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.
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.
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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It’s about time I got a better grip on my golf game and I’m happy to report that I’ve got some new Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align grips in for review.
The red line you see is a ridge that rises when the grips are installed. At first I thought the ridge would go on the top of the club for a visual alignment aid. But the ridge extends down the back of the grip and helps the player with hand alignment via feel.
I play a couple of rounds in the next few days, then I’ll be having my old grips removed and the Tour Velvet Align grips installed. I’m looking forward to testing these for the next weeks and months. I’m very anxious to see how their performance in wet conditions is. My old grips were great, but when my hands were sweaty or during rain, they became very slippery.
Stay tuned for the full HOG review soon.
After a few months of gaming the Golf Pride Tour Wrap grips on my newest irons, the Bridgestone J15DF Driving Forged Irons, I’m ready to post my findings.
I didn’t want to use these grips at all. I’ve been suffering from pretty bad golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow since last year. These grips are advertised as shock absorbing, but I didn’t believe it based on how hard they felt. But rather than ripping them off my irons without even trying them, I thought I’d give them a chance and I’m glad I did.
Tour Wrap Features
The grip is made to look like an old school leather wrapped grip, but it is really a one piece rubber grip. The rubber is extremely tacky, even after months of play and dozens of rounds. Unlike an old school leather grip, the rubber material in the Tour Wrap lasts a long time and is extremely durable.
The Tour Wrap is available in black (pictured), red, blue, and white.
A couple of the colors also have different sizing available. The white model is available in regular and midsize. The black is available in regular, midsize, jumbo, and undersize.
On The Course
Though these feel hard to me when just gripping them, somehow the grip does a great job of isolating and reducing vibration. That really has helped me stay in the game without experiencing a lot of pain with the elbows. In fact, since I switched the irons and put on these grips, my pain has nearly gone away completely.
The tackiness of the grip ensures ultimate control and feel for me. No slipping and no death grip needed to keep the club under control.
The only time I have a grip issue is in the rain. If the grip gets wet it can turn quite slippery.
Even after months, I barely see any wear and the grips are still as tacky as the day I first tried them.
Tacky, durable, great feel. What more could one want in a golf grip?