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AmateurGolf.com Recommends: 6 Grip Ideas for 2015
20 Mar 2015
by Rusty Cage

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How do you know when it's time to re-grip your golf clubs? There isn’t a universal answer. Many factors, including frequency of play, the type of atmospheric conditions you face, and the materials used to make your grips can dictate how often a fresh set is needed. However, at some point every golfer needs to get their clubs serviced and if you’re logging at least 40 rounds a year (some of us surpass that total before Memorial Day) then you should be changing them at least once during that time span. One thing's for sure. If you wait until you feel the club slipping out of your hands at impact, you've waited too long!

For many golfers, the beginning of the season is the logical time of the year to take stock of your gear (before the meat of the season kicks into high gear). So check your grips. Seriously, right now. If they show visible signs of wear, then you’re long overdue.

To help you navigate through the numerous options available from leading manufacturers, the staff at AmateurGolf.com has compiled a best-of-class list that should help to help direct you through the myriad of choices. Before you read some of our recommendations, don't forget to think about getting fit for the optimum grip size prior to ordering. Lamkin estimates that 75% of golfers are using the wrong size grip. Don't be one of them. Lamkin not only offers many of their models in over or undersize; the San Diego-based manufacturer helps you determine what size you need with an online grip sizing tool. You'll also find a wealth of information on the regripping process at LamkinGrips.com.

Recommended All-Condition Grip

Lamkin UTx read review

The UTx line from Lamkin is the first to feature the company’s proprietary Tri-Layer technology. The foundation layer is tacky and soft, made from Lamkin’s outstanding ACE 3GEN material. The middle layer uses a moisture-wicking fabric weave that provides traction and control in wet weather. A firmer version of the ACE 3GEN material in the outer layer limits grip torque, dampens vibration and optimizes feel for the shot-maker in all of us.

Lamkin's UTx features all-weather 
performance in a great feeling grip.
Lamkin's UTx features all- weather performance in a great feeling grip.

If you’re looking for a grip that specializes in tackiness, durability and all- weather performance without sacrificing exceptional feel, then look no further than the UTx from Lamkin which retails for $8.99 and up, and is available at most major golf stores.

Two Recommended Traditional Round Style Grips

Champ C8

Only the most advanced materials were used for Champ’s C8 grip. Thermoplastic Olefin, a compound infused with Kevlar, gives the C8 grip incredible torque control and wear resistance. Additionally, a special tacky compound creates a non-slip feel in all weather conditions and an anti-shock wrap provides a comfortable feel while dampening vibrations.

The Champ C8 grip offers a non-slip feel 
and excellent shock absorption.
The Champ C8 grip offers a non-slip feel and excellent shock absorption.

Champ C8 grips retail for $15.99, weigh 48 grams and come in four stock colors.

Lamkin Crossline ACE 3GEN - read review

Lamkin’s Crossline pattern has been a popular choice for golfers of all levels ever since it’s introduction in 1995. It has a classic combination of texture and tackiness that makes it the best selling grip in the company’s history.

Texture, tackiness and feel 
make Lamkin's Crossline grip a proven 
winner.
Texture, tackiness and feel make Lamkin's Crossline grip a proven winner.

The phenomenal shock absorption qualities of this grip lets a golfer feel confident that they can remain in control of the club while exerting only the lightest of pressure necessary. The Lamkin Crossline ACE 3GEN grip is available in standard, midsize and oversize models and retails from $5.99 to $6.99 depending on size.

Recommended Wrap Grip

Lamkin Wrap Tech - read review>

The Wrap Tech grip from Lamkin is constructed from the company’s patented ACE material which provides excellent control and shock absorption. It’s an excellent grip that lets you maintain a slip- free grasp of the club in all weather conditions and the softer feel of the material is especially excellent for players who forgo wearing a glove.

Lamkin Wrap Tech is engineered 
to minimize grip pressure and maximize 
control.
Lamkin Wrap Tech is engineered to minimize grip pressure and maximize control.

If you’ve never played a wrap grip before, you might want to throw out your misconceptions and give Lamkin’s product offering a shot. The Wrap Tech grip lets you take a firm grasp of the club and provides feedback at various points of the swing, the most important being at impact. The key to the grip is the “double helix” pattern of smooth and rough textures that are very effective in promoting the right feel for a player.

The Wrap Tech grip comes in three sizes and varies in weight from 52 grams to 78 grams depending on model. Prices start at $4.99 per grip.

Recommended Half Cord Grip

SuperStroke TX1

Most golfers are familiar with SuperStroke’s extremely popular and successful Flatso grip for putters. But the company also makes an excellent full swing grip called the TX1 that offers a blend of traction and control using a multi-material compound.

The TX1 grip from SuperStroke 
features a half cord design for exceptional 
control and feel.
The TX1 grip from SuperStroke features a half cord design for exceptional control and feel.

The TX1 achieves its exceptional feel through a half-cord design. The cord-infused upper portion creates a soft, tacky feel for increased club control while the non-cord rubber lower half provides great feel and feedback. SuperStroke’s signature cross- traction pattern runs across the entire surface of the grip for added control.

The TX1 retails for $10.99 for standard size (52 grams) and $11.49 for midsize (62 grams).

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