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Grips might seem simple, but there is a lot that goes into making good ones. From formulating compounds, and adding color, to creating tooling to make sure they hit all of the required specs. Grips are often the most overlooked part of a golf club, and they shouldn’t be. The grip is the singular connection you as a player have with your clubs, and it should offer equal amounts of control and comfort, depending on how often you play and the weather conditions.

Yes, golfers generally pay a lot of attention to their putter grip,s but when it comes to the rest of a set, many golfers will just say “give me whatever is stock,” which is not a great idea.

These are the top-five grips of all time.

Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

Tour velvet Cord Grips

How could we begin to talk about great grips without starting with the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord? It’s the gold standard of durable all-weather performance. A soft rubber infused with a tight-weave cotton twill fiber (cord) adds additional traction that you just can’t get from an all-rubber grip on its own. It’s the most-used cord grip on tour and a favorite of golfers needing weather defying traction. (Honourable mention the classic non-corded Tour Velvet)

Winn Grips Excel

Winn Excel soft golf grip

The Winn Excel might not be the most durable or best all-weather grip ever made, but I challenge anyone to find a grip that offers greater comfort for fair-weather golfers, or players needing maximum shock absorption. The Winn Excel is Winn’s number-one selling grip of all time by a large margin, and speaking from experience, I have installed my fair share of full cases of these back in my big box retail golf days. From Winn “The Excel grip has been hailed by arthritic and hand fatigue sufferers as the reason they can still play golf.” With that in mind any product that is able to help golfers enjoy the game more belongs on the list!

Lamkin Crossline Cord

Another cord grip might seem like an odd addition to the list, but hear me out. Grip aficionados will tell you right away why they prefer the Lamkin Crossline Cord over others on the market. The taper is slightly different, the cord is a bit rougher, and for those in need of anything bigger than a standard grip—the Lamkin Crossline Cord is the ONLY full cord grip on the market that comes in an oversized option (weighing in at a whopping 76g). That alone makes it unique and earns its spot in the top five.

Iomic Sticky

Iomic Stick Golf Grips

Bold, colorful, and tacky are all words best used to describe the Iomic Sticky grip. It was one of, if not the first, mainstream grips in North America to offer a HUGE selection of color options and there’s a scientific reason why. Iomic grips are made from an elastomer resin, which is neutral in color: this means that any change to the color won’t change the weight of the grip, and that means you can mix and match up your set without having to worry about changing feel. It also gives grip designers endless freedom to come up with wild combinations too. According to Iomic, the elastomer resin offers a number of distinct advantages over rubber which includes lower torque, greater durability, and all-weather traction.

Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound

Golf Pride New Decade golf grips

Easily making its way into the top five is the Multi-Compound or as many call them the NDMCs. This grip was a game-changer for Golf Pride and the industry as a whole. It made grips “show up” on TV and got regular golfers to rethink their grip buying habits from just plain rubber to multi-material colorful options. From a performance perspective, the NDMC offers the best of both worlds, cord on the top (gloved hand) and a softer material under the bottom hand for additional traction and comfort.  Still considered a premium option, you can find New Decade grips on a lot of OEM stock products.

What do you think GolfWRXers? Are their any grips you think belong in the top five that aren’t included? Any that are included you don’t think should be?

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Rich Douglas

    Nov 4, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    The Winn Excel is my favorite grip ever. Because it’s so soft, I can maintain a firm grip with less pressure, easing tension though my wrists and arms. I don’t really care about the dampening effect. Caution, though: these grips are light (42g) and can add a couple of swingweight points if you’re coming from a heavier grip. Some players feel that doesn’t matter; they don’t notice. But I do. I can’t feel one, but I CAN feel two.

    Yes, they wear out quickly. So change them.

  2. TheGreek33

    Nov 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    LAMKIN CROSSLINE ALL THE WAY. HOPE THEY NEVER GO AWAY

  3. Jose

    Nov 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Amazing GP Victory or Tour Wrap wasn’t on this list. #NotMyList

  4. Jimmy Ray

    Oct 29, 2019 at 9:20 am

    I’m just glad nearly everyone in the thread has crushed the writer for not including GP Victory, Victory Cord, or Velvet. I’m surprised he didn’t include the GP Dimple in that list or the Avon Chamois!! Happy to see Royal called out, their rubber was superior, but I’m gonna toss one out to jog everyone’s memory: Avon Nexus, “made from car tire rubber”. I installed one on a 2-iron back in the mid-80’s and I swear it was tacky until I put a hybrid in play 20 years later. As far as being available today, I just installed the Lamkin Player’s Cord on my entire set, pushing out the Lamkin UTX. IMHO, far superior to GPVC.

  5. David Bergsvik

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Why are Tour Velvet grips #1, because they are the cheapest? My personal favorites are GP MCCs and the V-50 Victory Cord grips (50th Anniversary for GP). I wish they still made the V-50…

  6. Dave Smart

    Oct 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Lamkin UTX…tacky,cord and long lasting. I’ve never seen an Iomic grip in play in 25 years of golfing. Where did that come from?

  7. Speedy

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Tour Velvet, Green Victory, New Decade, and a couple of Lamkins after that.

    Golf Pride rocks, always has.

    • Funkaholic

      Oct 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      Honestly I have used both and GP and Lamkin and the difference is minimal, for the price I prefer Lamkin crosslines.

  8. Ray Jenks

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Surely the BASIC Golf Pride Tour Velvet must be light-years ahead of any grip ever manufactured – and that’s before taking into account the undisguised basic Tour Velvet grips that Golf Pride have customised with OEM names … Ray J.

  9. Gary Nelson

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:49 am

    As others have mentioned leather wraps are number one. Winn grips are the worst I have ever played they are slippery after a round or two and they don’t hold up very well. Tour wrap are really good grips for durability and playability.

  10. Craig

    Oct 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    This article is click bait.

    • Thomas A

      Oct 21, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Every article on the internet is click-bait.

  11. Jim

    Oct 19, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    They left out the Lamkin Permawrap full cord. Sadly no longer made, but my favorite grip of them all.

  12. Jim

    Oct 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I think they stopped making my favorite grips some time ago, the Lamkin Permawrap full cord. Been playing 50 years, tried many others and they’re still my favorite. I’ve now gone to the GP New Decade Multi-compound which is a decent substitute.

  13. Bobby

    Oct 19, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Golf Pride Victory grip must be included

    • cody

      Oct 20, 2019 at 12:14 am

      I was going to say the same thing,, Ryan you completely dropped the ball on this one. This should be top of the list.

  14. Seal Golf

    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    This is strictly a case of “History began the day you were born.”

    Golf Pride Victory, cord and non-cord, has to top the list. In my 44 years in club repair, I have never had anyone ask for an Iomic grip.

  15. RONALD

    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Why no mention of removal of black Excels that were on clubs left in a hot trunk?
    The sloppiest re-grip of all time.

    • Rich Douglas

      Oct 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Hopefully, it got you to stop leaving your clubs in a hot trunk. Good thing to do before the epoxy on a head loosens and it goes flying up against your playing partner’s head during a practice swing.

  16. BeachBum

    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Can’t believe Pure isn’t on the list. I’ve used everything and Pyre Grips are the best for me.

  17. Ray Liwanag

    Oct 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I only play forged grips

  18. Dave r

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Where’s the new one that adds 20 yards ? What’s the name again smasher grips. Got to get me some.

  19. Billy

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    tour wrap half cord or full cord!

  20. john

    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    i wonder how much wrx got paid for this ad

    • JP

      Oct 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      All the golfwrx staff get free grips for the next 5 years.

  21. James

    Oct 18, 2019 at 10:41 am

    All time, eh? 2 if them would hands down be GP Victory and Tour Velvet non-cords. Poor research.

  22. Scott Ostler

    Oct 18, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Must be a slow news day.

  23. Brian

    Oct 18, 2019 at 1:13 am

    How did Green Victory with or without Cords and The Classic Tour Wrap not make this list? I remember regripping Irons and Putters with Leather Wrap too! Ping has some GOAT grips too..

    • Craig van Nieuwkerk

      Oct 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Would have been my nomination. Not as popular now but the default for about 25 years.

  24. I Get It - Kuch Sucks

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I am Lamkin guy and think Kuch is a d-bag too.

  25. Peter

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Super stroke has a pretty decent grip.

    • Tim

      Oct 18, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      This is about grips of all time. Super stroke would and should not be on this list.

  26. ProjectX

    Oct 17, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Winn Grip Excel…gtfo. 90+% of aftermarket grips I see on the course are Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2Gs. I NEVER see a cord grip on the course and have seen the Iomic grips on the course once in my entire life and the guy playing them said they were the single biggest waste of money and in his bag. This list is hot garbage.

  27. cu2morrow

    Oct 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    75% of the clubs I see in stores have Tour Velvet

  28. Tom

    Oct 17, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    No Tour velvet = ZERO credibility… What about Tour Wrap??? The Green Victory grip .. probably the top 3 grips of all time..

  29. Winsome

    Oct 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Tour Velvet not on the list? what a joke this article is.

  30. LamkinAreBest

    Oct 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    No doubt, Lamkin makes the highest quality grips, especially cords. Golf Pride cords are POS, so slippery and not durable. Lamkin are twice as grippy and last twice as long. Golf Pride is a cult of crappy grips that needs to be put down.

    • Bob Pegram

      Oct 19, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      I use Lamkin Crosslines (non-cord). They last longer than Tour Velvets and grip better than Tour Velvets when wet. Probably because their rubber is slightly firmer than Tour Velvets. Can’t use cord. They tear my hands up, especially as they get older, although the newer cord grips aren’t as rough as old ones many years ago.

  31. Jack Meawf

    Oct 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Winn grips are cheapest grips there are. Its one of the biggest scams in the industry. Cant get them wet, squishy, the wrap layer moves around over the underlisting, material flakes off after about 3 rounds, and you have to change them out soon after. Only thing they are good for is peeling off the cheap wrap and use the underlisting for wrapping leather around. I would venture to say that the knockoff Champkeys last longer. Get that trash off the market and ban everyone from golf that buys that garbage.

  32. Matt Stovall

    Oct 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Yes..the old Neumann calfskins were on more bags than all these combined as well as the classic “swingrite/griprite” Golfpride victories-pre the velvets listed above. Still have a box of them.

  33. ba ba booey Jr

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    unfortunately the writer just reached age 18, so doesn’t remember neumann golf grips, Jack’s favorite and truly one of the best.

  34. someguyinboise

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    If this story is really about “all time” then there are several glaring omissions. Start with plain old leather wrap. Rubber is still a relatively recent addition to the truly ancient game. How about the Golf Pride Victory (“Grip Rite Swing Rite”) or even the original Tour Wrap? Those grips were everywhere.

  35. Jeff E

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    What about royal grips? They used to have a wrap grip that was super rough, and worked great in the Florida humidity

    • Poppa Shank

      Oct 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      It was called the royal diamond cord. Great grip, I wish they would bring it back.

      • Mower

        Oct 17, 2019 at 6:57 pm

        Yeah, it’s bizarre no one’s making anything like the wrap-full-corded grips like Lampkin (Golf Pride too) did in the 90s. Henrik Stenson played those on his clubs.

      • InJapan

        Oct 17, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        I can still get those.

      • Jeff E

        Oct 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

        Yep. Those were the ones. When I played in college, everyone who hit my clubs said the grips were rough, but I loved them because you could still get a decent grip in rainy or humid conditions.

    • Jose Pinatas

      Oct 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Royal Sand Wrap??? Awesome grip.

  36. James Lue

    Oct 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    PURE DTX and Lamkin Crossline (blacked out). Grips last forever and don’t get all slick after six months, like Golf Pride.7

  37. kumat63

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Tour Velvet is way better and more popular on tour and among better players than TV cord (Eldrick Woods notwithstanding).

  38. Dan

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Grip Master Roo grips? Sure 2 kangaroos had to die for me to get mine but totally worth it.

    • MikeB

      Oct 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Have had Grip Master kangaroo grips since I purchased the JPX900 when they came out. A quick scrub with warm water and soft bristled brush, and they are like new. Yes they can be expensive, but playing easily 100+ rounds a year, it’s worth it not buying and replacing grips one or two times each year. Plus the tackiness here in Florida is priceless. Warm them up a bit, and 40psi on the compressor, they slide right on.

  39. DukeOfChinoHills

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Winn Dry-Tac standard because they have a little cushion, aren’t heavy, and are pretty durable.

  40. Jason B

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve played everything on this list except the Iomics. Golf Pride Tour Wrap 1/2 cord ribbed crushes everything on this list by a mile. And current ribbed grips are so weak they might as well be full round. It’s sad.

    • Simon

      Oct 18, 2019 at 3:09 am

      Well said .. the full cord with reminder rocks too

  41. Joe McManuis

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I would suggest that anyone looking for a cord grip should consider the Lamkin Players Cord grip as as an alternative to the both the Tour Velvet Cord and the Lamkin Crossline cord with the Players cord being available in both standard taper and reduced taper and being less rough than the Crossline Cord

  42. Whitney

    Oct 17, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I’m amazed that Pure grips are passed over so much. Been playing them since they came out in 2008 and I think I’ve only had 4 sets. I don’t play every day, but these are THE best compound I’ve ever played, they last practically forever, I only changed to get a diff color but reused the older ones on another set! .
    Not a huge fan of Winn, played a bunch since inception of them but some decent putting grips.
    I liked the NewDecade Multi – but guess what, they wear out before a season is over, when new good feel.
    When I switched to Pure, I’ve never looked back, and they go on with an air gun! How innovative, you don’t really need tape. Change and ready to play instantly, what’s not to love about these, I will never change again!

    • Bob Pegram

      Oct 19, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Any rubber grip including cords can be installed with air. Makes it easier, less messy, and quicker. Pure are designed to be installed without tape. With others I use two wraps of masking tape which is equivalent to one wrap of double-sided tape. They go right on and never slip. Also easier to replace when worn out. Double-sided tape doesn’t work with air – the grip sticks part way on.
      Using air with Winns often separates the “skin” from the underlistiong so won’t work.

  43. Kevin Hefner

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Any list without the Green Victory is null and void

    • oaks

      Oct 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Green Victory and Green Victory Cord have to be included.

      • fla fla flooey

        Oct 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm

        gotta include victory and the tacky mac/tour wrap style

    • Dan

      Oct 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      I cant believe Victory didn’t make the list.

    • Poppa shank

      Oct 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Barath has 16 years experience and didn’t include the tour victory? Did he start club fitting at age 2?

  44. JB

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Completely subjective article.

    • A. Commoner

      Oct 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm

      Maybe…. or: owing to a disregard of history, it was meant to appear in this month’s issue of Comedy Revue.

  45. J

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    All time? There’s like 2-3 leather grips that are significantly better than most ot the ones listed and that were iconic in the pre-rubber era. This looks like a list of the top 5 grips of today.

  46. hajenius

    Oct 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Maybe the most sold (and what I have understood the most used on tour) grip i the world? I like them, nad a lot of people put them on as a replacement grip too/

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

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.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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