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Hey guys fairly new to the forum but curious who has used leather grips and what did you think?  I know they are more expensive but I have also heard they last a lot longer.  What are the other Pros and Cons?  


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I currently have a set of Gripmaster Signatures on one set of irons and the Gripmaster Kidd's on another.  They are fantastic grips.  Firm and tacky.  REAL tacky, such that it puts some people off.  I choose to play without a glove and these enable you to do so.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance in rain and humidity and all other conditions.  Better than anything else I've tried.
  • Really nice on the hands.  You have very good traction without the wear that cords would give, for example. 
  • LONG life. They last forever

Cons:

  • They are lighter than the typical grip (46g vs. 52g for a Tour Velvet e.g.). So if you are a swing weight nerd, they will make your swing weight go up about 2 points.  Of course, there are folks that say when you use a lighter grip you are "fooling the scale."  I never understood this.  It's not noticeable to me anyways.
  • They are REAL tacky.  The Signatures more so than the kids.  Like when you put your hand on them and apply pressure, you need to peel your fingers off of them afterwards.  Some people don't like this.

I have also used Best Grips Microperfs in the past.  Those are nice also.

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I have tried them on a few occasions. Although they are just as advertised with the tackiness and superb wet grip I find them to be overly firm. So much so that it was a bit tough on my hands. I can be a bit arthritic at times and that didn't help. There may be softer versions but I was using the regular version. One was Gripmaster, can't remember the other.

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1 hour ago, Dr Strangelove said:

I currently have a set of Gripmaster Signatures on one set of irons and the Gripmaster Kidd's on another.  They are fantastic grips.  Firm and tacky.  REAL tacky, such that it puts some people off.  I choose to play without a glove and these enable you to do so.

Pros:

  • Excellent performance in rain and humidity and all other conditions.  Better than anything else I've tried.
  • Really nice on the hands.  You have very good traction without the wear that cords would give, for example. 
  • LONG life. They last forever

Cons:

  • They are lighter than the typical grip (46g vs. 52g for a Tour Velvet e.g.). So if you are a swing weight nerd, they will make your swing weight go up about 2 points.  Of course, there are folks that say when you use a lighter grip you are "fooling the scale."  I never understood this.  It's not noticeable to me anyways.
  • They are REAL tacky.  The Signatures more so than the kids.  Like when you put your hand on them and apply pressure, you need to peel your fingers off of them afterwards.  Some people don't like this.

I have also used Best Grips Microperfs in the past.  Those are nice also.

So I take it you prefer the Gripmaster to the Best Grips.  The tackiness sounds like a bit much but I assume that’s why you don’t need a glove, which I like.  
 

Have you tried the gripmaster wrap? How noticeable is the seam on the back of the grip?

 

I appreciate help


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43 minutes ago, Popeye64 said:

I have tried them on a few occasions. Although they are just as advertised with the tackiness and superb wet grip I find them to be overly firm. So much so that it was a bit tough on my hands. I can be a bit arthritic at times and that didn't help. There may be softer versions but I was using the regular version. One was Gripmaster, can't remember the other.

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This actually helps me. I like a firm grip so to me that’s a plus to me. 
 

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1 hour ago, Granata13 said:

So I take it you prefer the Gripmaster to the Best Grips.  The tackiness sounds like a bit much but I assume that’s why you don’t need a glove, which I like.  
 

Have you tried the gripmaster wrap? How noticeable is the seam on the back of the grip?

 

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I wouldn't dissuade you from Best Grips. They are a bit softer than the Gripmasters. I'd happily play either.  If you contact them, you can get "blemishes" for about $12 a grip or so.

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15 minutes ago, Dr Strangelove said:

I wouldn't dissuade you from Best Grips. They are a bit softer than the Gripmasters. I'd happily play either.  If you contact them, you can get "blemishes" for about $12 a grip or so.

Great thanks, I like a firmer grip and I also like a round grip so I ordered a couple of Gripmaster wraps to try.  We will see how that goes, but I might also order a couple best grips to try.  1 more questions did you just use solvent to put the grips on or did you use air?  I have done both and thinking about using air so I can switch them to new clubs whenever I get new clubs

 

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Great thanks, I like a firmer grip and I also like a round grip so I ordered a couple of Gripmaster wraps to try.  We will see how that goes, but I might also order a couple best grips to try.  1 more questions did you just use solvent to put the grips on or did you use air?  I have done both and thinking about using air so I can switch them to new clubs whenever I get new clubs
 

Let us know how you like the Gripmasters.
I have 3 or 4 older putters with leather grips I believe 2 of them are Gripmasters. I’ve always liked the feel of the leather as long as they’re keep clean.
As I get a little older I’m liking larger diameter/softer grips.


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25 minutes ago, Granata13 said:

Great thanks, I like a firmer grip and I also like a round grip so I ordered a couple of Gripmaster wraps to try.  We will see how that goes, but I might also order a couple best grips to try.  1 more questions did you just use solvent to put the grips on or did you use air?  I have done both and thinking about using air so I can switch them to new clubs whenever I get new clubs

 

I used a compressor.  One wrap of painters tape.  Then some V&P Naptha (pour a little into the grip with a funnel and then onto a towel, then wipe the grip) to provide some lubricant.  Then air compressor.  Real easy.  Don't use double sided golf grip tape or it will be a PITA to take them off even with a compressor.

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Thanks @Dr Strangelove. I have always used painters tape and then just a little mineral spirits when I have done grips with my compressor. I apprehended help

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Let us know how you like the Gripmasters.
I have 3 or 4 older putters with leather grips I believe 2 of them are Gripmasters. I’ve always liked the feel of the leather as long as they’re keep clean.
As I get a little older I’m liking larger diameter/softer grips.


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I definitely will. It’s something I have wanted to try but just now pulled the trigger

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I have used leather grips for several years now. I like both Bestgrips and Gripmaster. As The Dr. mentioned above, the GM Kidds and Signature run light. They are also problematic if you want to build them up any. They are pretty tight on standard tape.

I  find the Roos, Master Perf and Tour Classic Perf Wraps run 50-51g in the standard size and have more room for expansion. I used to build up mine to about 1/16", which would make them play quite firm, except for the Roos. I have now moved to the Midsize Perf Wrap (58g +/-) which come out a little more cushy and easier on my arthritic hands.

The Bestgrips all have what they call "Pro Taper" which means the grips are a bit thicker under the lower hand. Some don't like this, so be aware of it. But the guys at BG are some of the best to deal with if you're looking for something special.

I have never had an issue with the stitching on the back of these grips. I find it hardly noticeable except on the midsize Montana Cows I have on my putters. The one thing I would say is a negative for ALL leather grips is that the butt cap can sometimes wear thin from removing and returning clubs to your bag. I find standing my bag straight up (when walking) to take them out and put them in helps a lot with this. I also like to wipe them down with a damp towel after playing so they are in pristine shape for the next round. However, if you get rough with them, they will wear through pretty quick.

Lastly, I install all my grips using blue Painters tape, mild soap/water mix and air. I have changed several grips multiple times with no damage whatsoever and never had a slipping issue.

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54 minutes ago, RI_Redneck said:

I have used leather grips for several years now. I like both Bestgrips and Gripmaster. As The Dr. mentioned above, the GM Kidds and Signature run light. They are also problematic if you want to build them up any. They are pretty tight on standard tape.

I  find the Roos, Master Perf and Tour Classic Perf Wraps run 50-51g in the standard size and have more room for expansion. I used to build up mine to about 1/16", which would make them play quite firm, except for the Roos. I have now moved to the Midsize Perf Wrap (58g +/-) which come out a little more cushy and easier on my arthritic hands.

The Bestgrips all have what they call "Pro Taper" which means the grips are a bit thicker under the lower hand. Some don't like this, so be aware of it. But the guys at BG are some of the best to deal with if you're looking for something special.

I have never had an issue with the stitching on the back of these grips. I find it hardly noticeable except on the midsize Montana Cows I have on my putters. The one thing I would say is a negative for ALL leather grips is that the butt cap can sometimes wear thin from removing and returning clubs to your bag. I find standing my bag straight up (when walking) to take them out and put them in helps a lot with this. I also like to wipe them down with a damp towel after playing so they are in pristine shape for the next round. However, if you get rough with them, they will wear through pretty quick.

Lastly, I install all my grips using blue Painters tape, mild soap/water mix and air. I have changed several grips multiple times with no damage whatsoever and never had a slipping issue.

BT

Great info!! Thank you. I can’t wait for mine to get here. Anxious to try them!!

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This is a repeat of what I've posted over at WRX, but let's be equal opportunity,  right?  🙂

I've installed a GripMaster Roo on a SW, and Best Grips Microperfs on my 9i/PW of my MP37 set.  The Roo went on first, and as I'm not playing a LW right now, it's getting a fair amount of short game work.  I've found all the usual comments to be quite true.  It's quite tacky, even in my first round at 46*F weather.  Got some rain, the grip tacked up more and my pitch shots were zero trouble.  Really outstanding.

I haven't had as many opportunities to use the 9i or PW since adding the Microperfs.  They also "tacked up" nicely when the humidity was up, or when my hands were a little damp.  So far, I've found i like them a little less than the feel of the Roo on my SW.  The best way I can think to describe it is the tack of the Microperfs feels a little less secure than that of the Roo.  

Stating the obvious, both need more testing.  Don't want a snap decision.  😉

The pro taper of the Best Grips....  I fit into Aqua color code in the Ping grips universe, which is -1/64", and wear a cadet medium glove.  Best Grips site recommends someone like me may wish to try the undersized model.  I bought the undersized models as part of my test, feel it the right size choice.  I normally play standard size grips, Lamkin Crosslines primarily, and these feel fairly seemless in transition.

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A bit more of an update, now that I've had another couple rounds with the assorted leather.

I had been expecting the Microperfs to tack up a bit more, for lack of a better way to put it, and they definitely did that this past weekend.  It was definitely not due to warmer weather, as temps were a bit on the low side.  Nice to get some more cooler weather performance as part of the equation, seeing how that was my beef in my earlier attempt, several years ago.  both style grips passed.

I think I need another Roo, or another couple Roo grips, to see how they work in full swing mode.  I almost never take a full swing with the SW, which is the club the Roo is installed on.  Probably would be a good idea to check that out before making a more permanent decision for future play.  

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I have Grip Master Kidds on all of my clubs and I won't be going back to rubber.  I had a little bit of trouble getting them on, but they're great.  I sweat quite a bit and I don't like to wear a glove.  They don't destroy my hands and no slip.  I rub them down with a little bit of water and it brings them right back.  I would guess I can get another season or two out of them.

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I use BestGrips Augusta Microperf standard club grips on all my clubs (not including putter).  These, imo, are simply the best leather slip on grips available.  The tour taper compensates for all of us who wrap extra layers of tape under our lower hands due to unnatural taper.  These are tacky and resists moisture very well.  They remain tacky.  I have had a set of these on my gamer iirons ('99 Ben Hogan Apex blades) now for over 4 years and they're still going strong.  They are as tacky and in great condition almost like the day I installed them.  As long as BestGrips is in business I will never consider another club grip on my golf clubs.  The product and the people behind the product are as good as it gets.

 

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I thought about scoring a set of the Augusta microperfs, but there's one problem with that....   I live in Minnesota, and those are Packers colors.  

Yeah, maybe not.   😄

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20 hours ago, NRJyzr said:

I thought about scoring a set of the Augusta microperfs, but there's one problem with that....   I live in Minnesota, and those are Packers colors.  

Yeah, maybe not.   😄

Ummmmmm, yeah, there is that.  I suppose a Minnesotaian must choose what they love/hate more?  Love for The Masters or Hate for the Packers.  That's a very tough choice, I am sure.  Just like the Broncos vs Raiders.  LOL.

By the way, these are fabulous!!!!  I think the Augusta is now sold out.  You might be able to email Zach at BestGrips and request Minnesota Vikings colors.  They have black in stock.

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On 5/5/2020 at 5:02 AM, Granata13 said:

Hey guys fairly new to the forum but curious who has used leather grips and what did you think?  I know they are more expensive but I have also heard they last a lot longer.  What are the other Pros and Cons?  

I've been playing Leather grips for maybe 4-5 years.  I've used ones from GripMaster and Best Grips.  I will NEVER go back to rubber grips.  NEVER!!!  I think the grip is possibly the most important part of the club.  It's where your body connects with the tool.  

I don't wear a golf glove and the tackiness of the leather grips are highly valued.  I think they become even more valuable in the rain as they become stickier.  Most golfers tend to squeeze their grips even harder in the rain and the result is that they hit a bunch of shots thin.  My favorite is the gripmaster Tour Classic wrap.  OUTSTANDING!!!!

 

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