Pros: Looks, Feel, Tackiness
Cons: Almost too tacky!? Hard to believe I'm saying that!!!
I'm writing about Lamkin's 2012, R.E.L. 3GEN golf grips. These are the latest golf grips from Lamkin which feature a synthetic rubber compound, and have a minimalist look and feel. The timing of receiving these grips was perfect, as I was in the market for replacing the Winn Dri-Tac's that I've used since last Fall 2011.
Specifications that adhere to a Winning Formula
First lets start with the specification of the R.E.L. 3GEN grip. The standard grip size is .600" round, and 52g in weight. In comparison to the Winn Dri-Tac's standard 5DT-DG is also a .600" round, but weighs in at 48g. So the Lamkin's are a tad heavier.
The weight delta between the Lamkin R.E.L 3GEN's and the Winn Dri-Tac was the first thing I noticed when I started to swing my clubs at the range. The weight increase was subtle, but I could feel it for sure. For me, that was a welcomed change - as my irons feel rock solid now. And more importantly, my RBZ Tour 3W, a club I've struggled to hit consistently as of late felt much better. That extra 4g of weight just makes the club feel like I have control of the clubface... That was one of my beefs with my RBZ Tour 3W - was that the club felt too light in my hand. And would often times find myself over swinging the club. Now it feels better... It is amazing what 4g of counter weight (grip) can do for feel.
I'd say Lamkin has shined in this catergory - but sticking with a specification that has proven to work - and not tried to follow other manufacturers who are trying to experiment with lighter and lighter grip materials.
Looks that could Kill
Here in 2012 - many golf companies have began to offer golfers various color options to help accessorize and express themselves via their gear and equipment. Lamkin has followed suit offering the R.E.L. 3GEN grips in ten different color options. Looking at the options, I went with the minimalist look of flat black with a white end cap - polished off with the classic cursive Lamkin logo in white. These grips look legit - especially when you see them paired with my Black and White Adidas Tour AG stand bag. Nice and clean!
Material Equates to Premium Feel
The rubber compound found on the Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN's is pretty special when it comes to feel. Given I find myself often practicing at the range - hitting off driving range mats... One of the major things I like about these grips is the dampening of shock and vibration that the rubber material provides. Even off of turf - the club doesn't give back any of those nasty vibrations on a miss hit. But the rubber compound is unique in that it isn't so much of a dampener that it mutes the feel so much that you can't feel an off center hit. So as a serious golfer, who wants to know where you made contact, Lamkin has got it right with the R.E.L. 3GEN's. You'll know when you hit it off the heel or toe - versus an on center strike... And the best part, you won't have to worry about paying for the miss hit by having your hand ache for the next 5 minutes.
The Lamkin R.E.L. 3GEN's also have a nice tacky feel. In particular, I don't use a golf glove when I play. So I need a grip that won't slip in my hand. And having a grip that is secure - even in hot humid - or damp weather is extremely important to me. I've played in temperatures nearing 100 degrees with these grips - and haven't experienced any issues with the club slipping in my hand. In fact, I've experienced the opposite. The grips almost feel glued to my skin - and I did receive a nasty blister on my left index finger. Something that will heal - but it is interesting how these grips feel like they are laminated to my palms/fingers as I swing the club.
Lamkin has made a very nice golf grip in the R.E.L. 3GEN. And for a $5 grip... It is a steal. I'd highly recommend them as your next golf grip.