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Why have grips gotten so expensive?


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#1 DRRicks

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 02:43 PM

I used to be able to regrip clubs fairly often, but now after doing it a couple of times, you can almost just buy new irons.  What happened?  All of Golf Pride's grips (other than Velvet) are over $6 a grip now.


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Posted 30 August 2010 - 03:52 PM

It is annoying.....  You can toss up things like more engineering, raw material cost, new composites, etc, but it really comes down to the fact that someone figured out that people are willing to pay for it.  The older models like crosslines are still pretty cheap.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:03 PM

I still love the crosslines… and I just redid my irons in the PP 3Gens at 4 bucks a pop. Since moving to Lamkin from Golf Pride a couple of years ago I feel I get better grips at lower cost than the more trendy ones.

With that said I don't think anything made from rubber is getting cheaper these days.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:08 PM

Answer - compounds needed to make grips, and of course profit to stay in business.

Many people don't change grips very often.  My wife is a great example... since her clubs were bought she's had 3 sets of grips installed... and she plays once a week.  When we're on vacation, she plays 5-8 days straight.  It's not because he grips are not worn either; it's because he just doesn't notice like most people.  I attribute that to her not being a "feel" person, like most of the rest.  Then there are those that just can't afford to regularly change grips... they are expensive.
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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:15 PM

I understand, new decades are over 7 bucks each at cost. - just put on the lamkin all white grips with 3gen and love them plus they were only about 3.50 each


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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:39 PM

there's just more options now than there used to be,

the cheap grips are still cheap, and there's plenty of good options for $3 and under per grip

it's only when you get into cord(which were always more expensive)/multi compound/crazy color, that it gets expensive

some people figured out that tons of golfers will pay double the old price for grips if you make them in pretty colors :russian_roulette:

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 04:42 PM

Haven't you ever seen Fitzcarraldo? Getting rubber ain't easy.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:00 PM

Oil prices seem to influence rubber prices.  Have you bought new tires lately?  They have gone up considerably also.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:23 PM

go to Hirekogolf.com.  I use their Karma grip.  Great grip.  Good feel & weight.  Only $0.89/grip.  I'll use them for some time.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 05:48 PM

I blame it all on Winn, they showed that people will pay $10 a grip and the other companies followed suit. All you have to do is include the words "advanced polymers" and your gold...


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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:11 PM

View Postdasbill, on 30 August 2010 - 05:00 PM, said:

Oil prices seem to influence rubber prices.  Have you bought new tires lately?  They have gone up considerably also.

Actually, oil prices are about the same as they were three years ago.  I think it is more the advanced formulations,  labor, and profit, versus the cost of the underlying commodity level raw materials.  It may also be what people say above, a certain number of people will buy the grips whether they are $3 or $8 because, once a year, it is not that big an expenditure compared to overall cost of golf.  What they call in economics, inelasticity - the demand pretty much stays the same regardless of price.  The only thing that keeps prices under control is the willingness of some golfers to substitute a cheaper grip or a competitor's grip.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:47 PM

View Postremlapr, on 30 August 2010 - 05:48 PM, said:

I blame it all on Winn, they showed that people will pay $10 a grip and the other companies followed suit. All you have to do is include the words "advanced polymers" and your gold...



not a bad theory, add in muti-compound/color grips etc

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:55 PM

I got GP Tour Wrap 2 G's for $3.49  a grip last week!

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:25 PM

View PostSlapjax7s, on 30 August 2010 - 06:55 PM, said:

I got GP Tour Wrap 2 G's for $3.49  a grip last week!


That's a good point.  I got my winn pci hybrids for various prices last month ranging from $4.99 with free install, up to $7.99.  I staggered the installs because I was still experimenting.  During this time, I saw a number of other popular grips on sale, plus a number of stores had coupons and discounts for spending over $50, etc.  The point being, if you only change grips once per year, it is very possible to just keep an eye on sales and buy them when the prices temporarily drop.  Then throw them in the closet for a couple months until ready to have them changed.  I figure you can cut the price by a third, or more, using this approach.   otoh if you decide this week that you just have to have them all changed right now, well, you will likely pay the full retail price.

Edited by atlanta golfer, 30 August 2010 - 08:26 PM.


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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:18 PM

Star Grips or True Grips. Check 'em out and you be the judge. Lamkin is my next choice and Golf Pride can suck it. :)


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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:49 PM

i hear ya, i use the tour velvet in winter (still affordable) and the tour velvet full cord in summer (not so affordable anymore). i remember when grips were cheap! i know the cost to manufacture these multi compound grips is high though.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:36 AM

I just regripped my clubs with Tour Wraps 2G - 3.29 in the US and these feel really surprisingly good. My last grips were MC and after the first range sessions, I don't miss these at all. If you want to stay with multi coloured cord grips, take a look at the UST Mamiya Pro DC are not super cheap, but at 7.29 more affordable compared to MC. And really affordable are the Sharpo offerings: Dual Compound cord at 3.15 per piece. And these don't feel bad at all. (All prices from Golfworks.com)

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Edited by hobbygolfer, 31 August 2010 - 03:37 AM.


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Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:39 AM

Buy leather and be done with it for years.  With the price of multicompounds, they are a relative bargain.
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:50 AM

Quit complaining!! How would you like to pay $23 each for GPNDMC grips. Thats what they go for here in Australia. Thank goodness for eBay!!!!

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:05 AM

wait for Golfsmith's regripping promotion every spring.


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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:14 AM

Star Grips last and last and are a great value.  I've had mine on for three years and they are still tacky.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:38 AM

Working in chemical business, I don't think oil price dictate the grip pricing.

When commodity speculation reached its height back in 2008, oil pricing was getting close to $200/barrel.
Early 2009, when most of consumer and compaines suffered from economic downturn, we saw oil pricing being $40 to $50/barrel.
Nothing happened to grip pricing.

Now we are at mid $70/barrel.... grip pricing is unmoved.


All I am sayint is that Oil/chemical isn't the big part of the grip pricing.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:38 AM

View Posthobbygolfer, on 31 August 2010 - 03:36 AM, said:

I just regripped my clubs with Tour Wraps 2G - 3.29 in the US and these feel really surprisingly good. My last grips were MC and after the first range sessions, I don't miss these at all. If you want to stay with multi coloured cord grips, take a look at the UST Mamiya Pro DC are not super cheap, but at 7.29 more affordable compared to MC. And really affordable are the Sharpo offerings: Dual Compound cord at 3.15 per piece. And these don't feel bad at all. (All prices from Golfworks.com)

Regards,
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I loved the New Decades, but after playing with these 2 G grips...wow what a better grip! Great grip for the price.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:48 AM

I was wondering the same thing... I've been wanting to swap out the stock grips on my irons but holy cow, it would cost me like $80.
Hopefully I can find a set of grips on the bay for decent price.




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