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Just how overhyped are grips?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I play a set of DCI irons from 1996.

They are awesome, but I might invest in new grips.

As you can tell, I am not an equipment *****.

So, can I just get the basic $5 grip?  

Are the $10 grips that much better, or just marketing/hype/markup?

Most things in life, I buy the 2nd cheapest, unless it can be proven the product is superior.

 

My point is, with 15 year old grips, ANY new grip will be a big difference, even the cheapest.

post #2 of 28

New grips will make a big difference. I would recommend going to a golf and trying different grips. I really like Lamkin Crosslines and they a fairly cheap at about $4 each. 

 

I would also recommend saving the money and regripping them yourself instead of a golf store doing it. 

post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

Is it hard to regrip the clubs yourself ?

I think the local course charges $5-10 per grip, and this includes labor.

Is it worth it if I am already paying for it?

I guess I should search for a DIY ?

post #4 of 28
It's very easy tore grip yourself. You'll need a hook blade in a utility knife to remove your current grips. Once the grip is removed, remove all the old tape. Clean the shaft with either grip solvent or acetone to remove all the old adhesive residue. If you purchase your grips from a store you will also want to purchase grip solvent,grip tape, and a shaft holder that you place in a vice.
If you purchase your grips from an on line retailer they sell grip kits that include everything you need.
Rather than trying to explain step by step the process you cangoogle any number of utube videos that show you how to regrip.while the initial investment in grip solvent, tape etc may be more than you would pay to have someon do the regrip for you, it will be cheaper the next time you regrip. I would say that you should regrip at least once a year if you play on average once a week. It's also nice to be able to try one new grip on a club before you buy a whole set just to see if you like it. I used to buy mid size grips but have found that I actually like the oversize grips better.
post #5 of 28

Look up PURE Grips.

 

There are a few threads here and a review on this site as well.

post #6 of 28

Lots of newer designs, new materials, etc. out there.  I tend toward the simpler.  Lamkin Crossline or Golf Pride Tour Velvet are both good grips.  Used by lots of tour players, not too expensive, and last a long time (probably not 15 years, though).

 

If you have a vice, all the materials (shaft holder, grip tape, solvent) to do the job yourself will only come to $15 or so, if you buy them from a golf store like Golfsmith. I've never tried the water-activated grip tape, but that would be even cheaper as you wouldn't need the solvent.

 

http://www.golfsmith.com/cm/search/gripping-supplies

post #7 of 28

Use a grip you just cut off to wrap around the shaft to protect it from the vise jaws,I always do my own regripping I think you can get golf pride velvets for $4-$5, determine what you got right now like if they are ribbed or round. Ribbed is a raised rib along the bottom side of the shaft and players like it cause it gives a spot for the fingers to grip on. I personally like it cause I feel the rib gives more natural contact to your hands/fingers.

post #8 of 28
Compared to the rest of the bag, grips are so cheap you should just go buy whichever you prefer.

I can vouch for the Pure grips. Look up reviews and user reviews.
post #9 of 28

I prefer the Pure grips, also.

post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Texas Tee View Post

I prefer the Pure grips, also.

 

Is there a difference between aftermarket Pure grips and ones put on by OEMs? I purchased a couple wedges that had Pure grips and they felt pretty much exactly the same as Golf Pride or Lamkin Crossline. They're fine, but I prefer a full cord so I got them switched to Golf Pride Players Softie Full Cord - yeah that just rolls off the tongue.

post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by sean_miller View Post

Is there a difference between aftermarket Pure grips and ones put on by OEMs? I purchased a couple wedges that had Pure grips and they felt pretty much exactly the same as Golf Pride or Lamkin Crossline. They're fine, but I prefer a full cord so I got them switched to Golf Pride Players Softie Full Cord - yeah that just rolls off the tongue.

 

I don't know, but I do know that their first run of the wide array of colors they have now used a different rubber maker and they weren't good. They replaced a full order of ours (hundreds of grips) for free. They were "okay" but really a lot firmer and not as tacky, soft, or rubbery as the good rubber. They owned up to it at the PGA show and said "call us and we'll re-send all your grips," so I think it was maybe September/October of last year through the end of the year and maybe into early January that they had some funny grips.

 

You may have gotten one of those funny grips.

post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Used2PlayALot View Post

Is it hard to regrip the clubs yourself ?

I think the local course charges $5-10 per grip, and this includes labor.

Is it worth it if I am already paying for it?

I guess I should search for a DIY ?

Once you have got the gear it takes about a minute tops ...once you have got the old tape off....also check out Golfworks online they have Black Widow grips at 99c.I've just bought a set and they are great and if they are not for you at 99c you haven't lost big time at $7 a grip on some others.

post #13 of 28

My course doesn't charge labor for grips. They do Tour Velvets for like $6-7 a club. I recently got the Golf Pride VBR grips and I really like them. Same price as tour velvet, but a bit more tacky.

post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 

So, there's no point in doing it myself if the course includes installation, correct?

They range from $4-$10 a grip.

post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Used2PlayALot View Post

So, there's no point in doing it myself if the course includes installation, correct?

They range from $4-$10 a grip.

Yeah may as well let them do it, if the grips have not been changed for 15 years on your DCI's your gonna love how they feel with new ones on, once again people want to go buy new clubs when getting new grips can make all the difference.So I don't think getting new grips can be overhyped it's a necessity to playing good golf or your best.

post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by sean_miller View Post

Is there a difference between aftermarket Pure grips and ones put on by OEMs? I purchased a couple wedges that had Pure grips and they felt pretty much exactly the same as Golf Pride or Lamkin Crossline. They're fine, but I prefer a full cord so I got them switched to Golf Pride Players Softie Full Cord - yeah that just rolls off the tongue.
New grips may feel very much the same. They are always the most tacky and fresh as new. What I like about the Pure's is that they stay tacky "forever", where other grips tend to lose it and become dull much faster.
The Pure grips are also more tacky initially, but they stay very nice all the time. I wash them with dishwashing soap and water every now and then to remove dirt.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Zeph View Post

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Originally Posted by sean_miller View Post

Is there a difference between aftermarket Pure grips and ones put on by OEMs? I purchased a couple wedges that had Pure grips and they felt pretty much exactly the same as Golf Pride or Lamkin Crossline. They're fine, but I prefer a full cord so I got them switched to Golf Pride Players Softie Full Cord - yeah that just rolls off the tongue.
New grips may feel very much the same. They are always the most tacky and fresh as new. What I like about the Pure's is that they stay tacky "forever", where other grips tend to lose it and become dull much faster.
The Pure grips are also more tacky initially, but they stay very nice all the time. I wash them with dishwashing soap and water every now and then to remove dirt.

 

Hmm , , , that might be why I didn't care for them. Not exactly a huge fan of the tacky grips.

post #18 of 28

How important is the grip? One way to think of it is that the only part of the club you actually touch is the grip. Your connection to the club, and ultimately the ball, all starts with the grip. New grips feel great and have a big impact on me mentally.

 

I am not a DIY guy. I pay Golfsmith some flat fee that gives me discounts on service and a bunch of free re-grippings.

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