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WRX Spotlight: Lamkin Sonar Tour and Sonar Wrap grips

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Products: Lamkin Sonar Tour and Sonar Wrap grips

Pitch: From Lamkin: “Designed for high-performance playability, the Sonar Tour features Fingerprint Technology with a uniform micro-texture pattern and traditional taper profile. Made with patent-pending Genesis material in a slightly firmer durometer for enhanced torsion control and a consistent feel in all weather conditions. Logo-down design inspired by Tour player preferences. New Sonar Tour Wrap: Straighter, reduced-taper with a slightly larger lower hand promotes lighter grip pressure for greater consistency and control.”

Our take on the Lamkin Sonar Tour and Sonar Wrap Grips

Expanding on the popular Sonar line of grips, Lamkin has introduced two more offerings in 2019. The Sonar Tour was designed with direct input from top PGA Tour professional Justin Rose. This features Lamkin’s Fingerprint Technology, a more uniform texture pattern and traditional taper profile.

Do you realize that half of all aftermarket grips sold by the United States largest grip retailer are wrap-style grips? Lamkin certainly does and has introduced the Sonar Wrap, offering traditional wrap grip fans a technology-packed option, available in multiple weights and sizes.

Lamkin prides itself on being a rubber company first and foremost, so expect these to wear very well, unlike some other options in the crowded grip marketplace. Also, these will retain their feel and tack in variations of weather and temperature due to the materials used.

Last year, GolfWRX Members tested the original Sonar and were largely impressed. Holding these grips, you do notice the microtexture “Fingerprint Technology” immediately.

According to the company, “new Fingerprint Technology distributes intricate and highly detailed micro-textures on the grip surface. The result: a more comfortable high-traction feel for greater confidence with lighter grip pressure. It eliminates the need for cars and aggressive textures typically used in grip surfaces to deliver increased traction.”

Where some found the original Sonar “too busy,” the Sonar Tour addresses this in a more handsome, traditional-looking package. Kudos to Lamkin for making “logo down” the standard for these, which is preferred by better players. If you do install logo up, note that the paintfill is black, eliminating distraction. The texture is the same on the grip either up or down.

The Standard Plus size Sonar Wrap is noticeably larger than the Sonar Tour. It has a nice tacky feel as you would imagine. The Midsize Plus will look and feel quite large in comparison to the Sonar Tour.

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  1. CrashTestDummy

    Apr 5, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Lamkin grips are good, but my only problem with them is that they have too much taper. They should make some grips with less taper.

    • kevind

      Apr 8, 2019 at 8:47 am

      did you even read the article? these grips have less taper.

  2. Travis

    Apr 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    When are these going to be released? I don’t see Sonar Tour on their website.

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WRX Spotted at U.S. Open: Justin playing just Rosey with new TPT

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We are a little more than halfway through the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and so far the course is giving and taking as much as you would expect from a perfect setup by the USGA.

Taking the lead on Thursday and continuing to lurk into the weekend is Justin Rose. Since we have been paying close attention to his Honma golf bag all year, we noticed a shaft change in his Tour World driver.

We reached out to TPT to see if we could get an update on what Rose has put in play for what is often referred to as one of the toughest driving weeks of the year. Here’s the inside info

“Justin has put into play a TPT Golf 14 MKP-LT-SW shaft in his Honma driver. This shaft is a full 10 CPM ( Cycles per Minute ) stiffer than the 15 LKP-LT-SW shaft that he put in play at The Memorial after testing it that week. It’s also different in that it has a Mid Kick Point (MKP), where as the 15 LKP-LT-SW has a Low-Kick-Point (LKP) design.”

From a technical and fitting perspective (generally speaking) a lower kick point shaft will hit the ball higher with more spin compared to a mid or high kick point shaft if all other factors are equal. We don’t have access to his driver numbers but with the U.S. Open being played on what can always end up as a windy venue the theory would be that this change to the MKP is to help keep ball flight lower and more controlled — which will also be a benefit next month at the Open Championship.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best budget driver?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Ivyguy who is on the lookout for the best driver to be had at an affordable price ($300 or less). Our members give their suggestions, with plenty of different drivers getting a mention.

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.

  • tbsbama: “Cobra King LTD is a wonderful driver. The pro model has lofts from 7 to 10 with fade settings. The regular from 9 to 12 with draw settings. Both heads are absolute bombers and can be found pretty cheap. Best driver I have hit in several years.”
  • zzyzxx33: “I won a Tour Edge EXS Driver, and it has been Awesome! Great Price, Look, Sound and Results! It’s longer than anything else I’ve hit.”
  • AG12: “I would say the regular PING G400…you can get new for $300 on PGA SS website, ’17 M2 is a good choice, and the M4 can be had at under $300 used in most shops.”
  • Badshaft: “I have the F8+ and bought the extra weights off of eBay (inexpensive, shipped from China)- 12g front 7g back- Blue Tensei 70g stiff. Longest for me – straight and as accurate as anything. Nice well-balanced combo. Looks to me it has the same moveable weight strategy as the F9.”

Entire Thread: “Best budget driver?”

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Xander Schauffele using a new Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle putter at this week’s U.S. Open

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At this week’s U.S. Open, Xander Schauffele made the move to a new Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle putter as he looks to break his major duck.

The 25-year-old had been using a Stroke Lab R-Ball gamer since March but tested out the Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle flat-stick at the beginning of the week. According to Callaway, Schauffele likes how the three lines are designed all the way from the front to the back of the putter head to help frame the ball for the proper setup and better alignment.

The change paid dividends on day one at Pebble Beach, with the Californian firing a round of 66 to put him T2 overnight.

Much of Schauffele’s excellent work on day one was done with the new Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle, with the 25-year-old gaining 4.8 strokes on the greens during Thursday’s action. Schauffele currently stands second in strokes gained: putting.

 

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