TBX: Options abound among modern grips

Grips (this one from 1955) used to be leather, and there weren't many options as to color, size or weight.

TBX: Options abound among modern grips

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TBX: Options abound among modern grips

Golf grips used to be simple in design and purpose: to help a player hold on to the club during a swing. Made of leather, then mostly converted to simple rubber compounds, old-school grips just didn’t offer much in the way of customization or style.

Things are very different these days. Manufacturers have ditched the one-size-fits-all approach that required laborious build-ups of tape to fit different hand sizes. Color choices are plentiful. And there are many options for texture and feel, ranging from extremely soft and comfortable to extra firm to provide more feedback.

Here are several grips from major manufacturers that offer options in size, color, texture and weight:

Golf Pride MCC Plus4

This grip, made of New Decade MultiCompound, is larger beneath the right hand (for a right-handed player) than is typical – it was designed to replicate the feel of four extra layers of tape built-up beneath the grip. Golf Pride says this encourages lighter grip pressure to boost swing speeds. The lower hand also rests on a softer compound, while the upper hand sits atop soft rubber with cord. Colors: blue, gray, red, green and orange. It is available in standard size and midsize. Weight: 52 grams for standard size. Cost: $9.59 for the standard size.

Lamkin Wrap-Tech

The company says this grip offers a comfortable feel suited to a player who doesn’t wear a glove. The grip is made with the company’s ACE material, and the Double Helix, dual-pattern surface texture provides added control and traction. An unbuffed finishing process provides added tackiness. It is available in standard, midsize and oversize options. Colors: black base with red, blue or white highlights. Weight: 52 grams for standard size. Cost: $4.99 for the standard size.

Winn 20th Anniversary Dri-Tac

This medium-firm grip offers high shock absorption with the company’s signature WinnDry polymer, designed to be slip-resistant in all weather conditions. The anniversary model is finished with a copper color to present a traditional look among modern designs. It is available in standard, midsize and oversized options. Weight: 48 grams for the standard size. Cost: $6.29 for the standard size.

SuperStroke S-Tech

Created by the makers of popular oversized putter handles, these grips have a soft, tacky feel that is the result of a quad-compound rubber. The company says its revised Cross-Traction technology provides increased surface traction for a better grip in all weather conditions. It is available in black, gray or blue, and in standard size and midsize (black only). Weight: 52 grams for the standard size. Cost: $5.99 for the standard size.

Champ C8

This grip is infused with Kevlar for what the company calls a much-expanded life expectancy. It also uses an anti-shock wrap to absorb unwanted vibrations and a tacky compound to help in all weather conditions. Available in standard size only, it comes in black, gray, white, blue, green, pink, orange and yellow. Weight: 48 grams. Price: $15.99.

Boccieri Secret Grip

These grips provide backweighting – an old technique of adding weight to the butt of the club to reduce the overall swingweight because the grip is relatively heavier to the head than other grips. The company says backweighting, which has been used by some Tour players for decades, will help amateurs swing on a better path with less casting in the backswing. The company also says players gain clubhead speed. It is available in standard size and midsize. Weight: 92 grams for both sizes. It is available in black, red, white and blue. Cost: $9.99 for the standard size.

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