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post #1 of 19
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No love for Pure Grips.

 

http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-equipment/2014-08/hot-list-grips-photos#slide=1

post #2 of 19
Yeah, I really don't like how those things are compiled. PURE ftmfw.....
post #3 of 19
Meh. One sentence on each grip? It looks like they just read each company's website.
post #4 of 19

I have PURE on a set of irons ... trying them out in the Texas heat. Had some slippage last time out ... sweat -- let's see how they wipe down. And they arrive standard on Edel Irons.

 

But the Lamkin UTX looks interesting, Always have liked the 3GEN; WINN has something new with the Duratech -- rubber and a softer listing underneath ... wonder if Natalie will come by the house to demo ... not Butch, please...

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by boogielicious View Post
 

No love for Pure Grips.

 

http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-equipment/2014-08/hot-list-grips-photos#slide=1

 

They don't have a big enough advertising budget lol

post #6 of 19
I still like the old Avon Chamois. They might be softer than many golfers would like, but they keep their tackiness. I especially like them on blades to keep my hands from going numb on mishits.
post #7 of 19

I use Pure DTX for my irons and wedges but prefer Iomic "Black Armor" X-Evolution 2.3 grips for my hybrids and woods and Super Stroke Flatso Mid 17" for my putter. 

post #8 of 19
The fact that Golf Digest uses the scoring factor of "Demand" in their hot list rankings tells all you need to know. It's pure garbage. A sham. A mockery.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by colin007 View Post

The fact that Golf Digest uses the scoring factor of "Demand" in their hot list rankings tells all you need to know. It's pure garbage. A sham. A mockery.

But, as far as I could tell, they didn't even do that with the grips. They just gave a one-line comment about each one.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by jamo View Post

But, as far as I could tell, they didn't even do that with the grips. They just gave a one-line comment about each one.

You're right. I guess I was more referring to the hot list issue/bird cage liner they put out.
post #11 of 19

I use Gripmaster leather grips.  My hands sweat a lot.  With these I do not wear a glove (only sometimes when it is cold). 

They are very tacky.  When they become less tacky you rub them down with a wet towel and dry them and they become super tacky again instantly. 

 

They appear to be expensive but when you start doing the math they are not.

 

I bought these grips when they were on sale in 2011 and they came in at $15 each. or 13 clubs x $15 = $195.  I still use them all and don't see a need to change them in the near future.  So currently my expense per year for the grips are $15 per grip / 4 years = $3.75 per grip per year.  I don't think I am going to have to swap these out soon so the expense is not done dropping.

 

With a rubber grip I have to wear a glove.  They last 2 years and I swap them all at once.

In any year I would go through 4 gloves easily.  At $15 each that's $60.

Rubber Grips are easily $6 each x 13 = $78

 

For 2 years the grips and glove total cost are Grips $78 

For 2 years gloves cost 60 x 2 or 120

 

78 + 120 = 198.  198 / 2 (years) =  99  / 13 (clubs) $7.616  grip expense per year.

 

I am definitely not telling you to get leather grips.  In fact most of my friends do not like my grips.  My hands are pretty tough by the end of the golf season.  BUT it is something to consider.  If you are considering it I would suggest getting one grip to try out before you swap them all over.  If your hands sweat and you end up with nasty gross gloves I might more seriously consider it.

post #12 of 19

Dang, you mean Crosslines aren't on there?

 

I still use the ho-hum Lamkin Crossline --street price around $4. I rotate clubs a bit, so I usually get more than 2 years except maybe on the drivers.

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by dbuck View Post
 

Dang, you mean Crosslines aren't on there?

 

I still use the ho-hum Lamkin Crossline --street price around $4. I rotate clubs a bit, so I usually get more than 2 years except maybe on the drivers.

I love Crosslines! 

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by dbuck View Post
 

Dang, you mean Crosslines aren't on there?

 

I still use the ho-hum Lamkin Crossline --street price around $4. I rotate clubs a bit, so I usually get more than 2 years except maybe on the drivers.

I have Crosslines on all my clubs except the putter.  I love them!!   I only have one set of clubs, so I don't rotate them and am on my third year with the same grips on everything but the driver, which gets changed each year.   I scrub them down about once a month or so to keep them feeling new.

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by dbuck View Post
 

Dang, you mean Crosslines aren't on there?

 

I still use the ho-hum Lamkin Crossline --street price around $4. I rotate clubs a bit, so I usually get more than 2 years except maybe on the drivers.


I use the Croosline ACE 3Gen and I love these grips

post #16 of 19

The Hot List lists are apparently a popular feature in the magazine.  Magazine publishers tend to go for stuff that their readers like and that might entice someone to pick one up off the grocery store magazine rack.  They are also in the business of selling advertising space, so you can be pretty well assured they are not going to really scald one of their ad clients by running a negative report in the hot list.  When you take those facts into account, it is no surprise that the lists seem to be pretty lame in their overall information value.  Still, one might see a product they hadn't considered before.

 

My vote is still for Golf Pride New Decade grips, but being happy with them I really haven't tried many others.

post #17 of 19

The first one on their list:

GOLF PRIDE
CP2 WRAP/CP2 PRO

Is a gold medal recipient.  I recently had my driver gripped with the CP2 Wrap.  I can normally pretty much get along with anything, and this is supposed to combine soft feel with durability and features some kind of low-torque technology (control-core).

 

It was absolutely horrendous (for me)!  The rubber formulation they chose allows a lot of twisting in the right hand, almost as though the grip is on loose.  Scary lack of control.  I think they thought they had found something something really soft that wouldn't wear out so quickly, discovered the twisting issue, then added "control-core" to sort it out but couldn't do anything about the twisting down lower.  A complete whiff by Golf Pride.  I blew it off with compressed air and put on a $6 Lamkin Crossline Ace 3Gen myself (the gray one), which leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.  So I saved the CP2 Wrap intact, but can't think of anything I would ever want to use it on.

 

Of course a true objective review here would have helped the reader, as I'm sure one swing from a pro could have identified this serious flaw for anyone who ever swings hard.  I don't know if the same issue applies to the CP2 Pro, but I suspect it does not.  For me it was only one club, but I was pretty disappointed with the result of my "expensive grip" experiment when I could have tried a Super Tack or anything else for that matter instead.

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by inthecup View Post
 

I use Gripmaster leather grips.  My hands sweat a lot.  With these I do not wear a glove (only sometimes when it is cold). 

They are very tacky.  When they become less tacky you rub them down with a wet towel and dry them and they become super tacky again instantly. 

 

They appear to be expensive but when you start doing the math they are not.

 

I bought these grips when they were on sale in 2011 and they came in at $15 each. or 13 clubs x $15 = $195.  I still use them all and don't see a need to change them in the near future.  So currently my expense per year for the grips are $15 per grip / 4 years = $3.75 per grip per year.  I don't think I am going to have to swap these out soon so the expense is not done dropping.

 

With a rubber grip I have to wear a glove.  They last 2 years and I swap them all at once.

In any year I would go through 4 gloves easily.  At $15 each that's $60.

Rubber Grips are easily $6 each x 13 = $78

 

For 2 years the grips and glove total cost are Grips $78 

For 2 years gloves cost 60 x 2 or 120

 

78 + 120 = 198.  198 / 2 (years) =  99  / 13 (clubs) $7.616  grip expense per year.

 

I am definitely not telling you to get leather grips.  In fact most of my friends do not like my grips.  My hands are pretty tough by the end of the golf season.  BUT it is something to consider.  If you are considering it I would suggest getting one grip to try out before you swap them all over.  If your hands sweat and you end up with nasty gross gloves I might more seriously consider it.

Love the Gripmasters ... but one must make certain to hold on to the irons to get the cost benefit.

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