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Lamkin launches three new grips: TS1, Sonar, Comfort Plus

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Lamkin is adding three new grips for Spring. The TS1, Sonar, and Comfort Plus grips all showcase the company’s latest grip technology, including Micro-Texture surface patterns and performance-enhancing grip shapes.

Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips says the company has spent the last year developing new materials, surface patterns and sizing.

Lamkin uses specific proprietary hybrid compounds with each grip, as well as Micro-Texture surface patterns for a better grip. All of the grip lines are offered in Lamkin’s new Plus shape featuring a tour-inspired straighter profile that is slightly larger in the lower hand.

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The company describes TS1 a Tour-inspired, high-performance grip made with new hybrid materials that are slightly softer than traditional rubbers. The Sonar is a tackier grip with a reduced-taper profile designed to appeal to a wide range of player preferences. Comfort Plus is a softer grip made with durable DSX material designed for maximum shock-absorption.

Bob Lamkin was kind enough to provide GolfWRX with a few exclusive quotes about the new grips.

“Without any hesitation or doubt, the new grip lines that Lamkin is launching this Spring are the best we’ve ever made! The innovation and technology behind Sonar, TS1 and Comfort Plusis the most advanced in our company’s 93-year history. We’ve invested a tremendous amount of time and money over the last few years to create a distinctive hybrid compound that not only feels incredibly tacky and responsive, but has durability and all-weather performance properties that are totally ground-breaking in the grip category.

TS1

“Typically, the durometer of a grip changes with significant temperature fluctuations… golf grips are usually much harder in cold weather, and then softer in warmer weather. What is so revolutionary about our compounds is that they maintain a consistent feel, and durometer, regardless of temperature. The material is also designed to maintain a high coefficient of friction in wet weather, ensuring a slip-free grip connection in all climates and conditions.”

“In addition to the revolutionary new grip materials, the new Sonar, TS1 and Comfort Plus grips feature highly intricate and functional surface patterns with our proprietary Micro-Texture Technology. This highly advanced texturing process creates variable depth surface patterns that enable both a comfortable and secure grip connection. I couldn’t be more proud of Lamkin’s exceptionally talented team of engineers, chemists and technicians for developing these game-changing grip innovations!”

Comfort PLUS

TS1 is priced from $9.99 MSPR, and will be offered in Black/Red in both a Standard+ and Midsize+ (“+” indicates taper sizing). Sonar is priced from $8.99 MSPR, and will be offered in Black/Blue in both a Standard+ and Midsize+. Comfort Plus is priced from $7.99 MSPR, and will be offered in Black/Red in both a Standard+ and Midsize+ and Gray/Teal in Undersize+.

All three lines will be available at select golf retailers and on Lamkin’s website beginning April 2.

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    Mar 27, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Will try the TS1. Lamkin makes great stuff. Currently have Z5.

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SPOTTED: 2019 Aldila shafts

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With the beginning of the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing on now, we are really starting to see more 2019 gear work it way onto tour trucks, and onto the range for player testing…and into our forums (in picture format, at least).

Some of the most recently spotted pieces are the 2019 Aldila ATX shafts, including what appears to be an 85g hybrid shaft and a 120g iron shaft.

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We can only speculate that the hybrid is a low launch shaft — based on the PGA  Tour testing being done, but this could be a shaft more suited for the growing popularity of the driving iron category vs. wood-like hybrids in the previous couple of seasons.

The 120g iron shaft has a lot of people talking, since Aldila has leaked some information in our picture thread

“It utilizes a custom prepreg made at our facility in Poway that features a “Metal Mesh” material that is combined with Carbon Fiber to help add stability and weight in the irons.”

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By using this custom material, Aldila could be solving the common problem that a lot of people have with graphite, and that is the club total weight — although in this case 120g is similar to a lot of steel iron shafts already being used on Tour. As prototyping goes, this material could be put to use in lighter versions of the shaft and have a greater benefit in the sub-100g category — if they plan on going that route.

For the drivers, if previous versions and colorways are any indication, it looks like we will have some new technology packed into popular bend profiles like the NV (Green) and the VS (Blue).  As some members on the forums have already discussed, these shafts will be utilizing graphene (an extremely strong carbon material) for additional stability. 

We also have new Rogue 130 MSI models following along similar lines with both a black and silver.

Here’s some additional information from Aldila

“Building off of the success of the ROGUE® Limited Edition – which featured 125 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, we have taken ROGUE® to performance to another level by incorporating even stronger 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber. The ROGUE® Silver 130 M.S.I. is a low-launch, low-spin shaft with a low torque tip-section fortified with 130 M.S.I. Graphitic Carbon Fiber, a higher balance point, and a premium ion plated finish.”

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Brooks Koepka with Mizuno JPX 919 irons, TaylorMade M5 driver in the bag at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship equipped with a new driver and set of irons.

Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall broke the news, via Twitter, that Kopeka has TaylorMade’s new M5 Driver in his bag this week, as well as Mizuno’s JPX 919 Tour Irons.

The three-time major champ used TaylorMade’s M3 460 Driver and Mizuno’s JPX 900 Tour irons throughout 2018, and it appears as if Koepka is happy to make the transition to both manufacturers latest additions of those series of clubs right from the get-go in 2019.

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Koepka is currently T13 after two rounds of play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and sits five shots off the lead.

 

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Titleist 718 AP2 Black and AP3 Black released in limited quantities

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Titleist has unveiled new 718 AP2 Black and 718 AP3 Black irons in limited black finish that will be available to purchase from March 1.

Previously only available in a traditional chrome finish, the new Titleist 718 AP2 Black and Titleist 718 AP3 Black irons are finished with a sleek, high polish black PVD coating. The irons feature True Temper AMT Onyx shafts stock. The shafts’ powder coat matte black finish aims to minimize glare (in addition to looking cool). An all-black Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip is standard as well.

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Speaking on the move to release the irons in black, Josh Talge, Vice President, Golf Club Marketing said

“One request we heard from both tour players and amateurs, particularly those who have gravitated toward our Jet Black Vokey SM7 wedges, was if they could have these same irons in a darker finish. Our team spent a lot of time making sure the aesthetics were done just right. It’s a look that you just have to see.”

A quick refresher on the two models, below.

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Titleist 718 AP3 Black

The 718 AP3 iron is a players distance iron which features a hollow-blade design with high-speed face technology. According to Titleist, the company merged the technology found in their AP1 and AP2 irons to create the AP3, which the company are calling their longest and fastest players iron ever.

Commenting on the AP3, Talge stated

“AP3 truly represents the best of both worlds. We’re giving you the distance and forgiveness of a game improvement iron packed into the look and feel of a player’s iron.”

The set is made up of 4-iron through 48-degree wedge. The AP3 Black irons, which are available for right-handers only, are available to purchase from March 1 and will cost $187.50 per club or $1,499/set of 8.

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Titleist 718 AP2 Black

The 718 AP2 iron features a co-forged cavity back design which aims to provide consistent distance and forgiveness, while also delivering excellent feel to all golfers.

Speaking concerning the AP2 iron, Talge had this to say

“AP2 is the most popular tour iron globally because it combines the look and feel tour players demand with the precise distance control they need to consistently hit their target, shot after shot. For everyone else, it’s the tour iron within reach, because it is so forgiving.”

The set is made up of 4-iron through 50-degree wedge. Also available for right-handers only, the irons are available to purchase from March 1 and will cost $187.50 per club or $1,499/set of 8 as well.

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the irons in the forums. 

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