Golf Pride CP2 Pro, CP2 Wrap Grip

Golf Pride CP2 Wrap grips on display at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

The golf grip is the one point of contact between the golfer and the club, yet grips rarely get recognition. Many players take grips for granted, never changing grips until they get slick. This can be a mistake.

The most interesting feature of the CP2 Pro and CP2 Wrap grips is Golf Pride’s new Control Core, a 2.5-inch stabilizer cap underneath the top of the grip at the butt end of the golf club. According to Golf Pride, torque is reduced 41 percent compared to a similar grip without the Control Core. The company said these grips are the softest high-performance grips it has ever made. The Pro model features a textured pattern, while the Wrap is made for golfers who want a traditional comfort-style wrap grip.

Cost: $6.99 standard (51.5 grams), $7.49 midsize (64 grams), $7.99 jumbo (81 grams)

Availability: March

Some touring professionals change their grips every month or so. Their reasoning: They want to maintain the consistent feel of new grips, and they definitely don’t want grip pressure to be altered because the texture or firmness of the grips seems different.

Installation of grips at the beginning of the golf season generally is considered minimal maintenance. Several grip manufacturers recommend changing grips twice per year.

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