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golf-grip™ Training Aid

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Pros: Easy to slide on, appealing design, versatile

Cons: Promotes short left thumb rather than long left thumb

 

I was pleasantly surprised the first time I experimented with the golf-grip™.  I'm personally not a huge fan of traing aids but I really liked how my hands felt on the club when I slipped it on.  The golf-grip™ is a pocket friendly product that allows golfers to improve or ingrain a good grip.  They say "perfect" but I've learned to avoid that word when it comes to golf a2_wink.gif  Ben Hogan said that good golf begins with a good grip.  While there is a lot of truth to that statement it's also important to understand there are several different styles of how to grip the club.  Several "good" grips to use IMO.  The grip is important, but the grip is not a differentiator between expert golfers and poor golfers, nor is there "one grip" that's perfect.

 

One aspect that good grips have in common is that the grip lies more in the fingers of the hand, rather than the palm.  Rarely do you see someone grip it too far in the fingers, most golfers err on the side of having the grip too far in the palm.  Where the fingers are place and where the grip lies in the hands is very important.  While you can have a strong, neutral grip,  Vardon, interlock, it would never be a good idea to have the grip lie in your palms.  Imagine trying to use a hammer and holding it in your palm.  The range of motion would be reduced and you sacrificing "feel" and precision.  The same goes for the golf grip, how much range of motion you give yourself with the wrists and how the golfer senses the weight of the club head.  

 

How does the golf-grip™work?  It simply slides onto the shaft and then you slide it up the grip.  There is an alignment aid, a white line that you align with the club face.  There is even some graphics printed on the golf-grip to left you know where to put your fingers.  Basically very easy to use for a beginner and a good reminder to a veteran golfer.

Nicklaus felt like he gripped it more in the palm but Nicklaus had very short fingers.  That's the beauty of the golf-grip, players with different hands can still learn and practice with it.  It allows you to find what's right for you. 

 

The golf-grip was designed in conjunction with several PGA instructors and was tested on hundreds of golfers of all abilities.  Golf-grip™ was developed over 5 years, through many hours of ergonomic research and design development.  It also seems that the golf-grip™ was modeled after Hogan's setup, with the grip running across the middle of the top joint of the index finger of the left hand, and crossing the palm ending up against the heel of the palm.  I like to have the heel pad slightly more on top of the grip(pic below) and the golf-grip allows for that adjustment.

 

 

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There are many training aids, especially in the grip segment that just look cheap.  According to golf grip, many golf products use Nylon, which becomes brittle in the cold and will invariably break or snap as a result. Others use cheap rubbers, which are too flexible and distort exceptionally easily. The golf-grip uses a combination of injected sports grade Pebax® TPE combined with a soft TPR were found to be the optimum components. The different density of these materials allows the golf-grip™ to be soft and comfortable on the surface, yet stiff to the core, making it strong enough to grip your club with minimum deformation.

 

The golf-grip™ was designed to fit both standard and the oversized grip. Other sizes of the golf-grip™ are in the development stages.  Not only is the training aid durable but it's easy to carry around, lightweight and doesn't take up much room.

Another aspect I like of the golf-grip is how inconspicuous it is.  It seems I'm not the only one that doesn't like to attract a lot of attention.  Through their testing golf-grip found that most golfers, regardless of ability, do not like to advertise the fact that they are using a training aid. So, unlike some competitors that use bright colors,the golf-grip™ is only available in a discreet black that blends in with a standard black rubber club grip.

To be honest it's tough to come up with a Con for  the golf-grip™.  I think the price of $22.99 is fair.  It's going to last you a long time and could be a very important piece to you becoming a better golfer.  The only thing I'm not a fan of is that  the golf-grip™ seems to promote a short left thumb.  Again very much like the Hogan model, having very little or not space between the thumb and the left index finger.  I like to see a long left thumb, where the left thumb has some space from the index finger and is stretched out.  Just gives you a better opportunity to create more leverage.  The bottom line is that  the golf-grip™ should be on a lot of golfer's Christmas lists because it's simple to use, a functional grip is essential to hitting good golf shots and you can practice with it anytime and anywhere.  Keep a spare club in your office or TV room, spend 5-10 minutes a day the golf-grip™ and I think you'll see some positive results.

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golf-grip™ Training Aid
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The golf-grip™ is a unique tool that can be used on any club in the Golfers' bag. Designed in conjunction with several PGA Golfers the golf-grip™ was tried and tested on hundreds of Golfers of all abilities. Consistent use is found to promote 'muscle memory' allowing the Golfer, with practice and time, to achieve the perfect grip - without assistance.

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