Ever have this happen to you? You’re in the tee box, you set up and swing your driver only to have your golf club slip out of your hand, sending the ball flying out of bounds. It only needs to happen once, but once is enough. Your club needs a new grip.
I’ve had new grips put on my clubs a few times. But it usually means taking the clubs to the local pro shop and leaving them for a couple of days. You have to schedule it in between rounds of golf which is inconvenient. As a result I often put the process off for another day. Once I was lucky enough to get a new grip put on my driver while I waited. The store owner even let me in the back room to watch him as he used tape and added some goopy resin to the club shaft so that the grip would stick properly. It’s a bit nasty with the smell of solvents, etc.
At this year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando I made a connection with the manufacturers of PURE Grips, an all-weather line of grips that in their words…“combine everything golfers and pro shops want in a grip: superior feel and comfort, exceptional durability and easy installation, all at a great value.” Sounds impressive. But what’s in a grip anyway?
After the show, I connected with Wes Brasher, co-founder, CEO and President of PURE Grips. He was able to answer the question of how important the right grip is to your game and I was able to capture our conversation as a Skype podcast which you can listen to now, or download to listen later. (I totally screwed up the introduction… but Wes was easy to talk with and quickly helped me recover my “on-air poise”! :-D)
Some of the points we covered:
- When is it time to get new grips for your clubs?
- What are the types of grips that are available?
- How do you know which size grip is right for your hand?
One good thing about PURE Grips — no solvents or tapes are used in the installation process. They use an air-pressure contraption to re-grip clubs. (You can watch the process in this short video on their website.)
I’m one of those golfers who usually waits too long to change my grips. I play at least twice a week through an 8 month season… so that works out to about 50 – 60 rounds a season. That’s a lot of wear and tear on my golf grips. You think it might be time to get some replacements? Duh?
During our conversation Wes suggested I might want to test out some of their PURE Grips. I agreed and he promised to send me a variety of grip samples and a PURE Grips kit to install them. I’m going to drag out my air compressor as soon as they arrive and will report back on my success!
How often do you change the grips on your clubs? What type do you like? Add your comments in the section below.