Golf Grips are the crucial component of the golf club. The shaft delivers the head to the ball, the head tunes the launch and spin, and the ball provides fine-tuning. But what connects you to the club? The golf grip!
Your ability to make consistent, powerful, and accurate contact with the ball is directly affected by the quality and performance of the golf grips you use. Creating the world’s best handmade golf grip comes down to performance, design, and durability. We deliver all three with a golf grip proudly made in the USA.
Quite simply, nothing performs better than leather. An extensive marketing campaign has tarnished leather’s superiority as a golf grip. Why? Because leather is a much better choice for a grip. However, leather is expensive, requires tedious precision, and cannot be mass-produced in an industrial park with massive economies of scale. Because leather is a natural material and can breathe, moisture does not pool on the surface as it will with a plastic and rubber grip.
By adding ProTack to the Classic and MicroPerf models, we take this natural resistance to moisture to the next level. ProTack is a proprietary blend of food-grade materials that we produce in-house. No other company has access to ProTack by BestGrips. Others may claim to use ProTack or something similar, but only Best Grips ProTack will perform when the going gets tough. ProTack reacts to moisture and creates tack, making the Classic and MicroPerf Club Grips the only grips in golf that get tacky when wet. ProTack also increases the comfort level of the grips.
In comfort, leather has no equal. In a head-to-head comparison, non-leather grips will feel foreign and abrasive to the touch. Non-leather grips feel abrasive because they are wearing your hands away. You never want to feel anxious and uncomfortable before a golf shot. Leather is far more natural feeling and much softer to the touch. With leather, the wear on your hands is much easier.
The ProTaper is one of the best features of our Club Grips. Consulting TOUR pros, caddies, and some of the best amateurs, we found that almost everyone built up their club grips with an average of three wraps of tape underneath the dominant hand. Why? The standard rubber grip has too much taper. Why this design has become mainstream is baffling, considering the tastes of the game’s best. The ProTaper applies this concept to the creation of our Club Grip, creating less taper in the grip to the equivalent of three wraps of tape underneath the dominant hand.
The Pistol Putter Grip shape derives its name from the notch in the shape of the grip near the butt. This is a crucial element for anyone who putts with an arc in their stroke. The hands and their position is the deciding factor in how your body will move the putter back. The Pistol places your non-dominant hand on a different plane than the dominant hand, enabling you to swing the putter in a natural arc. For putters who prefer to move the putter with little to no arc, the Paddle allows your hands to enable a stroke closer to straight-back, straight-through. These putter grips are designed specifically to sync with your putter style and allow you the best chance of making your desired stroke.
All three grips share a few common features. The slip-on, non-rubber underlast allows the grip to be installed just like any other one-piece grip with solvent or air, saving you from having to wrap the grip yourself. The non-rubber underlast is crucial for golfers with latex and carbamate allergies and creates a longer-lasting grip. Finally, the stitched panel makes a leather grip that features the vast benefits of leather mixed with the preferences of the modern golfer. The seam in the back takes some getting used to, but once you’re acquainted with it, it is hard to go back to a non-seam grip.
As anyone with a leather jacket or shoes will tell you, leather wears in, not out. From the moment a non-leather grip ejects from the vat it is vulcanized in, the material begins to rot. Whether you install the non-leather grip immediately or wait, play every day, or once a week, that grip’s time is ticking. This often leaves you with a grip that is dramatically different from round to round. The world’s best players change their grips between tournaments, and some of the more particular players replace them between rounds. This is due to the grip wearing out. With leather, the material may change over time, but it is not wearing out. Instead, leather adapts to you. While the underlast may not last forever, the leather certainly will.
Since the conception of BestGrips, USA manufacturing has been a critical tenant in all things BestGrips. We hand-make each grip and head cover in the USA. All customizations, like embroidery and engraving, are done in-house instead of farming them out. This allows more custom options, no minimums, and lowers costs to you, the customer.
WHY BEST GRIPS?
There was a time when leather was the king of golf grips. When the golf industry evolved from a handmade cottage industry to mass production, however, manufacturers could not afford to spend more time wrapping the grip than they did on the entire club. Injection molded grips were born out of necessity to meet the cost and time requirements of clubmakers. At no time did rubber grips ever outperform their leather competition.
To make up for the lack of quality, the importance of the grip was downplayed until most golfers ignored the grip entirely and settled for the false advertising the rubber industry relies on. Despite their efforts, the golf grip remains extremely important.
Your golf grips are the only connection between you and your clubs, which is why Best Grips considers the grip the essential component of the golf club. Using the best golf grips is crucial to your success in golf, and if you choose to play with our grips, we guarantee you’ll love the performance, design, and durability of your handmade leather golf grips. You can learn more about our full range of products in the Collection.