Grip

Key Feature: Champ's new in grips for 2013, and the C4 shows they mean business. The added Kevlar and unique textures and guideline patterns lend a tacky and comfortable feel. It's also easy to replicate the ideal grip using the patterns as a guide for precise finger positioning.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a rugged grip that feels great. The added Kevlar adds torque for less twisting.
Material: Rubber, Kevlar
Design: Proprietary pattern
Size: Standard, midsized
champgrips.com


Champ
C6 Grip

Key Feature: The C6 comes in non-, full- or half-cord models, each with the two-tone rubber design for excellent performance in wet conditions. Like the C4, it has Kevlar for greater control.
Who It's For: Folks who want the utmost in control and/or who often play in less than perfect weather.
Material: Rubber, Kevlar
Design: Full-, half- and non-corded velvet
Size: Standard, midsized
champgrips.com

Champ
C8 Grip

Key Feature: The C8 grip is made of a proprietary TPO and Kevlar material for greater torque and a unique, tacky feel. This grip comes in three different variations: Power for added control with longer clubs; Control for feel and control in middle irons; and Feel for the utmost in feel with short irons and wedges.
Who It's For: Those who want a set of grips designed for different types of clubs. These grips feel amazing!
Material: Proprietary TPO, Kevlar
Design: Velvet
Size: Standard, midsized
champgrips.com

Feeltec
Feeltec

Key Feature: The new Feeltec grip has a multilayer, seemless design that promises a comfortable feel, added durability and weather resistance.
Who It's For: Folks who want to try a new grip that we thought was incredibly tacky and great for absorbing shock on off-center hits.
Material: Proprietary multilayer compounds
Design: Seamless
Size: Standard
feeltecgrips.com

Golf Pride
NDMC Whiteout

Key Feature: The über-popular New Decade Multi-Compound Cord is back in white with new colors. The upper region is corded and rugged, and the lower half is softer for more feel. We love the Augusta white-green combo.
Who It's For: Golfers who not only want to use one of golf's most popular grips, but also like to coordinate their grips with their golf outfits (_Ê la Sergio Garcia).
Material: Multicompound
Design: Semi-corded
Size: Standard
golfpride.com

Golf Pride
Niion

Key Feature: The Niion grips use a 3D hexagonal design in key gripping areas for a newer feel and look than, frankly, any Golf Pride grip we've ever seen.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a new-feeling grip that has loads of tackiness and a unique feel. Oh, yeah, and who want to make a statement with some loud colors in their golf grips. Our favorite is the fluorescent yellow.
Material: Proprietary rubber
Design: Textured velvety
Size: Standard
golfpride.com

Golf Pride
Z-Grip Patriot

Key Feature: A deep "Z"-shaped, textured pattern that winds vertically down the grip with strategically placed black pebbled bands. The result is a grip that, although isn't a corded grip, has the feel and performance of one.
Who It's For: Golfers who love the Z-Grip corded model, but who want a softer feel without the cords.
Material: Proprietary rubber
Design: Velvet cord
Size: Standard
golfpride.com


Iomic
Art Grip Series

Key Feature: Using a proprietary elastomer compound called IOMAX that has a unique feel all its own, not only is the Art Grip Series incredibly durable and tacky, but its marbled look is incredibly stylish. If we could describe the feel, we would. You have to try it to know what we mean.
Who It's For: Golfers who want some pizazz in their golf bag and who like the unique firm feel of Iomic grips.
Material: Proprietary IOMAX elastomer
Design: Round
Size: Standard
iomicusa.com

Lamkin
R.E.L. 3GEN

Key Feature: The R.E.L. 3GEN is back in 11 colors, each with the grip's distinct surface texture that provides extra comfort and reduces the amount of grip pressure needed to maintain control throughout the swing. This means the hands can move faster and, you guessed it, longer shots.
Who It's For: Golfers with a rich color palette and who want what we think is Lamkin's best grip.
Material: Proprietary rubber
Design: Velvet
Size: Undersized, standard, midsized, oversized
lamkingrips.com

Lamkin
Crossline ACE 3GEN

Key Feature: A proprietary Advanced Cohesive Elastomer material that delivers exceptional tackiness with a soft feel. The added tackiness means golfers don't need to grip the club as firm, helping to increase hand speed and hit longer shots. There's also a Perma-Wrap ACE 3GEN.
Who It's For: Players who want a lot of tackiness in a really soft-feeling grip.
Material: Advanced Cohesive Elastomer
Design: Velvet
Size: Standard, midsized, oversized
lamkingrips.com

Pure
DTX

Key Feature: Designed in collaboration with Hank Haney, the DTX delivers the feel of a corded grip with Pure's seamless molding and rubber technology. Better players will appreciate the firm feel and responsive texture.
Who It's For: It makes a funny sound when installed using a pneumatic air tool, but the feel and performance is downright awesome. They're money in the rain.
Material: Rubber
Design: Wrap
Size: Standard
puregrips.com

Sharpro
3CAT Grip

Key Feature: The Sharpro 3CAT grip provides the security of a velvet cord and the soft tacky feel of a wrap, all in one. Also, the anti-torsion bars add stability for even better performance on full swing shots.
Who It's For: All golfers, since it's truly a grip that has something in it for everyone–stability, feel, etc.
Material: Multi-material
Design: Hybrid velvet/wrap design
Size: Standard
sharprogrip.com

Superstroke
Fatso 5.0

Key Feature: Weighing in around 90 grams (that's light for its size), the Fatso 5.0 has a new CrossTraction PU material for added feel and tackiness, yet retains the non-tapered design that has made it popular on the PGA Tour.
Who It's For: Golfers who want to put an end to yippy, hand-driven strokes. It's amazing how well it works. It's as though the hands slow down all by themselves.
Material: Multimaterial
Design: Non-tapered
Size: Mega-oversized
superstrokegrip.com


Tacki-Mac
Itomic it2

Key Feature: The negative ions in the it2 grip help calm nerves and the tacky, velvety surface makes this grip a top pick for golfers who want a soft, comfortable hold. Also available in midsized (shown), this grip is durable and a great wet-weather alternative.
Who It's For: Players who need to relax more and, well, who want a great-feeling grip. Simple as that!
Material: Proprietary compound
Design: Velvet
Size: Standard, midsized
tackimac.com

UST Mamiya
Tour PC 360

Key Feature: Using a proprietary blend of natural and synthetic rubber compounds, this grip has a soft feel and enhanced durability. It's also solid in wet weather.
Who It's For: Fans of classic velvet-style grips who want a soft-feeling grip that holds up nicely in wet conditions.
Material: Proprietary compounds
Design: Velvet
Size: Standard, midsized
ustmamiya.com

UST Mamiya
Soft Touch

Key Feature: Do you need a soft grip that's tacky and comfortable? Oh, and that looks cool, too? The Soft Touch uses polyurethane materials for a grip that doesn't require a firm hold to retain correct positioning in the hands.
Who It's For: Golfers who prefer a softer-feeling grip, but who also don't want to skimp on tackiness. Also available in putter, wrap and Lite versions.
Material: Proprietary material
Design: Embossed velvet texture
Size: Undersized, standard, midsized
ustmamiya.com

Winn
Dri-Tec

Key Feature: Designed for incredible tackiness in all conditions, the popular Dri-Tac uses a WinnDry polymer for awesome feel and performance. There's no need for a "death grip" here; a light grip is all you'll need. Trust us.
Who It's For: All player types who want steady performance in all-weather conditions. Also comes in a Dri-Tac Wrap Lite model for golfers who prefer a wrap style and feel.
Material: WinnDry Polymer
Design: Proprietary tread pattern
Size: Standard, Midsized, Oversized, Ladies, Junior
winngrips.com

Winn
DuraTech

Key Feature: An all-new look and feel from Winn, the hybrid DuraTech grip fuses an Elastom ETX rubber compound with the WinnDry XT polymer, resulting in the most unique Winn grip to date. (It's our favorite Winn grip, by the way.)
Who It's For: Golfers who want the best of both worlds, in both hands. The upper hand has no-slip performance while the lower hand has a softer feel for more feel.
Material: Elastom ETX rubber, WinnDry XT polymer
Design: Hybrid velvet
Size: Standard
winngrips.com

Winn
Excel

Key Feature: The classic look and feel Winn is known for. The Excel grip has Winn's classic Excel polymer for cushioned support and vibration dampening.
Who It's For: Golfers who want the ultimate in cushioning and for those who may suffer from arthritis or hand fatigue. If that's you, these grips are a must.
Material: Excel polymer
Design: Wrap
Size: Standard, Midsized, Oversized, Ladies
winngrips.com

Winn
Jumbo Pistal Lite

Key Feature: he Jumbo Pistol is a true oversized grip, designed to help stabilize the hands and help promote a more fluid putting stroke. The flared gun "pistol" handle shape makes it a cinch to grip comfortably. It's also lightweight, so not to alter the feel of the putterhead.
Who It's For: Golfers who need a bigger grip to help smooth out their yippy putting strokes.
Material: WinnLite Technology
Design: Pistol
Size: Jumbo

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