I’ve made two choices for my “winners” section, with the overall winner title for the best golf grips going to:
Winn New 2018 Dri-Tac X Standard Grip
The Winn Dri-Tac grips are considered the best of the best golf grips because when you combine the attractive appearance, decent value, ease of installation, and quality of grip and non-slip surface, these are the top golf grips. When it comes to grip, comfort and slippage have to rank highest on any golfer’s priority list. The Winn golf grip was extraordinary in my hands, not only well-fitting but responding so accurately to even the lightest touch.
I do like the way these grips look, too, and while I can’t be sure it’s the most durable, it exhibits all its other positive qualities in spades. I’ve already reordered this grip, and I couldn’t recommend it enough, whether you’re a pro or a beginner.
I’ve added one more award category, this time for “Best on a budget,” grips which I award to:
Karma Velour Midsize Black/White
The only drawback of this grip is that it’s not ideal for very humid conditions, but everywhere else, it’s a top pick. Golf is not a cheap game, and in my experience, when you find high-quality items with a very pleasing price tag, it’s like finding gold. If you’re trying to golf and save, then Karma grips are the way to go.
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Are Karma Golf Grips Any Good?
Golf is an expensive hobby, and so when low-priced key items come onto the market, many of us are tempted to buy them. Sometimes, it works out, and we save money. Other times, we find that it was worth spending more to guarantee higher quality.
Karma golf grips certainly fall into the “Great Value” as well “best golf grips” bracket, but being the best for me, doesn’t mean they will fit all golf players. To find out if Karma golf grips are the right choice for you, think about the following two things:
1. How often do you golf?
If you play very often, multiple times per week, then you may want to shell out a bit more money and get a more durable brand. Karma grips look the part and do the job, but they’re not built for what I call heavy-duty golfing. I often keep them as backups grips.
2. What’s your local climate?
If you live in an area with distinct seasons and no extremes of temperature or humidity, then these are perfect for you! You’ll just waste your money buying ones that promise better performance in high humidity because they are designed for more extreme weather. Karma serves the mild-weather community very well.
In summary, the Karma grips are a great value, and the overall quality is certainly better than the low price suggests. However, if you’re a serious golfer and play more often, you need one that will grip properly in all climates.
What is the Most Popular Golf Grip on Tour?
The most popular golf grip on tour is, by far, is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet® series. More than 80 percent of tour players make it their grip of choice. Tour velvet is so popular because it combines a rubber blend with non-slip surface for ultimate comfort and playability.
Most golf pride tour velvet players like the enlarged lower grip, which dramatically enhances the club’s power-to-performance ratio, which actually inspired the design for the pride tour velvet golf club . Ideally, you want a club that, when gripped, needs little force exerted but can still form a powerful swing.
The Tour Velvet’s innovative grip makes that easier for golfers to achieve than when using many other brands/styles.
What grip do Pro Golfers Use?
When it comes to the pros, branding can be somewhat misleading since the top players often sign exclusive deals with individual brands to use their clubs. As we know, this extends to clothing, bags, and other accessories, too.
Golf Pride is well represented in the professional circuit, as mentioned above, with some 80 percent of tour players using the Golf Pride brand for their competitions, but there’s a bit more to it.
The size and comfort level of the grip are also key factors. For example, pros tend to like the “hybrid” style made with a mixture of rubber and cord, since it offers the best all-round performance in all climate types.
Another consideration is the size. When you have more rigid wrists, like Bryson DeChambeau, you need bigger grips to compensate, like the JumboMax grip. Less flexibility in the wrist means less variation in your swing types, so larger grips help with that.
Are Bigger Golf Grips Better?
As we mention above, bigger golf grips are better for specific golfers.
1 – For players with arthritis or other hand/wrist problems
It used to be held by many that larger grips were exclusively for those who had arthritis or other hand or wrist issues. The large grip requires less movement in the wrist, thus alleviating the pain.
2 – Golfers with rigid wrists as their “default” setting
Golfers like Bryson DeChambeau, who don’t turn their wrists as they swing, benefit hugely from the enlarged grip like the JumboMax. DeChambeau also famously introduced the larger grip to fellow PGA tourer Kelly Kraft, whose standings greatly improved once he made the switch.
The lesson here is that bigger does not automatically equal better. Don’t think of the size of the grips as any indicator of quality. If you fit into either category described above, then switching to JumboMax or JumboMax Junior might be the right move for you.
We hope you are staying safe during this pandemic, and are able to at least work on your game a little during this time. Depending on what part of the world you live, you still may be able to play golf. If you are still allowed to play, you may want to check out our Push cart review to see if one works for you. You also want to see the our NX7 Slope rangefinder review from Precision Pro, along with our review of some great training aids. We are in love with the MISIG and the PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer. This has turned our Putter into the favorite club in our bag.