The golf grip. An integral part of your golf equipment that might be taken for granted or completely overlooked. Yet without one on the end of your shaft it makes swinging a golf club a little more difficult. The grip is important when it comes to golf equipment because it not only is your connection to the golf club – your hands and glove notwithstanding – but the grip also helps to reduce vibration and absorb energy at impact with the golf ball.
Many thanks go out to a few people for this testing opportunity. First of all there’s Claudio DeMarchi (www.travelinggolfer.net) who got the tires rolling for this opportunity and secondly Jeff Dezen of public relations firm JDPR (www.jdpr.com) who handles marketing and communications for Golf Pride.
Golf Pride has its roots in Cleveland, Ohio and has been producing golf club grips since 1949. During this time it was Golf Pride that invented “slip-on grips”. Moreover, Golf Pride claims to have more major wins than any of its competitors and over 80% of golf professionals around the world play their grips. In fact, Tommy Bolt was the first player to win a major with Golf Pride. Bolt won the 1958 U.S. Open
Arrangements were made for me to test and review a newcomer to the Golf Pride stable. The new Golf Pride CPx. As Golf Pride says the CPx grip is a “Soft grip for a hard game”. Available in four sizes (Undersize, Standard, Midsize, and Jumbo) these grips are relatively light as the Standard size weighs in at 52 grams. This weight is somewhere in between other Golf Pride stablemates like the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align and the MCC Plus 4. On the other side of the spectrum, the Jumbo grips weigh 82 grams.
The design of the grip features something newly developed by Golf Pride. What Golf Pride refers to as “EXO Diamond-Quilted surface pattern technology” which enhances the feel and actual grip onto the club. Coupled with a very tacky and soft rubber, the “EXO Diamond-Quilted” texture offers terrific feel in all weather conditions. Also, the CPx features a larger lower hand profile. The larger size of the lower hand promotes a lighter grip pressure for more clubhead speed/power.
For more on this review of the Golf Pride CPx grips, please click here.