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HOG and Golf Pride “First Major” Giveaway

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, April 5th, 2019
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I play Golf Pride grips. 80% of the PGA TOUR follows my lead, despite not getting paid by Golf Pride. That’s the sign of a really great product.  I love the Align technology for my full swing clubs, and for my putter I game the TOUR SNSR.

I haven’t been one for doing a lot of contests and giveaways in the past, but I thought I’d change that up a bit and do a giveaway in honor of the 2019 Masters Tournament.  I worked out a gift package with Golf Pride featuring 13 Limited Edition “First Major” MCC ALIGN Grips and the t-shirt pictured below.

The grips and shirt in this package are not available for sale, anywhere. Only a few select Tour players have them, and of course the soon-to-be winner of the 2019 HOG/Golf Pride “First Major” contest.

HOW TO PLAY

I can’t just give these incredible grips and t-shirt away to anyone. I need to make the winner work for it. Here’s how to win them:

  1. On Twitter, make sure you follow @HOGGOLFBLOG and @golfpridegrips
  2. Retweet any HOG “First Major” contest tweet with your pick for the Masters winner. The player must be a Golf Pride user.

The winner will be announced the day after the Masters Tournament concludes.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen at random.

Happy tweeting and GOOD LUCK!


Review: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Golf Grips

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Categories: Golf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf GearReviews
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I take my golf reviews seriously and spend a lot of time with equipment reviews.  This isn’t a “put one grip on one club and hit five balls on the range” review like one might find on lesser golf blogs! I’ve now had the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align golf grips on my entire gamer set for 10 weeks.  I play an average of 3-4 rounds per week. During that 10 weeks I’ve experienced everything from freezing cold, humid, rain, and the last few weeks super hot and dry conditions.  I’m not a glove wearer, so my connection and dependence on good grips is even more critical. If my hands slip, it’s bad news. Let’s take a look at these grips and how they have, and continue to fare.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Golf Pride Tour Velvet is the #1 grip played on worldwide golf tours.  It features a scientifically designed non-slip surface pattern with plus sign textures. The texture helps pull moisture away from the surface and reduce slipping.  The rubber material used to manufacture the grip is optimized for feel and playability.

The “Align” portion of the grip is quite interesting.  There’s a red portion of the grip which is positioned on the bottom side and runs the length of the grip.  When the grip is installed on the shaft, this ridge rises up slightly.  The raised ridge will be perfectly lined up with the club face if the grip is installed properly.  The golfer can feel this ridge in the grip and can associate the club face position and alignment with an actual tactile feel.

Sizes/Weight

Size Weight Core Size
Standard 52g 60 ALIGN
Midsize 63.5g 60 ALIGN

On The Course

It was interesting feeling the Align ridge the first time I used the grips. Knowing that the ridge was aligned with the club face helped me be aware of the position of the face through different parts of the swing. Over time the ridge has become part of my normal feel and setup. I don’t notice it much now, but will take note if my setup wanders or I feel like I’m not aligned properly.

As I mentioned, I don’t wear golf gloves. I can feel my connection to the grip in all parts of my hand and I seemingly lose a lot of control and distance if any part of my grip slips. Even in sweaty (a.k.a. nervous/high pressure) situations I found the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align grips to be super sticky and responsive. The surface of these grips is superb. In damp morning conditions or rain I’ve not had any slippage issues.

Final Thoughts

The golf grip connects the golfer to the club. It’s a crucial piece of golf equipment.  The Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip insures distance control, power, accuracy, and proper feel.  Adding the Align feature to the equation gives more confidence, feedback, and proper setup to the golfer for even better results.

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Review: Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter Grip

 


Review: Golf Pride Tour SNSR Putter Grip

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Categories: Golf AccessoriesGolf ClubsGolf EquipmentGolf GearReviews
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The most important club in the bag other than one’s brain, is the putter. 40-50% of all the strokes a golfer records on the course are with the putter. Putting is certainly the strength of my game. I rely on my putting big time to make up for other deficiencies in my game. Having the right putter setup is crucial. If any part of the setup is off even slightly, putts will be missed. Without the right weight and grip size/shape, the strength of my game would be neutralized.  I don’t roll with the jumbo grips because they reduce the feel for me, and I don’t have a problem with breaking my wrists.

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I’ve found the perfect grip for my putting, the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour (there’s a straight model as well). It’s a mid-sized grip with a taper which fits great in my hands.  The taper is known as a pistol shape.

The grip is made from a proprietary rubber which feels soft and comfortable in the hands, and translates the feel of impact from the head to my hands.  This is called “feedback.”  Feedback is extremely important for any club, but putting is especially crucial because there is so much touch and feel involved.

On The Course

I’ve had this grip on my putter since before my trip to Scotland this past summer.  It has been a fantastic grip and I’ve putted very well with it.  Last week I had a round with 22 putts, starting off with eight 1-putts in a row.  I’ve found the SNSR to be perfect in call conditions, from slow to fast greens and even with the Texas wedge (my best wedge).  It was tremendous on the hard links ground of Scotland, even from 50-70 yards out in the fairway!

Conclusion

When the original grip on my Dornoch Putters Mad Dog 1 finally wore out, I went through several grips.  That special putter has a handmade milled aluminum head, and it provides a ton of feel and feedback.  I needed a grip that can compliment that amazing putter and the Golf Pride SNSR Contour is a perfect match.


First Look: TourMark Golf Grips

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 5th, 2016
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I need more putters… so I can put all of these grips on them! I just got a batch of samples in from TourMark.  These are the exact type of feel I love, tacky and with some softness to them.  Check them out:
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There’s a Scotland themed one too. I neeeeeed that one. I hope to test some of these when the snow melts this spring. I may give a few out to some pals to test too. I can’t change putter grips that often. As much as I want to try them all I don’t want to muck the one part of my game up that is good, my putting.


Supplementary Review: UST Mamiya Soft Touch Golf Grips

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, November 14th, 2014
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While I was happy with my previous set of Golf Pride CP2 Wrap grips in terms of performance and durability, it was necessary for me to change them out because of the recurrence of my golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. The grips were too hard.

UST Mamiya Soft Touch Golf Grips

UST Mamiya Soft Touch Golf Grips

I did a lot of research and inquiries on grips. In order to help prevent golfer’s elbow or at least keep it from getting worse, midsize and soft is the way to go.  I’ve never liked small hard grips, especially cord style.  I’ve always liked more mushy ones.  Perhaps that’s because I don’t wear a glove.

I contacted my friend Danny at UST Mamiya since I previous reviewed their Soft Grips back in 2012 and loved them.  I remember Danny and UST Mamiya being very cool to work with.  They were kind enough to send in recent set of these great Soft Touch grips.  I’ve been playing them for a couple of months now.

Features

Soft Touch grips are made from polyurethane, similar to materials found in golf balls. Urethane covered golf balls are softer and higher performance. These materials reduce vibration and give the grip a soft feel.

The grips design pattern and embossing not only looks cool, it provides traction and greater feel in all conditions.

On The Course

Just like before, I’m very happy with the feel and performance of the Soft Touch grips.  This batch is even better looking than my old set, in the more rock-n-roll style all black.

I love the feel of my clubs, and the shock to my elbows has been noticeably reduced.  The grips perform flawlessly and are very durable.

After spending most of the summer in pain, I’m hoping that my recent cortisone shot and new grips will mean the end of the problems.

Related Links

UST Mamiya website

HOG UST Mamiya image gallery


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