Hard to write a 3000 word review on golf grips, so this will be a lightning review. 497 words.
I’m not a fan of hard or coarse golf grips like cords. I’ve fought golfer’s elbow / tennis elbow for a few years and the hard grips make it worse. And how about the feel of hard grips when you’re playing blades or player’s clubs and you hit a 3-iron thin? Not fun.
UST Mamiya Soft Touch
I like the soft feel of grips like the new UST Mamiya Soft Touch golf grips. The grips are made from advanced technology polyurethane materials, resulting in soft feel but tight control in dry or wet conditions. I’ve had these grips on my irons, wedges, hybrids and fairways for quite a few rounds now. I like how my hand seems to blend in with the club. It is like the grip and hand become one. A good analogy would be that “smart” mattress material in those $5,000 beds which mold to your body. Despite the softness I still have great feel and feedback from the clubs. I can still tell where on the club face I’m making contact.
Short game is really great with the Soft Touch grips. Gentle pitches and chips are very easy to feel and execute.
It is winter here and not many rounds being played right now. I can’t yet comment about the durability of these grips. I need a couple more dozen rounds with them to really be able to comment. So I’ll do a followup post in a month or two with my findings on the durability.
I have to extend some thanks to the folks at UST Mamiya for their help. I had a problem with the first install of many of the grips. The installer (yes I should have done them myself) left the old tape on the clubs and used a ton of solvent. Since there wasn’t any new tape, he literally trashed five of the grips in attempting to put them on. See the pic on the right. I was heartbroken!
With the extra solvent and not using new tape, another four of the grips ended up bad. I’m talking really bad. I’m talking two inches long on the 6-iron, 1 inch long on the PW. The lob grip was folded over onto itself on the inside. It was a disaster. Thanks to UST Mamiya for understanding and sending in replacements. The next install was done perfectly with new tape and not too much solvent.
During install make sure that the cut edge of the shaft is not sharp and is properly covered with tape. Doing so will avoid the above mentioned damage to the lob wedge, and make putting them on much easier. And be sure to replace the old tape. Glad to help. That’s why I’m here.
Standard – 0.600 – 43 grams
Midsize – 0.600 – 47 grams
Undersized – 0.580 – 37 grams
I’m loving the feel and control of the Soft Touch grips. They’re also really sharp looking. If you like softer grips, try out the UST Mamiya Soft Touch golf grips.
UST Mamiya website
HOG UST Mamiya image gallery
I don’t do a lot of book reviews. For some reason I can last a few pages reading and then I get very sleepy. A reference book however, is a different story. I like books like this one, which I can refer to as needed.
Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way: Hone Your Game- From Green to Tee
Golf: Play the Golf Digest Way: Hone Your Game- From Green to Tee is a 320 page golf instruction book by Ron Kaspriske with contributions from Hank Haney, Butch Harmon, Jim McLean, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson.
This book is a substantial size at 8.5×11 inches. Inside the pages are 300+ full color illustrations and diagrams by golf pros and instructors covering every imaginable golf teaching subject as listed below.
- Bunker Play
- The Next Step
As the title and chapter list above indicate, this book takes the player from green to tee, not tee to green. It is said that the best way to teach or learn golf is by starting with the putter next to the hole. Make a six inch putt, then move to 12 inches. Keep moving back, all the way to the tee! That’s what this book does.
The photos and descriptions are excellent, and there are many of the top players from Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson to Rickie Fowler featured in the illustrations and photos. Below is an example by Phil Mickelson showing how to hit out of wet sand:
The book will be available for purchase on March 6, 2012. Here’s a direct link to Amazon for Golf: Play The Golf Digest Way if you’d like to preorder your copy.
“Why wasn’t this golf travel bag invented about 20 years ago?” That’s the first sentence that came out of my mouth the second I started carting around my new Sun Mountain ClubGlider Journey around the Salt Lake City International Airport a couple of weeks ago. I really could have used this ease when I was huffing my clubs in and out of airports on my big golf trip to St. Andrews, Scotland last summer. By the time I got to St. Andrews my right shoulder was very sore from bearing the weight of my golf bag.
The ClubGlider Journey is the newest and lightest model in the ClubGlider series of golf travel bags from Sun Mountain. The ClubGlider Journey is similar to many golf travel bags with the bottom half being a hard shell tray and the top half soft. That’s where the similarities end.
The Journey has a 2nd set of integrated retractable wheels which fold into the bottom tray for storage and travel. The legs extend and lock into place when moving the bag around airports and parking lots. With the four wheel setup, ALL of the travel bag’s weight is supported without the help of the schlepper. All the schlepper (bag carrier) needs to do is hold the handle at the top of the bag and guide the bag in whatever direction he’s going. (more…)
I’ve got a great new thermal hat, a.k.a. beanie, I’ve used for a couple of chilly rounds here. This one is a dual layer hat by Sun Mountain.
The outer layer is a soft fleece with the inner liner being a smoother “tricot” fabric. The fleece layer is a tighter pile than your standard fleece and is what is called “pill proof.” That simply means it won’t bunch up into those fleece lint blobs. The tricot liner is very comfortable and soft.
This hat isn’t quite as bulky as other fleece beanies I have which is quite nice. The fabric stretches to fit my
fat head cranium full of golf blogging genius. The fabric combinations keep the head and ears warm and also provide a wind barrier.
Currently Sun Mountain offers the thermal hat in three colors: black, charcoal, navy.
Sun Mountain web site
More Sun Mountain outerwear images
While at the PGA Show a few weeks ago, I was working on a freelance golf writing gig for my local golf association’s quarterly magazine (Fairways Magazine). The focus was Utah companies on display at the show. I found a very cool new company called Switch Belt. Switch is a one year old company which makes very unique plastic golf belts. Yes plastic.
Switch belts are made out of a thermoplastic resin (TPR). (Now this is starting to sound like a golf ball review. No the core of the belt doesn’t decrease spin and increase carry. Nor does the ultra thin cover of the belt produce high spin around the greens.) But, the thermoplastic resin is an Eco-friendly plastic which is biodegradable.