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WRX Spotlight: Golf Pride Z-Grip Align

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Product: Golf Pride Z-Grip Align

Pitch: “The Z-Grip Cord is now available with ALIGN Technology to improve clubface awareness and bring more consistency to your game, is the firmest cord grip available from Golf Pride. Combining a heavy cord texture throughout for moisture management with the revolutionary ALIGN Technology for consistent hand placement. The Z-Grip features a deep “Z”-shaped texture pattern that winds vertically around the grip for control, while a heavy cord texture throughout provides moisture management. This design pattern is enhanced with a red end cap and distinctive white body paint fill.”

Our take on the Golf Pride Z-Grip Align

Golf Pride introduced its Align technology in 2017 as a refreshing change to the reminder grip. Align technology is a raised ridge that runs along the underside of the grip. This “reminder” strip sits in the pads of the fingers to help consistently square the clubface to the target. The Align ridge is textured, and it’s a firmer rubber compound to stand out in your hand.

The Golf Pride Z-Grip Align is the newest in the lineup and offers by far the firmest and roughest feel. Z-Grip Align looks a lot like the tour-proven Z-Grip Cord that has been around and has a cult following. They both share a deep “Z”-shaped texture, firm rubber, and full-length heavy cord.

I have been a fan of the Golf Pride Align grips since they came out and have been known to dabble with the Z-Grip Cord now and then! Older “ribbed” or “reminder” grips never really caught my attention, since I always felt like they changed the shape of the grip to more triangular and didn’t sit comfortably in my hands. I like the Align reminder since it is subtle and doesn’t change the round profile of the grip.

The new Z-Grip Align does have a little more of a tacky feel: the rubber seems to grab more than the standard Z-Grip, while still having the roughness of the cord. I did feel that the Grip Align was a touch thinner then the standard ZGrip when hitting balls side by side. I used my typical two layers of two-sided grip tape and the noticed the smaller feel right away. During play, I didn’t notice it after a few swings, and I don’t think I would add any more buildup to the grip.

While in play, the Align technology really does help comfortably grip the club with the face square to the target. The firm feel of the Z-Grip Align translates all the feel to your hands without being punishing…but the cord will help build some thicker skin!

I would say the only negative to the grip would be if you were a person who needed a ton of vibration dampening, due to injury, you won’t get that with the Z-Grip Align. If you are a “feel” player who wants to sense every vibration, though, you’ll fare much better.

Overall, I really like the Z-Grip Align and feel that if you are looking for a cord grip, it should be on your short list. If you play in rain, sweat a bunch, play in cold or hot climates, or play with no glove, this grip will provide great performance. You won’t be worried about slippage or gripping too tight with the Z-Grip Align…just make sure to put it on straight!

 

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  1. Simms

    Apr 5, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Just do not put on your Driver or other adjustable clubs as it will be a waste of time one adjustment and that align feature is gone.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day discusses new equipment that has made it into the bags of our members so far in 2019. From new club additions to shaft changes, our members share the tweaks they have made so far this year and divulge what has been successful as well as what has failed to work for them.

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.

  • Jackal66: “Went from 816 DBD Alpha driver to M3. Changed Odyssey Fang putter to Scotty Cameron Newport putter. Bought a 56° wedge and it is competing with my 53° Diadic.”
  • ObiwanForAll: “Gone all in with TaylorMade clubs and UST shafts.”
  • macedan: “Successes- Ping G400 9*, thought the smaller head size may hamper my confidence, but It has performed beautifully. Mizuno ST180 16*, No words, performs as needed and looks absolutely sharp. Middle of the road- Ping G Crossover 21*, unfortunately, I fell into a swing slump across the bag not long after buying it. When my swing is on, it is one of my absolute favorites in the bag. My biggest complaint is just the appearance of the massive amount of offset.”
  • pollock21: “Been quite a year…TS3 knocked out my trusty G400 LST which was quite a feat. Now shafted with 130 Rogue Silver. I500 w/LZ 7.0 125’s experiment is on the way out. They’ve been excellent irons for me, but I just hit them obnoxiously long. Currently looking for my next set. Also dabbling with a hi-toe 60 to replace my trusty 60* Glide 2.0 stealth. So far, I’m loving it. Last change was putting in the copper spider x which knocked out my ketcsh and scotty newport 2.0.  Failed experiment so far with the flash sz fairway. Putting the trusty 16M2 back in the bag. Definitely moving on from the flash, I’m just not as consistent with it.”
  • shanx: “Took a lesson late spring and my ballstriking has improved. I ditched the Callaway X20 Pros, Cally X Forged ’07s, added Mizzy MP15s with C Taper Lites. Not sure if those shafts will work for me in the long run, but I am going to play them for a bit as I am still working on swing changes from the lesson. Rotating three drivers (2 Titleists and a Callaway Epic), thinking about going to get fit for my driver soon.”

Entire Thread: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?” 

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Chez Reavie’s winning WITB: 2019 Travelers Championship

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 125 M.S.I. 60 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M5 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White Proto 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P-790 (4-iron), TaylorMade P-750 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper Tour 120

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (50-08F, 54-08 M, 58-08 M)
Shafts: KBS C-Taper (50), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (54, 58)

Putter: Odyssey Works No. 7

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Z Grip cord

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From the GolfWRX Vault: Essential tips, tricks, and tools for building clubs at home

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In addition to continuing to look forward to new content that will serve and engage our readership, we also want to showcase standout pieces that remain relevant from years past. In particular, articles with a club building or instruction focus continue to deliver value and convey useful information well after their publish dates.

We want to make sure that once an article falls off the front page as new content is covered it isn’t relegated to the back pages of our website.

We hope that you’ll appreciate and find value in this effort, and the first article from the GolfWRX Vault is a perfect example of a piece that not only remains relevant and engaging, but one that the author still gets questions about and routinely refers readers to.

Ryan Barath, well before his time as a full-time WRX staffer, wrote “Building golf clubs at home: The essential tips, tricks, and tools” back in October of 2016.

In the piece, Barath discusses both the elements of setting up a shop in general and what he has done in his basement workspace in particular.

A taste of the piece.

One of the most important things about building clubs is doing it properly with the right tools, and doing it safely. After setting up up multiple build shops over the years, from small hobby shops to large multi-station build shops, having the opportunity to build my own home shop from the ground up was something I always looked forward to. My shop is in my basement, and because of the limited space, it was imperative to find as many space saving-solutions as possible.

Like many people with a hobby they are passionate about, I look forward to one day having a stand-alone garage for all of my tools (and maybe a hitting net), but for now my basement gets the job done. I’m lucky to have access to a much large machine shop where I do wedge grinding, finishing and sandblasting, which are all jobs that make a lot more noise and create a lot more dust. I can’t get away with doing those things in a confined space, but we’ll touch on that later.

Although not a tool, arguably the most important piece of equipment is the workbench. Having a quality workbench is needed because of the amount of abuse that it will take over its lifespan. Also, just like a great kitchen design, you need counter space and a good workbench provides that. Dropping a clubhead (especially a driver or fairway wood with nice paint job) can be costly. The next extension of the workbench is a good vice that has been properly attached to the bench with bolts. Like I’ve said in previous articles, I believe when you do something you should take the time to do it properly. I once saw a vice screwed into a workbench with 1.25-inch screws, and as soon as someone went to use the vice it ripped out and took a club with it.

Check out the full piece here. 

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