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SwitchGrips allow golfers to change putter grips quickly with no mess

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Over the past several years, golf equipment companies have been pushing on-the-go customization of equipment, with adjustable drivers and moveable weights to make sure your club is exactly how you want it, when you want it.

Miami-based SwitchGrips is applying this same line of thinking to putter grips, giving the golfer the ability to quickly swap out putter grips without any of the elbow grease that has always been required. If it’s any indication, their recent selection as one of the top three “Best New Products” at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show, means they may be on to something.

The concept behind SwitchGrips is that once you have replaced your current putter grip with the inner sleeve of the SwitchGrips putter system, then it never has to come off again. The actual grip that makes contact with your hands is an interchangeable outer sleeve that should allow a litany of combinations of look, weight and feel. The process of changing the grip is simple and can be done in less than a minute. Golfers simply need to remove a screw at the butt of the putter, slide the outer sleeve off, slide the new one on and replace the screw. That’s it.

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While plenty of golfers can replace their own grips in their garage without much headache, the fact is, most golfers have never changed them without the help of a professional, let alone considered doing their own work. No work bench, no vise and no messy mineral spirits required. The SwitchGrips process allows golfers with zero technical proficiency to try all different putter grip combinations without the usual hassle.

The entry level offerings from SwitchGrips include a rubber line, The Player ($27), and a leather option ($55) with an option in color, sizes and possibly shapes to be soon to come.

A first purchase from SwitchGrips will cost golfers an extra $10 bucks and includes the inner sleeve, weight and Torx key tool. The headline grabbing group of SwitchGrips is an array of exotic animal hides that likely won’t make any friends with the PETA crowd, but will certainly peak some curiosity among those looking for the finer touch on their putter, with lines that include Stingray, Crocodile and Snake grips ($190).

Sam Snead’s famous advice about gripping a golf club as if ”you were holding a bird in your hand” earns new meaning with their unusual line of Ostrich grips.

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With the recent prevalence of thicker grips both on tour and at clubs around the world, SwitchGrips gives golfers the opportunity to easily switch back and forth between different sizes until you find what’s right for you.

Weekend golfers, hackers, and single-digit handicappers alike always seem to be trying to find that elusive magic with the flatstick, whether it is experimenting with different heads, lengths or lies. SwitchGrips may just be the start of a new revolution in adjustability, allowing players everywhere to find that perfect putter feel to help trim those few extra strokes off their round.

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  1. Anna Simon

    Nov 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Hi Alex,
    I am currently working with a company that is building a new product that helps golfers improve and analyze their golf swing, taking a multi-sensor approach to the swing analyzers products on the market. The product’s Kickstarter will be launching later this month. Would you like us to get in touch with you to test the product? If so, please send me your email to anna@duotrac.com.
    Many Thanks,
    Anna Simon

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  3. Welby

    Feb 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Or just use an air compressor and no grip tape to swap as often as you like. (Just please never EVER do it to match your outfit.)

  4. Lowell Madanes

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    This is similar to when Winn grips came out and all you had to do was purchase the wrap to replace the grip. Interesting concept. Not sure if the price point will gain many buyers but you never know.

  5. Stan

    Feb 8, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I have to agree on what they go by on the best products awards. It should be the
    best gimmick award. There is so much more to a product then just being at the
    PGA show and being best in show kind of like a dog contest. Oh that’s right it’s
    not like it’s free to be there they have to pick somebody. It’s not legit unless it’s
    tour proven!

    • John

      Sep 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Looks tour proven to me. Switchgrips had a top 5 finish with Stewart Cink at the Canadian Open and reached near the top at the British Open. We’ve seen 6 different guys using it on tour …thinking it’s not a gimmick.

      • Joke of a grip

        Jul 6, 2016 at 8:24 am

        6 different guys. What guys . And if Cink loves it so much why is he not playing it now.

  6. John Lefebre

    Feb 8, 2015 at 1:16 am

    WHAT A JOKE!!

  7. John Lefebre

    Feb 8, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I Agree with you Butch,
    A complete dud.. By the way is this crap approved
    by the USGA ?I see nothing about that anywhere.
    People have been cutting grips off for ever I don’t
    see this as the next best thing it’s the newest FLOP!!!!

  8. Butch

    Feb 8, 2015 at 12:59 am

    This is a complete joke. What do you mean no mess!
    I have to install the sleeve first first right? This is a
    complete overpriced DUD!!! Will it match my dirty socks.

  9. paul

    Feb 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    there has been a few times when I have wanted to try a different grip on my putter but the cost of this system is too much. $37 for a bare bones start with $55 to $190 for a grip? c’mon man. the golfing assoc. wants to get more people playing the game but the vendors jack the price sky high on equipment and if it’s not right for you, then what? it’s hard to sell a used grip for a system that very few people have. in all fairness the concept is good, but it is just to expensive for most average golfers to try out. IMHO paul

  10. mike

    Feb 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    YEA I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ITS SEEMS COOL AND ALL THAT. I TRIED THESE AT THE PGA SHOW
    AND I WAS NOT IMPRESSED. FIRST OFF THE GRIP IS TO SHORT NOT THE STANDARD SIZE AND THE
    END CAPS WERE REALLY ANNOYING THE TOP ONE DUG INTO MY PALM AND THE FEEL WAS KIND OF DEAD. IMO

  11. Scooter McGavin

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t understand how some of these “top product” awards are decided. I mean, yeah, the idea is cool, but once you think any further beyond that, I can’t think of a level where this is practical. I know it may not be possible, but a system that allows you to install ANY grip (not just this brand) would be much more valuable. For the price of their grips, you can have pretty much any non-leather grip professionally installed. Labor at my local store is only $3. I can see a certain limited use for fitting, like for fitting to the correct size, but even then, most customers will want other brands and models of grip. Top all of that off with the fact that you shouldn’t be changing your grip that frequently anyway, because you need to give one some time for you to adjust to it before you can know if it will work for you. Maybe I’m missing something, but please let me know if I am neglecting a valuable use for this system as it is, at the price that it is.

  12. Todd

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    You got that right every HACK! No serious golfer would even think about wanting to match
    their outfit.

  13. Jeff Smith

    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I bet every pampas cigar smoking hack will go for this lame idea

  14. Todd

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

    What happens if you want to change putters? You have to buy a whole new system?
    This could get a bit pricey.

    • John

      Sep 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      I just had to buy another inner sleeve when I changed liters it was only about $10

    • John

      Sep 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Was only $10 when I changed *putters

  15. Ryan

    Feb 6, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Switch Grips have been a thing in Tenpin Bowling for AGES now.. Was waiting for them to attack the Golf scene… I’d prefer to see these being used for people who excessively wear-out grips.

  16. Kerry Corcaran

    Feb 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Maybe I can match my underwear!

  17. Mitch Robbins

    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Are you serious? Wow like I really want to match my putter grip to my outfit…

  18. Golfraven

    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I like the idea. Maybe I would’t go as far as trying to match the grip color with my outfit but would be keen to try different sizes and shapes of grips. Playing the SuperStroke Flatso now but it was a risky and time consuming change from previous pistolero grip. If I didn’t like it it would be money thrown out of the window. Wonder why not all OEM offering such option especially when going through putter fitting. should be an easy thing to have separate heads and set of different shafts and grips.

  19. Jay

    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    And add extra weight to it on the days I’m feeling fat!!!

  20. Ryan Stewart

    Feb 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Perfect, now i can finally match my putter grip with my outfit!

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Anirban Lahiri WITB 2020

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  • WITB accurate as of January 2020

Driver (two models): Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 M.S.I. 60 TX

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3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, DS OptiFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX

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5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

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Hybrid: PXG 0317 X (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX

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Irons: Srixon Z 785 (4), Srixon Z 945 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7  (50-12M)
*We were unable to photograph Lahiri’s other wedges

Putter: Toulon Design Austin Stroke Lab

Putter: OnOff Prototype

 

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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001

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Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)

3-wood

King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Irons

1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag

Driver

1996

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

1997

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X

1998

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

3-wood

1996

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1997 

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1998

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)

1999

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Irons

1996

(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

Wedges

1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER

1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 

 

DRIVER:

Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975E Prototype 8.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)

3 WOOD:

Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

IRONS:

(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

 

WEDGES: 

(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

SPEC TALK

Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs

Loft/Lie/Length/SW

  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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