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#1 OpenPar

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:46 PM

Starting to look at Japanese grips on Rakuten and wondering if anyone has experience.  I have typically played Lamkin, Crossline Cord, then UTX wrap, and now Players cord.   What I like about Lamkin is the amount of cord and the rubber that is typically softer and tackier than Golf Pride.  So far I've tried Iomic 2.3 and while they were great with a glove, I unfortunately don't play with a glove and they felt like they got slick fast.  So far my favorites that I'm considering are Elite TD50C, Perfect Pro Cord, Tour G 30 or 50 cord.  The Perfect Pro are in line price wise with Lamkin, the others not so much.  Just wondering if it's worth the ~$5 premium per grip to upgrade.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:51 PM

I've played Iomic Stickies and NO1 Pros and they were great in terms of traction and no slippage.  But my issue with both was the very quick wear.  Both are silicone based elastomers which makes them wear and feel a little different than rubber grips.  To me they grip better but wear out faster than rubber.  Not worth it to me but neither is rubber.  I much prefer GripMaster leather grips.
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:40 PM

I like Perfect Pro, Tour G, Masda Slicks, Elite
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:56 PM

View PostOpenPar, on 16 May 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

Starting to look at Japanese grips on Rakuten and wondering if anyone has experience.  I have typically played Lamkin, Crossline Cord, then UTX wrap, and now Players cord.   What I like about Lamkin is the amount of cord and the rubber that is typically softer and tackier than Golf Pride.  So far I've tried Iomic 2.3 and while they were great with a glove, I unfortunately don't play with a glove and they felt like they got slick fast.  So far my favorites that I'm considering are Elite TD50C, Perfect Pro Cord, Tour G 30 or 50 cord.  The Perfect Pro are in line price wise with Lamkin, the others not so much.  Just wondering if it's worth the ~$5 premium per grip to upgrade.
I use NO1 Pros on my wedges,with 3 extra wraps.  I play a lot of wedge shots without a glove and I like the way they feel without a glove.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:39 AM

I really liked the Dance With Dragon and Masda Slicks. I've been wearing a glove less and less last few times I have been out.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:57 AM

I'd stay away from the Elite TD50C. I had a couple to test and while they feel fine and have good traction, they are the least durable grips I have ever had. The traction pattern is cut in in a way that makes it prone to tearing out the patterns. I think the Y360 will probably be the better option.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:16 PM

I can't seem to find the Tour G grips on Rakuten. Only for $21/piece of TSG.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 03:22 PM

I play the Elite Y360's.  Can't find anything quite like them in the US.  Worth the extra money to me.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:51 PM

I'm testing the Iomic sticky 2.3 Ixx LTC. It's the low torque model that has grit in the top hand and a firmer compound than the normal sticky for the bottom hand. Feel nice and I reckon they will hold up better than the sticky

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:23 PM

View PostPlayfromtheBrain, on 17 May 2018 - 12:16 PM, said:

I can't seem to find the Tour G grips on Rakuten. Only for $21/piece of TSG.

They're on Rakuten for $15, Rakuten search is not great for actually finding stuff.  I've read good things about Tour G so leaning towards giving them a try.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:15 PM

View PostKingcat990, on 17 May 2018 - 12:39 AM, said:

I really liked the Dance With Dragon and Masda Slicks. I've been wearing a glove less and less last few times I have been out.
Yeah, the Masda’s are pretty nice.  A little on the thin side for my taste but I can build them up.

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:10 AM

I play the TD50C and love them.they are one the durable side for me
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Posted 20 May 2018 - 07:55 AM

Try Perfect Pro with cords, play similar to Lamkin but it does feel a bit better than UTx. Not sure how it would compare to Z5s or the player cords.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 01:04 PM

Anyone know where in the UK or EU I can buy the Mazda’s? For that matter the No1 Pro also.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 04:35 PM

View Postgolftech, on 20 May 2018 - 01:04 PM, said:

Anyone know where in the UK or EU I can buy the Mazda’s? For that matter the No1 Pro also.

Try TourSpec or Rakuten. They can get you a set sent to the UK. You will probably have to pay duties.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 04:37 PM

View Postskraly, on 17 May 2018 - 11:15 PM, said:

View PostKingcat990, on 17 May 2018 - 12:39 AM, said:

I really liked the Dance With Dragon and Masda Slicks. I've been wearing a glove less and less last few times I have been out.
Yeah, the Masda’s are pretty nice.  A little on the thin side for my taste but I can build them up.

They were perfect for me right out of the gate, but I hover around a STD/MID, more closer to STD. So if you played a mid/jmb then you're correct, these grips would need to be built up. Gotta think though, the Japanese have inherently smaller hands as opposed to the rest of the globe.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 12:57 AM

Ended up ordering some Grip Master Classic Wraps in Mahogany.  They look great on raw Mizuno blades, fyi.  Not nearly the pine tar hell that my previous perforated Grip Masters were, why I ended up going back to cord.  Still might order some singles from Rakuten and try out some Perfect Pro, Tour G, Elite, Masda, etc. on some spare clubs just to give a review.  Thanks for the suggestions.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:02 AM

Muziik grips here! I have their DRC soft on one set of irons and wedges, and their Tour 360 version on another set of irons. I also have Elite Y360 S, Air, and SH. SH feel pretty darn good, they are 1mm thinner I think than S and must be different material compound (imo)

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:49 PM

if anyones keen to try  some,  I have  about 20 muziik blacks I was planning on  re grippin a cpl of sets with but went masdas I again instead,
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:35 PM

Those Muziiks dry compound are really really good !!!!


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:49 PM

I have personally found Japanese grips to be too thin. I use Oversized Lamkin grips and I find Japanese grips to feel similar to a ladies grip to give you a comparison.
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 03:31 PM

Your hands are 'YUGE.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 08:29 PM

yea they are  probably thinner ,  I just throw an extra layer of tape under most. pretty much does the trick.
iomics are normal,
cadero are thick( too thick for irons for me ) ,
masdas are ok, (big taper)
I found it very  hard  to go to bigger  grips , like the gripmasters , ive been struggling  with those. they take all the fell away, granted my hands arnt not big. still ,on irons I prefer top be a bit more flicky with the fingers  whixh is helped by smaller grips.
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