Whoopwhoop here, I was lucky enough to be a tester for the Golf Pride Align grip giveaway Golf Pride did a few weeks ago and decided to do a quick review.
First off, I love trying new equipment so I was delighted to get a grip in the mail. When I entered, I had three choices of Golf Pride's Align line.
One was oversize option, one was the MCC dual compound and the third was their tour velvet. All had this new align grip feature that intrigued me. I've never have tried a dual compound grip before so that's the one I picked.
Once I got it in the mail. I quickly put on some Marley and set up shop in my kitchen (ahh city livin'). I've attached a picture of me putting it on my driver. I have a oldish Callaway Diablo driver that had the stock grip still on it.
Just some notes from testing it on the course:
1) Looks really pretty, though I'm not a huge fan of the white. I'd prefer it in red.
2) The alignment feature, It's supposed to help you align your grip properly every time and a sensation of alignment during the swing. This to me wasn't clear at first because I thought it was visual, but nope, goes on the bottom of the shaft. And that's the last I ever thought of it. Just marketing mubo jumbo to me. I will say that knowing it was there did make me think it might have some extremely subtle effect, but it's not noticeable.
3) Performance: Well, this is subjective. However, I will say I think dual compound is good for a firmer grip. I generally like firmer grips. This grip also seems like it will do well for my sweaty hands in the summer.
4) Conclusions: For me, I wouldn't switch over my grips onto the rest of my clubs with the Golf Pride MCC align. I think the helpfulness of the alignment line is marketing silliness and didn't notice it as much help. As for the multi compound, I didn't really like it and wish I chose the Tour Velvet. I think that's the best option for me. If you're on a budget, I wouldn't pay extra for the alignment feature or MCC. And honestly, I will be much more careful about marketing features from the golf industry in general after trying the Align grips for myself.