From left: Lamkin R.E.L. with 3GEN, Golf Pride VDR, Winn Hero, Black Widow Widow Maker
Schecter Lee
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You've probably heard it plenty of times before, but the fact is that grips are the most overlooked piece of equipment in golf. Not only does the grip represent your one and only real connection to the club, it can have a lot to do with feel, control and even distance. And regripping is also the cheapest and easiest way to bring life back into your old clubs. Try some new grips — your sticks will feel a lot like they did when you first got them.

When choosing a new set of grips, don't make the mistake of simply focusing on the right size. Getting the size right is critical (see page 82), but the composition, pattern and design of a grip can also have an enormous effect on how they perform. Visit your local golf shop and actually put your hands on some of the new models. Pay attention to things like taper (the shape of the grip), tackiness, feel and even weight. If you have injury problems you can find models that absorb a fair amount of shock, or you can go with a mid- or oversized model. And don't be afraid to have a little fun with your new grips — there's a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures from which to choose.

Lamkin R.E.L. with 3GEN, $8
One of the oldest names in grips offers up a cool combination of soft feel, tackiness and vibration-dampening in its new R.E.L. model. A unique synthetic rubber (3GEN ) gives you the ability to apply very light grip pressure and still maintain total control of the club. Handsy players take note.
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Golf Pride VDR, $5
Grip manufacturing stalwart Golf Pride has gone high-tech. For proof check out the new VDR , with its three surface textures for enhanced feel and performance in all weather conditions. The VDR material also dampens vibration for improved comfort and less fatigue.
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Winn Hero, $9
This nifty new model weighs half as much as a typical grip, effectively increasing clubhead feel. Polymer cord construction provides plenty of traction, while the camouflage design offers plenty of style. A portion of all Hero sales proceeds goes to the Troops First Foundation to support U.S. soldiers.
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