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  1. RW's one word review - FIRM Hopefully you like calluses! I've been playing the Lamkin UTx Midsize Reminder for the last season or so, and wanted to see how the Golf Pride Z Grip Align's compare. My biggest issue with the UTx is the loss of tackiness and grip texture mid round. I've realized I must have extremely dirty hands because to keep them tacky, I have to clean the grips during my round. I play in the south, so the necessity for a cord grip is a must. Hence my gravitation to the Z Grip. Golf Pride hails the Z Grip as the firmest grip model with "heavy cord texture and moisture management." And indeed it is firm. I mean really firm, like don't hit one thin. Ever. Its also noticeably thinner than the UTx Midsize. My 6 iron was gripped first with no additional wraps, and that's when I noticed the size difference. Not to make the same mistake twice, my Fairway Metal was wrapped with 3 additional wraps of tape. These additional wraps made the grip closest to the size of the UTx Midsize. Reminder grips have been around forever, and in Golf Pride's eyes, what's old is new right? I enjoy a reminder. I've had grip issues forever, and they help me place my hands where they should be. Does the Align tech help - Yes. Is it any better than a standard reminder grip - No. One downside to reminder grips is they really shouldn't be played with wedges in my opinion. If you open the club face at all the "Align strip" gets all out of whack and really throws your "align"ment off. (Currently waiting on the Lamkin Players Cord to come in) Final Thoughts The Golf Pride Z Cord Align is a great grip if you enjoy a firm feel and need to be "reminded" where your hands go. I'll play these until the wear out, or want something new, but will not be purchasing again. 3 out of 5
  2. Testers Chosen! These four forum members will be testing and reviewing the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour Pro (104cc) putter grips: @chemclub @BigtazzGolf @JDHolmes @gchester33 Reviewing a set of Z Grip ALIGN grips: @LeftyHawk And reviewing the MCC Plus4 ALIGN grips: @romeopapazulu @knightsofnii Full announcement here 3-Testers Wanted Z Grip ALIGN Tour Velvet ALIGN MCC & MCC Plus 4 ALIGN Tour Velvet Plus 4 (rubber or cord) Golf Pride ® a division of power management company Eaton and an industry leader in grip innovation, today announced it will offer the brand’s Z-Grip ® with its popular ALIGN ® Technology in 2019. According to a recent survey, ALIGN Technology is now used by 74 TOUR players. This technology was first introduced in Golf Pride brand’s MCC ® and MCC Plus4 ® hybrid grips and is also available in a Tour Velvet® grip (all rubber) option. With the addition of a full cord grip to complement the existing options, Golf Pride will now offer ALIGN Technology in a full range of feel preferences. AND 4-Testers Wanted Tour SNSR Contour Pro (104 or 140cc) The Contour Pro putter grip offers the leading Tour- preferred, pistol-shape in two oversized models for unsurpassed feel and feedback. The TOUR SNSR Contour Pro utilizes the same soft, ultra-tuned rubber formulation as its predecessors giving the grip an excellent feel and facilitating lighter grip pressure to encourage a smoother stroke. The proprietary TOUR SNSR technology enhances feedback, affording better distance control on greens of all speeds. The TOUR SNSR Contour Pro putter grip also features soft, rounded edges, and a pistol flare back to more naturally fit in the hands. The shape includes a wide, paddle front for a consistent landing zone for the fingers and a tapered profile for players who prefer the traditional, sculptured grip design. This pistol shaped putter grip with contour has been trusted by the best players in the world to win the most coveted championships in golf. Doing this Testing, DOES NOT disqualify you from other Testing in 2019, once this ones' completed. We expect this testing to be much shorter than club testings, perhaps 4 weeks total. How To Apply In a post below please list the following: First Name/Home State (US Eligible) Current Grips Used Choose EITHER the ALIGN (pick one model) or SNSR (pick 104 or 140 cc) Last Instruction: PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST IN YOUR APPLICATION POST Will be choosing the Testers Next Week-Good Luck!
  3. OFFICIAL FORWARDGOLF PUTTER GRIP REVIEW Follow along with our 10 testers as they review the ForwardGolf putter grip, the grip that was designed to put your hands in the perfect position for putting. Does that design lead to more made putts? Read the review below to find out. Without further ado, meet the testers..... Without further ado, here are the testers. Super Dave Stage One Stage Two Stage Three wersty Stage One Stage Two Stage Three armour248 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Pablo6060 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Aubrey40 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three benlowery Stage One Stage Two Stage Three KB McCool Stage One Stage Two Stage Three rc990n Stage One Stage Two Stage Three jberhart Stage One Stage Two Stage Three gary507 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Let us know what you think! Visit ForwardGolfs website HERE Like ForwardGolf on Facebook HERE Follow ForwardGolf on Twitter HERE Follow ForwardGolf on Instagram HERE
  4. Just got some Artisan Wedges created by Mike Taylor:
  5. I am new to mygolfspy.com and I love all of it. I have recently started golfing again regularly and am interested in some new clubs and overall improving my game with and without technology. My handicap is somewhere around 18-22 if I had to guess. Driver: Orlimar tri-metal 440cc fairway woods: also olimar tri-metal Irons: ACER XK pro 4-GW slotline putter (probably 28 years old) titelist 14 way bag brooks running shoes. I don't have favorite grips, but my hands sweat even when they shouldn't and am in the market. I am also a big guy...5'10 300+ and am trying to lose weight while improving my golf game. I am intrigued by blades. If I can hit them well, I know I am doing it right. (I don't own blades). Say hello, and any advice would be appreciated. Jason
  6. Press Release From Lamkin LAMKIN GRIPS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPION DANIELLE KANG SAN DIEGO, 01 August 2018– Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips - is very proud to announce Danielle Kang, the winner of the 2017 Women's PGA Championship, as their new LPGA brand ambassador and the company's first female spokesperson. Upon signing the new multi-year agreement, Kang commented on working with the Lamkin team to create her own customized grips, “I've really enjoyed the process of testing and refining my grip selection with Lamkin. It's a privilege to work with a company that is so committed to developing new grip innovations and groundbreaking technologies. With such a wide assortment of grip materials, surface patterns and sizes, even the most discriminating golfers can find a Lamkin grip that's perfectly suited to their game.” In addition to playing with Lamkin grips, Kang will provide valuable player testing, product development feedback and appear in upcoming Lamkin Grips' advertising and promotional campaigns in the United States and in key international markets. Lamkin is also working closely with Kang on a signature line of golf grips incorporating the company's patent-pending GENESIS material and new FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY. Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips, shares Kang's enthusiasm for the new partnership and the company's growing presence on the LPGA Tour, “Danielle is an exceptional athlete who is at the forefront of a new generation of players making the LPGA Tour one of the most entertaining places to watch golf. Since Danielle moved into the spotlight after her Major win, she has handled herself with tremendous confidence and poise. I am extremely proud of this new partnership and look forward to Danielle representing the Lamkin brand to golf enthusiasts around the world.” Throughout the upcoming season and in 2019, Kang will be highlighted in various Lamkin marketing and social media campaigns as well as swinging the company's grips in the world's biggest Women's golf events. More information: www.Lamkingrips.com Get social: @LamkinGrips. ABOUT LAMKIN GRIPS Lamkin Grips' golf heritage dates back to 1925 when founder Elver B. Lamkin began manufacturing golf's first leather grips. Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry's widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to unequaled product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game. ###
  7. Press Release from Lamkin Grips JUSTIN ROSE EXPANDS ROLE AS LAMKIN GRIPS' EXCLUSIVE PGA TOUR SPOKESMAN & BRAND AMBASSADOR SAN DIEGO, 11 July 2018– Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips - is delighted to announce that 2013 U.S. Open Champion and reigning Olympic Golf Champion Justin Rose will continue his long-standing partnership with the brand. Rose has had an official agreement with Lamkin since 2014, however his relationship with the company goes back to a custom grip fitting at their U.K. office more than 15 years before. Upon signing the new multi-year agreement with Lamkin, Rose reflected on the relationship, commenting, “I've used Lamkin grips for as long as I can remember and they've been a part of every success in my professional career. The company is steeped in tradition but still stays at the forefront of grip technology. It's that combination that makes me excited to extend our partnership and I look forward to many more successes together.” Rose is currently using his favored Lamkin REL ACE grips. These grips benefit from a proprietary, super-tacky ACE 3GEN material which dampens vibration and combines with a unique keyhole pattern to maximize contact with the golfer's hands and provide an incredibly secure connection to the club. In addition to using Lamkin Grips on all his swinging clubs, Rose will provide valuable player testing, product development feedback and appear in future Lamkin Grips' videos and television commercials. Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips, is thrilled to expand the company's partnership with Rose and looks forward to introducing a new Justin Rose signature grip line later this year. The new line, a variation of the brand's TS1 grip, will feature Lamkin's patent-pending GENESIS material and proprietary FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY. “Justin has represented Lamkin with incredible poise and dignity both on and off the course for the last four years. He's an exceptionally gifted golfer and it has been our honor to share in his successes.” Bob continued, “We're especially excited to unveil Justin's new grips in the second half of 2018. Without a doubt, these are the most innovative and performance-enhancing grips we've ever produced.” Throughout the upcoming season and in 2019, Rose will be highlighted in various Lamkin advertising, promotional and social media campaigns as well as swinging the company's grips as he competes on golf's biggest stages. More information: www.Lamkingrips.com Get social: @LamkinGrips. ABOUT LAMKIN GRIPS Lamkin Grips' golf heritage dates back to 1925 when founder Elver B. Lamkin began manufacturing golf's first leather grips. Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry's widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to unequaled product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game.
  8. 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.
  9. Im sure that many of you who have went to see your club pro, or went for a lesson have been told the you "need new grips". Its very convenient that the pros are at hand to do it for you. Recently I was amazed when a friend told me he was being charged £20 to get his driver regripped, and that was standard!!! I thought this was steep to change a grip. I went onto eBay, had a hunt and bought 20 Golf Pride Multi Compound Grips for £3 each, plus got to choose what colours I wanted. Then I bought myself some double sided tape and gave changing my grips a go. The toughest thing has to be taking the old grip off, but that was easy enough. I think it took me the guts of 10 minutes to change the grip and left it to dry for a couple of hours. I don't get why anyone would pay £20!!! Here is how I did it, don't know if anyone has any better suggestion: 1. Remove Grip with a Stanley knife SAFELY!!! 2. Wrap the double sided tape around the shaft. 3. Put a tee in the end of the grip and put a small amount of petrol in the grip, rinse around for a second and pour out the excess. (This softens the grip up so that it can be applied easily.) 4. Slide the grip onto the shaft. 5. Twist the grip until it is in line. 6. Leave to dry for several hours. I think everyone should give this a shot. Saves a lot of money if you are redoing all your irons. On another note, I love the Golf pride multi compound grips but does anyone think there are better grips out there. Always like to test out new things.
  10. TESTERS WANTED - APPLY NOW We are looking for 10 MyGolfSpy Forum members to test the Super Stroke TX1 club grips. Many of you have tried Super Stroke putter grips and now they are making a play to get on the rest of the clubs in your bag. The Super Stroke TX1 is a multi-material grip, with the upper section being soft, tacky cord and the bottom section being soft rubber. As usual, we're looking for readers who can put the grips through their paces and be willing to write coherently about your experience and provide good quality photographs. To apply for testing, reply to this thread with the following information: Your handicap What grip you are currently playing How often you regrip your clubs Why you would be an awesome grip tester This testing is open to those in the Continental US. If selected, you will receive a full set of 13 Super Stroke TX1 club grips. Good luck
  11. Something occurred to me last night for the first time. Probably because I just went through a recent fitting where I was making sure I was still a midsize grip. I have always had my iron grips in midsize for as long as I can remember. But last night as I was grabbing a hybrid, with the stock grip, it made me wonder why I never considered getting a midsize grip for my hybrid, or driver, of FW or wedges for that matter. So those that have midsize grips, do you have throughout the entire set or just irons? What are your thoughts either way on the subject?
  12. Will the new Golf Pride MultiCompound Plus4 ALIGN Grips created a problem on adjustable loft drivers, fairway woods, or hybrids, when the loft is changed?
  13. Hey All, So I need to replace my grips soon on all 13 clubs. I have GP Tour Velvets now. I am a mid-sized grip size. But I've had troubles with sweaty hands and slightly losing my grip during the swing. Any tips on new good grips for sweaty hands / losing your grip? Any suggestions would help! p.s. I've got Speith, Phil, DJ, Kuchar, and Stenson as my top 5 (not necessarily in that order) for The Open! Who do you have for The Open this year? Thanks again, Dave
  14. Just bought a new set of glide wedges, and although I love the non-tapered, longer grips that come standard, I like the consistency of having the same feeling grips on all clubs (I use GP Tour Wraps on everything.) I thought I might have a go at regripping the Glide wedges, but building up the grip to reduce the amount of taper. I would lose the benefit of the longer grip, but I feel that's a trade-off. Anyways, anyone else play with their wedges like this? How much tape do you tend to use? Any other pros/cons I'm missing (I realize the dyla grips are heavier.)
  15. This is for charity, and i don't really want to ship a box of grips back, i'll lose the money I made for our foundation. I have to list these for the $29.95 price (shipping included) as determined by The Cork Tree grip company but make me an offer including shipping. I have to pay back $15 per grip and will NOT sell for a loss to our Charity, but i cannot list a different price. I will include a tax Donation receipt. Howdy Fellow Spies- I am the president of a non-profit in Sacramento, CA. We held our annual fundraiser on 9/30 and Cork Tree Putter Grips owner Marc Boggia was kind enough to help us by supplying grips of various sizes for sale with 1/2 of the proceeds going to our foundation. Well, it being a tournament and all and people didn't have the chance to install them prior, we didn't sell as many as we'd have liked. Marc is allowing me to sell them here, still with a portion of the proceeds going to our charity, the Jireh Foundation (www.jirehfdn.org) Here's a recent review by GolfSpy_Dave: http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/13899-cork-tree-gimme-putter-grip-first-impressions/ Here's what we got left: 2 Stumpy grips in black (sized similar to SS slim 3.0) 3 Bandits Black, Red, Pink (sized similar to SS Slim) 3 Gimme Grips black, red and pink 7 Slim Jims 1 black, 2 red, 2 blue 2 pink You can PM me here, but all payments will go directly to the foundation's paypal account. The Slim Jim is your typical skinny putter grip The Bandit is like the SS Slim 2.0, 1.25 inches thick and uniform width with a flat spot for the thumbs Th Gimme is a Bandit with a tapered bottom The Stumpy is fat 1.4 inches thick with uniform fat grip, like a typical Super Stroke Here the profile: (pics NOT to scale)
  16. Lamkin Gold Medal Edition Grip A new twist on the grip played by PGA Tour player Miguel Angel Jimenez is inspired by the sporting events taking place in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The Gold Medal Edition Wrap-Tech grip features Lamkin's proprietary Double-Helix pattern designed with a smooth spiral for comfort and a high-traction spiral for increased control. The proprietary metallic compound adds enhanced tackiness and a lighter, softer feel for unmatched grip comfort. The combination of wrap styling, a softer material and an unbuffed finishing process makes the Wrap-Tech ideal for players who prefer to play without a glove. The added grip traction also makes the grip an excellent choice for use in all weather conditions. The grip is now available in standard and midsize models for a limited time only at www.LamkinGrips.com.
  17. I'm a new member but a long time follower. These tests offered is a real incentive to get active in My golf Spy. I'm originally from Texas but have retired to my wife's home state of Ohio. I have never seen the number of daily fee golf courses that are located within a 30 minute drive as I have seen here. My big complaint is not being able to play 12 months a year. So now I go back down to Houston to visit my kids and grand-baby during the Winter months so I can at least play a couple of times in the Winter months. I am a authorized dealer for Pure grips out of Arizona and have an eBay store called C's Grips & More. I just recently picked up the Piretti Putter line and will be setting up distribution here in Ohio as well as selling on eBay. Obviously I love the game of golf and want to do my part introducing new people to the game.
  18. Ready for new grips, looking at going to an oversized dri tac, any suggestions?
  19. On the course and on tour I have been seeing a lot more of the fat putter grips. What is the advantage of these grips? I can see having them if your grip isn't what it used to be from hand issues. However, I am seeing younger people utilizing these grips and I would think it would diminish the feel of the putter. Is there an advantage rather than a detriment? Thanks!
  20. You know you need to re-grip your clubs.........Now here's an insane deal.....13 Lamkin I-Line Grips for $29.99! http://www.lamkingrips.com/comfortable-performance/i-line Get them while they last.......
  21. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2014 FROM CORK TREE - THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN PUTTER GRIP TECHNOLOGY NOW AVAILABLE SAO BRAS DE ALPORTEL, PORTUGAL - There's a brand-new golf grip material quickly gaining popularity. The Cork Tree has debuted four new putter grips made of cork leather. Why cork? It's proven to be the perfect complement to leather in a grip. Cork leather putter grips provide an overall user experience that cannot be achieved with any other putter grip material known to man. Cork is 100% natural, feels soft in the hands, and improves its playability well beyond other materials when a golfer's hands are hot or sweaty -- as well as in humid playing conditions. "That means the grip won't slip in your hands -- regardless of how moist your hands are," says company co-founder Marc Boggia, a British PGA member. "That lets you confidently putt away without any tension in your hands and arms, promoting a more fluid stroke. Once you try it, I know you'll agree that it feels amazing. Plus, it cleans very easily -- dirt wipes away with a wet cloth." Cork Tree putter grips are designed and used by Championship winning Tour professionals who make their living from playing golf. There are currently more than twenty PGA Tour players using Cork Tree cork leather putter grips including the winner of the recent Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. A multiple major winner on the PGA Tour is also using the Cork Tree putter grip. Cork's honeycomb cell structure is key. Each cell is a 14-sided polyhedron filled with air, making it an extremely strong and flexible membrane that's waterproof and airtight. Cork bark is about 89% air, giving it a low density. But when it's compressed, air isn't squeezed out, because the cell membranes won't release it. So it returns to its original shape when the compression is removed. The four initial putter grips include the Midsize ($39.95), Feather Light ($39.95), Parallel ($39.95) and Tour ($39.95) models. They're all extremely durable, absorb any impact vibration and are impermeable to water. About Cork Tree The Cork Tree -- the world's first company to produce golf products in cork leather -- was co-founded by Nuno Nascimento and Marc Boggia. From an early age, Nascimento went with his grandfather to the Portuguese family cork oak forest learning all the tricks that nature presents. He studied and tested trees to find the best cork bark, and then transformed it into cork products suitable for commercialization. The Cork Tree mission is to maximize performance, increase confidence and ultimately improve putting statistics for every golfer using the Cork Tree putter grip. Cork Tree also strives to be a contributor to a more eco-friendly world and cork leather offers this while adding functionality, durability and quality. Today, the Nascimento family continues to sell cork bark to the cork stopper industry from its own 500 hectares cork plantation. Conscious of its hereditary property, The Cork Tree family continues to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in developing, protecting and maintenance of the properties. Beyond cleaning and fertilizing the cork oak forest, the plantation continues to grow with some 40,000 new cork trees being planted in the past eight years. Boggia, an Englishman, has been a member of the British PGA since 1981. He's a golf course owner, partner and creator of Asia's largest indoor golf teaching facilities, managing director of a made-for-TV golf tournament, distributor of golf product and head instructor of the John Jacobs' Golf Schools. As a youngster, he practiced, played and competed near the very cork forest that's now become the source of raw material that fuels his business venture. The Cork Tree's golf bag was awarded the first place award at the Golf Europe 2013 show in the golf bag category and lead to the launch of the cork putter grips. See all products from The Cork Tree at www.corkputtergrips.com
  22. Lamkin Special Edition Wrap-Tech and UTx Grips www.lamkingrips.com MSRP: $4.99 (Wrap-Tech), $6.99 (UTx) To celebrate the first Major Championship of the season, Lamkin is offering two Special Edition grips, the Wrap-Tech and UTx. Both models are available in a deep green and bright yellow colorway adorned with a contrasting white Lamkin logo. The Wrap-Tech combines a double-helix pattern with the company's patented ACE compound, resulting in superior comfort and club control. The UTx features Tri-Layer Technology, offering golfers excellent traction, torsion control and grip stability. The two distinctive grips lend themselves especially well to golfers who are looking for slip resistant, all-weather playability and are available starting end of March for a limited time only through LamkinGrips.com. I've gotten samples of the Wrap-tech and UTx grips and they've great, pretty awesome to see some slick special colors.
  23. 1925 was a heck of a long time ago. Fitzgerald published “The Great Gatsby,” Lou Gehrig started his legendary consecutive game streak, the Mt. Rushmore museum was dedicated and Elver Lamkin wrapped his first leather grip. Lamkin, of course, belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of grip manufacturers - either as George Washington or Teddy Roosevelt. And if you're talking legendary streaks, you could say Lamkin is the Iron Horse (or even the Cal Ripkin) of grip makers. 90 years later Lamkin is still getting it done, and it's still All In The Family. There's perhaps not a more iconic grip in golf than the Lamkin Crossline. If you're reading this you've probably swung a club or two in your time and it's more than likely one of them had a Lamkin grip. 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of Lamkin Golf a company that has truly stood the test of time and continues to look towards the future. Today's five question's is with a man truly proud of his family name, Lamkin's President and CEO, Bob Lamkin. 5 Questions 90 years in business is a pretty epic accomplishment, especially for a family business. How has keeping it “all in the family” kept Lamkin going? What are the keys to your longevity? Well, that's really simple… our family name is on every grip we make so we are exceptionally critical of how our product is developed and manufactured. That has always been a very strong motivator for Lamkin to make the best performing, longest lasting and highest quality grips in the business. It's a real source of pride for our family. As for our longevity, and this is also very much a part of keeping it in the family, the company has transformed itself with each new generation. My grandfather started by making leather wrap grips in his garage. He was a true pioneer at the time because no one else was making grips for golf clubs. Then, my father led another crucial transformation for the company when we started using rubber materials in our grips. For a leather grip company, this was a very risky and bold change, but he kept the company moving forward. Again, with each generation, the company has experienced a sort of ‘rebirth'. Another key to our success is that we pride ourselves on being good listeners. We very much want to know what our customers need and want, and will go to great lengths to ensure that Lamkin is their grip of choice. Seriously though, is playing the wrong size grip really killing us and what's worse, too big or too small? I think that might be an overstatement, but I do believe that playing the wrong size grip absolutely impacts a player's performance. And, more importantly, it may be affecting their overall enjoyment of the game… and they don't even know it! There are so many women, for instance, using the stock undersize grips installed on most women's clubs, but a big percentage of those players don't necessarily have ‘undersize' hands and they should be using a standard size grip. Very often, playing with the wrong size grip will force a golfer to use too much grip pressure to compensate for their poorly fit grip. One is not worse than the other (too big or too small). Typically, I tell golfers that are slicing to use a smaller grip so they can increase their hand action. And, for golfers that are hooking, I recommend using a larger grip to slow their hands down. I also believe that grip sizing isn't a perfect science. We recommend using hand measurements as a starting point. After that, it's important that every golfer finds the grip that feels most comfortable and allows the ideal light-pressure grip. What challenges do you face today that you didn't have to deal with 25 or even 50 years ago? The rate of product innovation has accelerated to a mind-blowing pace over the last 15 or so years. There seems to be this unspoken rule that a revolutionary, ‘game-changing' product needs to be launched every few months, every year at the latest. At Lamkin, we rely on a continuous improvement model to ensure we're producing the most functional, innovative and durable grips available, and that certainly has helped the brand maintain its leadership position. How have the recent financial issues within the Golf Industry affected the grip business? What does it take to keep a golf business ‘in the black' in the current environment? Historically, even during the most ‘challenging' dips in the golf industry, Lamkin has been fairly well insulated from market volatility. When golfers aren't buying as many clubs, for whatever reason, they tend to invest more in regripping. And, when they are buying more clubs, we benefit from supplying premium manufacturers with the grips to put on those clubs. As for staying ‘in the black', we are a bottom-line driven company and keep a very sharp eye on spending to ensure we stay profitable. More importantly, though, we work very closely with our customers. Whether they are purchasing a million grips or a single grip, we never lose sight of the fact that they are the most important contributor to our success and longevity. Exceeding their expectations has been and will always be our top priority. What makes a good grip? What is the biggest innovation in golf grips over the past 90 years? Any secrets you can let us in on as to the future of the golf grip? A good grip: There's really no magic formula because different golfers like different types of grips. One golfer may love the feeling of a cord grip, another golfer might hate the feeling of cord. It's incredibly subjective and individualized. In the end, if a golfer plays more comfortably, confidently and consistently with their grip, then it's a good grip. Biggest Innovation: Moving from leather to rubber and then to synthetic rubbers. This was a big game changer and allowed us to improve durability, bring costs down, add new cosmetics and colors and provide a much greater level of ‘feel' consistency from grip to grip. Future of the Golf Grip: I believe the next big development in grip technology will come in the form of another material advancement. At Lamkin, we are always researching and testing new, non-endemic materials that will provide golfers with functional performance benefits. ------------------------------------ Thank you so much again to Bob Lamkin for taking the time to answer these for us. Written by:Dan Mann
  24. SPEED REVIEW BEST GRIPS - MicroPerf Club Grip "Augusta Edition" Written by: Dan Mann NATURAL I had a lot of apprehension about putting these on my new gamers, I wasn't sure if the stitching or the non-tapered built up lower hand would bother me. For one thing I have small hands and often a given companies “standard” just doesn't work for me. Well I'm happy to say neither was an issue and really the MicroPerf's are the most natural feeling grip I've held to date. BestGrips has done a lot to make these feel like an extension of the golfer to link to the club. Now I'll admit these non-tapered grips won't be for everyone and that is why there's a variety of options on the market. But I applaud BestGrips for sticking to their vision and own personal beliefs of what a grip product should be like. Let's face it if they simply went with the popular vote what would differentiate them from everyone else? QUALITY BestGrips puts a lot of research and love into making every grip special. They have their own proprietary mold for hypoallergenic underlasts and a really expensive machine to ensure every piece of leather is rolled to a consistent thickness. Don't forget they're hand making these and sewing every stitch down in the heart of Texas. I'm shocked to not see a bit of fraying on any of the 8 grips or an extra tag or material on the end caps. The end caps show no sign of peeling or bending up either. I've seen other leather grips where the end cap is thin & stressed and sure to peel up going in and out of bags often over time. And most of all these SMELL like genuine leather. MBP's nostrils have perused a bevy of leather grips in the past & a lot of them reek of industrial glue, cheap knock off shoes and purses. BestGrips has also told me they estimate a life expectancy on these at 3-4 years. CONFIDENCE It's called ProTac people and it's a life changing experience. You think I joke, but living in a rain soaked, humid summer region of North America makes holding a golf club difficult at times. Protac simply put is “Tacky”, but in a good way, not a granny doily covered couch kinda way. Man these grips are sticky and the days of wearing gloves are over for me. But do not worry, this doesn't leave any residual residues, marks or stains on your hands. Confidence like this can take one less worry out of your mind standing over the ball and I think I can speak for most when I say we'd love to think less on the course. THE WRAP NATURAL QUALITY CONFIDENCE MBP APPROVES Hey, I'll be the first to admit leather grips aren't for every golfer. Everyone has their own individual preferences and ideas of what feels right to them. But what I do know is that BestGrips makes a damn good golf grip. Are they the end all? Possibly not, but BestGrips should be high up your consideration list when you make your next grip purchase. http://bestgrips.com/product/microperf-club-grip/ *IN FOR REVIEW! BestGrips.com MicroPerf Club Grips - Limited Edition AUGUSTA CLUB GRIP Everyone's favorite genuine leather grip making Texan, is back just in time for my favorite major; The Masters. These limited edition handmade beauts feature the same high quality leather as the standard MicroPerf line, I'm just lucky enough to get my hands on the sexy Augusta themed version. Check back in the future to catch my follow up review. The Augusta Club Grip is the latest Masters themed grip from BestGrips. You will see a lot of Green and Yellow "Limited" products, but none are as superb as the MicroPerf Club Grip. The Augusta Club Grip features a special edition BG Green MicroPerf leather and Yellow thread. - BestGrips The Augusta Club Grip will be available throughout April (in limited quantities). ORDER NOW AT BESTGRIPS.COM
  25. One of the more interesting grips to come from Golf Pride in some time. 31% softer vs. any other grip in their line-up but just as stable. Something you couldn't get before from a softer grip like this. And since we have one sitting in the office I thought we would send one out to one of you guys. Cause we know some of you got some ugly grips on your driver(s). Mine might actually be the worst. And if you do, tell us about that ugly grip. The more descriptive the better! HOW TO ENTER Tweet the following for a chance to win, and fill in the blank telling us about your ugly, torn, disgusting grip you currently have falling apart on your driver. @GolfPrideGrips & @MyGolfSpy - #Ineedanewgrip because mine is ______________.
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