PopIt&DropIt, on 07 April 2018 - 12:08 PM, said:
Lol you are hilarious. Love all the names and I should have known better than to think you wouldn't know to practice with katana most
I really didn't need you to bring up leather grips man! I'm generally unhappy with modern grips and cant find anything I consider perfect. Feel like I'm always giving up something. I have briefly started researching leather grips and thought it might be the next step for my BBs. Now you have sent me further down the rabbit hole once again! Please send me your reccomendations on leather grips and what I need to look out for at your convenience. I'm guessing you already did all of the research and can save me some time as I'm starting from scratch here. As always you are the man and your information is very much appreciated. I want to know the truth no matter how uncomfortable and I want to know why. We may be few and far between but its definitely good to know there are others out there!
Also I did see that forging video before but I understand its significance much more now. Really is something special and I agree it says something that they are willing to put it out in the open like they do. They know they are taking steps others arent. Nothing to hide.
As much as I am about the technical side of golf, I'm all about the positive psychology side of it too. It goes along with the superior feedback of a blade design. The design rewards a good swing with a good shot result and a good physical feel. And to play them with the correct mind set you have to always stay positive and always stay on a positive feedback psychological loop. So to me positive thoughts like affectionate and sexy names for my clubs and also positive visuals like beautifully paintfilled irons are important to keep feeding the positive feedback in my head. I painstakingly paintfill and then epoxy fill all my Miuras and always fill the 6i stamp at the bottom blue and the 9i yellow. I do that not only to never pull the wrong club between the two, but also to remind myself of my education and how it is an integral part of my golf. So when I go and grab one of my Miuras, from the moment I'm looking at my bag I'm immediately seeing beauty and more importantly what enabled me to see the beauty from a complete technical standpoint. It may not amount to much but I like to think that it helps.
LOL leather is the way to go with all club grips as far as I'm concerned. From a durability and feel standpoint they are better. Rubber and silastomer grips are much more susceptible to UV light degradation and so over time the polymers that comprise the grip will break down from simply exposure to sunlight. Leather will not degrade at nearly the same rate. Plus there is the abrasive wear from simply gripping the grip and the hands and fingers rubbing the surface of the grip which again goes in favor of leather over rubber or silicone elastomer. And then finally in terms of feel, the shock absorption capability of leather is better so miss hits don't feel as bad with them. LMAO I hate to tell you but leather grips are awesome in combination with BBs.
And yes I have tried a few types of GripMasters on my own clubs and hit Best Grips from trying other WRXers clubs. At the moment my favorite is the GripMaster Club Maker's Stitchback. They are quality cowhide leather with a red stitched rib up the bottom. They are on my Porn Stars and my gamer woods and wedges. Here's some pics:
I really like how a simple continuous layer of leather feels in my hands overall and the stitch rib up the bottom is a nice touch. And yeah they make my Porn Stars feel phenomenal. By contrast my Cal Hotties still have NO1 silastomer grips which perform fine but they make miss hits feel more harsh than the Porn Stars. But tomorrow that will be no more. I have some GripMaster Kangaroo Stitchbacks that are going to get installed tomorrow. I cannot wait. And the kangaroo leather feels awesome. A little softer than the cowhide. Who knows? The kangaroos may turn out to be the best. Dunno yet.
Second to the GripMaster Stitchbacks I have their traditional wrapped cowhide Classics on my mp67s and backup woods and wedges. These are nice but again I am much preferring the continuous feel of a single layer of leather with the single stitch line up the bottom as compared to a spiral wrap seam around and around the club. They are still nice feeling though.
Third to the above I like the GripMaster bargain line which are the Kidd Leathers. I put these on my wife's blades and they feel nice too. Like the Stitchbacks, they are a continuous layer of leather but with a sewn seam up the bottom as opposed to a stitched one. Also the sewn seam doesn't feel as evident and distinct as the stitch seam.
Other good leather grips are Best Grips standard black microperfs or the latest GripMaster Master series that you can get in multiple colors. I have the blue Masters series on my Retros.
Edited by DeNinny, 07 April 2018 - 05:45 PM.