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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

I was in a sporting goods store this morning and noticed they had a set of Adams RPM's on clearance for $150. When I casually mentioned this to my wife, she ordered me to go back in and purchase them. I got halfway across the parking lot and decided against it.

 

Here's my logic... I play with a previously used set of Adams A4's. The grips probably need to be replaced and the faces and soles are becoming beat up. Since working and spinning the ball is above my skill level, I'm not worried about the faces being worn. But the worn grips will probably hurt my game and I never had them fitted.

 

I'd rather take the $150 and...

 

1. Have my current clubs fitted and re-gripped or

 

2. Put it towards a new set which I believe if purchased at the golf center will include a free fitting.

 

Suggestions?

post #2 of 20

Don't buy anything you don't really want.

post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by JonMA1 View Post

I was in a sporting goods store this morning and noticed they had a set of Adams RPM's on clearance for $150. When I casually mentioned this to my wife, she ordered me to go back in and purchase them. I got halfway across the parking lot and decided against it.

Here's my logic... I play with a previously used set of Adams A4's. The grips probably need to be replaced and the faces and soles are becoming beat up. Since working and spinning the ball is above my skill level, I'm not worried about the faces being worn. But the worn grips will probably hurt my game and I never had them fitted.

I'd rather take the $150 and...

1. Have my current clubs fitted and re-gripped or

2. Put it towards a new set which I believe if purchased at the golf center will include a free fitting.

Suggestions?
Did you WANT to get them? If you wanted them, you should have got them. 150 is a hell of a deal. If you didn't want them, just don't get em!
post #4 of 20

I concur with the responses above, but will just add that grooves also help generate backspin and reduce fliers as well as well-struck shots that fall out of the air. Grooves have much less to do with any "sidespin" than "backspin."

post #5 of 20

Does your wife have a sister?  :-D

 

You did good, you held off and will wait for the fitted set.  

post #6 of 20
I agree with the other posts. Why buy if you don't want. In the end buy what you want
post #7 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by JonMA1 View Post
 

I was in a sporting goods store this morning and noticed they had a set of Adams RPM's on clearance for $150. When I casually mentioned this to my wife, she ordered me to go back in and purchase them. I got halfway across the parking lot and decided against it.

 

Here's my logic... I play with a previously used set of Adams A4's. The grips probably need to be replaced and the faces and soles are becoming beat up. Since working and spinning the ball is above my skill level, I'm not worried about the faces being worn. But the worn grips will probably hurt my game and I never had them fitted.

 

I'd rather take the $150 and...

 

1. Have my current clubs fitted and re-gripped or

 

2. Put it towards a new set which I believe if purchased at the golf center will include a free fitting.

 

Suggestions?

Depending on which grips you choose, it'll cost you around $150 to have 13 grips replaced. ( unless you DIY)   

 

 

IMO....................if you like the look of the RPM's, by all means........go buy them!  It's a steal and you can have a new set of clubs for the price of re-gripping the old ones!  

 

my 2 cents.....

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.

 

Most of what I think I know about golf is from reading the posts on this site. Two opinions that seem consistent are that you should try out clubs before you buy them and you should be fitted for them once you've made the decision. Another common opinion is that you should like how they look at address.


Yes, I liked the look of them but could say that about most new clubs (especially the Mizunos). And yes, I did want them but I have to be smart about this. I don't want to spend money just to have something new and shiny. I want something new and shiny that will help my game. A new set from a golf shop will cost  2 or 3 times more but if that includes me trying them first and also includes a "free" fitting, it might be worth it.


I didn't realize that new grooves would potentially help so that's good to know. I also didn't know re-gripping was so expensive. I think I can rule out putting any more money into the set I have.


Alright, I'm glad I asked, thanks again.

post #9 of 20

Other than new grips, btw, don't buy cheap ones. I'd suggest maybe investing in some lessons if you haven't already...:-D

post #10 of 20
If you plan on really being a golfer, learn to re-grip your own clubs. It's easy. And a lot cheaper. Google how to do it.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by vangator View Post

If you plan on really being a golfer, learn to re-grip your own clubs. It's easy. And a lot cheaper. Google how to do it.

 

Or just get PURE grips and don't worry about that stuff.  PURE Grips 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by vangator View Post

If you plan on really being a golfer, learn to re-grip your own clubs. It's easy. And a lot cheaper. Google how to do it.

I disagree with this. Golftown charges $2 a grip for regripping, so less than $30 for a full set. They also have a HUGE sale on grips every February (IIRC), one year I got Winn Lites for $1 each ($3 installed), redid my entire set for under $50 tax in. Wasn't crazy about the Winns but that's besides the point. If you time your regrip with their clearance sales, which should be a no-brainer as it's in the middle of the off season, you can get it done pretty cheaply. I don't know what the initial outlay would be on equipping yourself to DIY but, in my experience, having someone else do the regrip can be very reasonable if you're savvy about it. I also know a local driving range with an indoor facility that regularly has deals on 13 grips installed for a flat fee that ranges from $14-$30 depending on the grips they're clearing out.

 

Unless you're stealing grips, I don't how you can beat those prices and that's without even considering the time and hassle you're saving.

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by vangator View Post

If you plan on really being a golfer, learn to re-grip your own clubs. It's easy. And a lot cheaper. Google how to do it.

I'm not sure how to take the first part of this (all this time I thought I was a golfer), but I appreciate the advice. I've wanted to learn to re-grip for some time now. I'll give it a shot and see how it goes.

 

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Originally Posted by iacas View Post
 

 

Or just get PURE grips and don't worry about that stuff.  PURE Grips 

I just ordered the PURE compressor attachment and a set of PURE grips. Both the set and the gun together were less than $50 - maybe because the grips are orange. Thanks for the advice.

 

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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post
 

I disagree with this. Golftown charges $2 a grip for regripping, so less than $30 for a full set. They also have a HUGE sale on grips every February (IIRC), one year I got Winn Lites for $1 each ($3 installed), redid my entire set for under $50 tax in. Wasn't crazy about the Winns but that's besides the point. If you time your regrip with their clearance sales, which should be a no-brainer as it's in the middle of the off season, you can get it done pretty cheaply. I don't know what the initial outlay would be on equipping yourself to DIY but, in my experience, having someone else do the regrip can be very reasonable if you're savvy about it. I also know a local driving range with an indoor facility that regularly has deals on 13 grips installed for a flat fee that ranges from $14-$30 depending on the grips they're clearing out.

 

Unless you're stealing grips, I don't how you can beat those prices and that's without even considering the time and hassle you're saving.

I don't think there's anyone in this area that'll do it that cheap but you're right, if done correctly it can be inexpensive. The guy who owns the simulators I use in the winter will put new grips on if I buy them. Forgot exactly what he charges but it wasn't much.

 

Even if the savings aren't that great, re-gripping clubs might be cool to learn.

post #14 of 20
I like your thinking in your first post.
post #15 of 20

Re-gripping my clubs is something I like to do myself just because I know it'll be done correctly. I had a putter grip put on incorrectly twice (I had to pay both times) and I haven't had another person do my grips since. It's just something that makes me more comfortable and confident over the ball because it means I know I did everything I could to put the best club possible into my hand for that shot.

post #16 of 20

I just started re-gripping and it is very easy.  The first two clubs were a little difficult, but I learned not to buy cheap grips...they were very thin, smell very rubbery, and they were very hard to push on because I had to put a bunch of tape under them to try and widen the grip.

 

The 3rd one took less than 5 minutes.  I was bored the other day and didn't want to go out to the garage, so I just used hairspray and slid it right on.  The Golf Pride Tour Velvet is much better and was much easier than the cheap Medallist grips I got from Golfsmith.

post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by westcyderydin View Post
 

I just started re-gripping and it is very easy.  The first two clubs were a little difficult, but I learned not to buy cheap grips...they were very thin, smell very rubbery, and they were very hard to push on because I had to put a bunch of tape under them to try and widen the grip.

 

The 3rd one took less than 5 minutes.  I was bored the other day and didn't want to go out to the garage, so I just used hairspray and slid it right on.  The Golf Pride Tour Velvet is much better and was much easier than the cheap Medallist grips I got from Golfsmith.

 

I finally received the Pure grips yesterday and regripped 6 irons in about an hour. It was as easy as everyone described. The rest of the grips should arrive tomorrow.  I'm a bit nervous about the driver and fairways, but we'll see how that goes. I was even able to remove the old Adams grips without cutting them off. Since they're not in too bad of shape, they'll go on an older set I have laying around.

 

Thanks to everyone for the advice.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

I disagree with this. Golftown charges $2 a grip for regripping, so less than $30 for a full set. They also have a HUGE sale on grips every February (IIRC), one year I got Winn Lites for $1 each ($3 installed), redid my entire set for under $50 tax in. Wasn't crazy about the Winns but that's besides the point. If you time your regrip with their clearance sales, which should be a no-brainer as it's in the middle of the off season, you can get it done pretty cheaply. I don't know what the initial outlay would be on equipping yourself to DIY but, in my experience, having someone else do the regrip can be very reasonable if you're savvy about it. I also know a local driving range with an indoor facility that regularly has deals on 13 grips installed for a flat fee that ranges from $14-$30 depending on the grips they're clearing out.

Unless you're stealing grips, I don't how you can beat those prices and that's without even considering the time and hassle you're saving.

So, you'd rather spend $50 to re-grip rather than $15? A roll of double sided tape cost $10 and will last years. Home Depot has mineral spirits pretty cheap. I keep that around for various jobs.

When you find a really good blowout on grips, you can pick them up and save them till later.
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