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Iomic Grips Review

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I play with an iomic putter grip and I have loved it. I like the feel and the texture of the grip and I thought their iron and wood grips would be worth a shot. The price turned me off but I am willing to to give them a try to see what all the buzz is about.

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Iomic makes the best feeling grip around. As stated above I play midsize or just a little smaller so I had to build these up. especially since they were already a little small.

Sticky 2.3

The Sticky felt great when I first put it in my driver. I really thought it would be hard to not like this grip. I was worried about the white getting to dirty but I figured I would just clean it. The 2.3 is about the same size as standard grips so I added 3 wraps of tape under it and it felt great. The grip is very tacky or really more of a grippy feel. It does not stick to your hands but you feel like you always have a very solid grip on the club. The problem with this grip, at least for me, is that it started to wear and I mean quickly. Within a month I was seeing signs of wear on the grip where my thumb and palm of my bottom hand rest. For a grip that cost this much, it was a deal breaker. This is the only grip of the group that I had early wear problems with. Others have not had this issue but it happened to me.

One other issue that we found in testing. While the white grip looks awesome on week one, after a few weeks of tossing the club in your bag the black cap on the butt end seemed to make marks on all the grips of the clubs in the bag. As you pull the club out and then put it back the black butt end was making marks on the other grips. Sure you can spend the time to soap and water but why? Why did they add a black cap to a white grip? While it does hide the dirt that can gather on the bottom of the bag you cant have that same black mark-up the white surface of all the other grips in the bag.

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The iomic diarrow is pretty much exactly like the golf pride multicompound. It feels firm and has a cord bottom and soft top. I could not justify spending more for pretty much the same grip but it did feel good and looked great.

The x grip to me is the best iomic grip out there. It is firm but soft, tacky or grippy feeling and it showed no signs of wear at all. Since it is a smaller grip I had to add 5 wraps of tape under it which kind of made it look short and fat to me but besides that it was an amazing grip. If you are looking at these grips especially if you have smaller hands (I wear and XL glove) I would highly recommend them if you are willing to spend the money on a quality grip.

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James Shih gave us the scoop on IOMIC Grips in the video below.

IOMIC focuses on grip technology, which is often underestimated when compared to the technology put into club heads and shafts.Our revolutionary approaches include the development of a new grip material called “IOMAX,” which gives golfers great feel and control. The launch of our Color Grip Series helped us gain attention in the industry for the wide variety of colors they offer.

These grips are manufactured in Japan with a combination of five elastomers with excellent resistance to the elements and available in a wide variety of color, sizes and weights. Add a little color to your golf game. $199 (set of 13)

Here is James Shih in a tech interview…

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  1. JEFF SMITH

    Jan 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I put an absolute x on my cameron newport 2. I used to have a super stroke 3.0 and putted great….always have. I was told how good these iomic grips are so I gave it a shot……… AWEFUL!The toe wanted to swing open and I lost at least 6 strokes.good bye!

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WRX Spotlight: Athalonz EnVe—The best golf shoes you’ve never heard of

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One of the coolest parts of being in this part of the golfing world is being able to shed light on smaller companies that typically get overshadowed by their bigger corporate brothers.

So, this post is about one of those products that is definitely competitive against top golf shoe companies, and it’s made by a company called Athalonz, which is based out west in Arizona. Typically known for its innovative baseball cleats and insole packages, Athlonz newest addition takes the patented design to the world of golf with the EnVe golf shoe.

These have started appearing on the world long drive circuit due to the amount of traction they get, allowing players to swing harder. So for the last few months, I have gotten to wear them and see if they are as good as the company claims.

Athalonz EnVe: Living up to claims

The main selling points of these shoes are focused on two things

  1. Design that delivers more power and stability
  2. Custom comfort that lasts all day

These are somewhat difficult to combine into one shoe, and though they are on the heavier side, Athlonz are completely worth it for the benefits. It is obvious that they made strides to hit each box on the list for a great shoe. The patented design has been adapted from their baseball cleat and introduces a spikeless golf shoe with a circular design that allows the player to gain traction through the golf swing. This gives a player the chance to swing harder and faster without losing their footing. They also offer insole packages that help with correct bodyweight placement to help add an extra layer of consistency.

Secondly, it’s very noticeable that there was plenty of thought given to comfort with a roomy toe and custom insoles to fit your style. Additionally, ankle padding helps to provide more stability and comfort.

On another note, they have a good sense of style with a more classic, casual take. In addition to the pictured white/brown color, there’s a black/grey colorway as well.

After multiple months of wear in all types of conditions, these shoes have performed great for me with all the traction I need and while feeling great throughout the round.

Verdict

I am a person who tends to support smaller companies when I can if they make good products. Any support for them goes a long way—especially in the golf business. Since these shoes will set you back about $150, I wanted to be sure they are worth it for the money and they absolutely are. Seriously, for anyone looking to boost their shoe game and help alleviate aching feet and ankles, give these a shot.

 

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII

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Every golfer should have an accurate, reliable, easy-to-use rangefinder. With the new Nikon Coolshot 20 GII and 20i GII, you get all of that and more in one of the smallest, lightest packages on the market.

Not only do you get a ton of features, but when you consider these devices start at only $199.99 for the 20 G II and then $229.99 for the 20i GII ( slope adjusted version ), you get one of the best values in a rangefinder from one of the most well-known consumer optics companies in the world.

Review: Nikon CoolShot 20 GII and 20i GII

First Target Priority and 8-Second Continuous Measurement: “First Target Priority” is Nikon’s way of making sure you are picking up the flag and not a tree behind your intended target. There is nothing worse than thinking you have your distance dialed in to then have a shot fly over the green. With how quickly it lets you know the ranger finder is locked, getting that distance and double-checking can happen remarkably fast.

In the eight-second continuous measurement setting, the rangefinder will continuously measure the field of view as you scan the target area for approximately eight seconds. This setting is great when playing unfamiliar courses or trying to figure out the exact spot to a dogleg, tree, or hazard on your intended line.

Bright, 6x Monocular: Nikon is known for its glass and multi-coating technology, from telephoto camera lenses to rifle scopes, if it’s Nikon glass, it’s going to be clear, fog-resistant, and high-contrast for easy viewing. From a viewing experience perspective, the Coolshot 20 GII’s 6x monocular has an adjustable diopter for sharp focusing, along with long eye relief—meaning you can keep your glasses (or sunglasses) on when acquiring your target.

Slope-Adjusting ID Technology: With the 20i GII you have the option to get the slope-adjusted distance for any shot thanks to Nikon’s ID Technology. The mode can be turned on and off by the user to comply with USGA rules to make it legal for tournament rounds. Having tested it out on hilly terrain it’s easy to see why so many golfers mis-club going into greens when elevation changes become a lot more dramatic.

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The Nikon Coolshot 20 GII’s size and weight make it ideal for anyone who regularly carries and wants the benefit of knowing distances but without having to worry about weight—it weighs about the same as a sleeve of balls.

The size allows you to hold the units stable. However, I could see for those new to the rangefinder space, it could take some time getting used to when first getting acquainted with it. The best bet for this is to take it to a range or just step outside with it on your next walk and get used to hitting targets before you take it to the course—plus it makes for a fun game to see how good you really are at estimating distances.

Overall, for the price and size, it is one of the best rangefinders on the market. Plus, with a five-year warranty, you can be assured of years of use with the Nikon CoolShot 20 GII rangefinders.

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WRX Spotlight: Putting Perfecter

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Putting can be one of the most frustrating parts of the game, it mystifies scratch golfers as much as high handicaps and can make anybody tremble over a three-footers. It’s one of the biggest factors in scoring, especially for the club-level player, but it’s often one of the last things people actually work on. Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of fun to pound drivers on the range, am I right?

But if you are seriously looking for a simple tool to help get you into the proper address position, the Putting Perfecter is a great one to start with.

The beauty of the device is in its simplicity. Fitting under your arms and across your midsection, it “locks” the player into the proper position to create a pendulum putting stroke. After giving it a shot and hitting putts for just a few minutes, then going back to putting without it made me feel like I was much more connected.

Don’t think it’s just for putting though.

Funny story, when I first took it out to work on my putting, I used it for about 30 minutes and then moved onto my chipping. After a few trips around the putting green I tried chipping with the Putting Perfecter in the same position and “WOW” same connected feeling was produced—it was perfect for working on low-flying “runners.” I was excited to tell my friend about it, until I went home and realized they actually advertise it to help with that too. Guess I’m not as clever as I thought…

No matter how you use it, the Putting Perfecter is a simple and effective training tool that can be carried in a bag to be used before or after a round, takes NO time to set up (a big plus), and is light—so you don’t feel like its dragging you down if you actually keep it in your bag. Since it’s a putting tool, you can even use it indoors very easily. If you are someone that struggles with consistent address position on putts or disconnecting when chipping, I believe the Putting Perfecter is a great tool to try.

For more information check out the Putting Perfecter website.

 

 

 

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