Choices. Something the modern golf industry has no lack of. Be it shafts, heads or grips, golf has no shortage of choices. Many of these choices are simply a “six on one hand, half a dozen on the other,” situation. Sure, an argument could be made for C-Tapers over Recoils or an argument could be made for a titanium driver head over a carbon composite head. However, for golf grips, there’s much less parity.
So What makes the best grip in golf?
Despite the lack of parity in grips, the big grip companies dump astronomical amounts of money in advertising to stay in the discussion. Despite these immense advertising budgets, BestGrips continues to compete on word of mouth alone due to our overwhelming superiority. So just what is the best golf grip out there? Your current mainstream options for golf grips are cords, plastics, rubbers, chamois, cabretta leather, kangaroo and of course leather.
Cord Golf Grips
Cord and half cord grips, the worst possible thing to make a golf grip out of. Sure, that blisteringly rough texture created by the cord gives the impression of a good gripping surface. However, get a cord golf grip wet and the cords immediately soak up the moisture. Good luck getting or keeping that dry! As far as comfort goes, there’s nothing like 100 sharp pieces of string wearing your hands out as you are supposed to be enjoying a game. If cords were golf shoes, the spikes would be on the inside of the shoe, digging into your feet as you walk.
Plastic Golf Grips
Plastic and polymer golf grips, created to make a golf grip posses never before seen colors, but left performance was left in the lab. While nothing may look as good as a bright, neon green golf grip sitting next to your bag, you may feel differently after a round in the rain, watching as the grips gets as slick as a Winter Olympics curling event, or after a few weeks when you’re breaking in your second or third set. Plastic grips may be a colorful alternative to rubber, but the jury is out on if they improve on the already subpar performance.
Rubber Golf Grips
Ah, rubber golf grips, the self proclaimed king of the gripping world. I say “self proclaimed” because they’ve advertised themselves as such for so long it’s almost believeable. Rubber golf grips came into being as a cheaper, mass produceable alternative to leather grips. However, durability, comfort and performance, never really reached the levels of leather. The biggest problem with rubber is its life expectancy. The second the rubber is vulcanized, its death clock begins ticking and not much can prolong it. I last used a rubber grip in 2003 and can’t say I miss them.
Chamois Golf Grips
Chamois and velvet grips popularity has waned of late. While they can provide a nice level in the short term, their moisture management is severely lacking. The level of comfort also compromises the longevity of the grip, something already lacking in its rubber cousin.
Cabretta Leather and Kangaroo Golf Grips
Cabretta leather is a fancy term for sheepskin. Sheepskin, a cheap and readily available material in countries with significant sheep herding, is a thin hide that makes a great golf glove. However, how do your gloves handle the sweat from your hands after a few rounds? Sheepskin has a low tensile strength making it prone to tearing and compromising its durability. Kangaroo is a protected species in many places and has import bans, including states in the USA. For this reason, sheep is often used as a replacement due to their similar textures.
Leather Golf Grips
I’m sure you’ve guessed where this is going. BestGrips is a leather golf grip company, of course they are going to slam, their cheaper, not as good, inferior, poor performing competitors, but leather hasn’t always been great. However, our leather golf grips are nothing like your father or grandfather’s leather golf grips of the 20th century.
A few things make genuine leather a great alternative to the man-made inferior imitations above. Unlike, the man-made blends above, leather contains no carcinogens or carbamates, making it the only grip for golfers with latex allergies. Leather is a natural material, so it’s comfort level in unmatched. Leather is a natural shock dampener, allowing you to still receive feedback without the jarring stingers on a chilly winter day that rubber grips amplify. Leather, most importantly, can also absorb. Sure, that used to make leather slippery when it absorbed water, but BestGrips has a secret that all other grip companies wish they could deploy/lose sleep over.
It’s called ProTack and when leather absorbs it, it transforms into the greatest grip material ever created. Durability, comfort and especially tackiness are all improved from their already superior positions. ProTack, a foodgrade, hypoallergenic, proprietary creation of BestGrips, reacts with moisture in the air and creates tackiness. It’s available in the MicroPerf, Classic and Gridiron Club Grips, and it’s truly what makes our club grips the best grips for golf.
I'm Zach, the owner of BestGrips, and the creator of the Grip Life. I'm an avid club gear-head and course rater for the Dallas Morning News. Sometimes, I play to my 2.1 handicap. You can also find me on GolfWRX, NLU's Refuge, and X as SewillZ.