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#1 ping34

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:22 AM

Every time I open a catalog I am amazed at the price of grips these days.  It seems many grips are in the 7 to 10 dollar price range.  Besides the tour pros, who else can replace grips at these prices on a regular basis?

Does anyone out there have a explanation on why grips have sky rocketed in price in the last few years?  

Grips are not that expensive to make.  I feel they are gouging the public.

Would love to hear some feed back on this topic.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:25 AM

View Postping34, on 26 February 2013 - 02:22 AM, said:

I feel they are gouging the public.

Golf is one big gouge to the public.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:29 AM

Fuel prices have rocketed over the last few years & a lot of grips are made in China, so this could be why.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:35 AM

Price of rubber has gone up...look at the price of tires.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:50 AM

If price is a factor, you just have to keep your eye out for good deals, e.g. clearance grips (stock up!), etc.  
At Golftown here in Canada they have their 50% off grip sale and it can be a great time to stock up as well.

Or you are like me and Lamkin keeps discontinuing the grips you like....so you end up buying like 70 grips at a time when they are blowing them out of the store for a few bucks each!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:37 AM

Because the manufacturers found out that people are willing to pay 100-300% more to color match their grips to their paintfill, bag color, clothing, etc.

You can still get Lamkin Crossline Blacks or Tour Velvets for a decent price.  But if you have to have a grip that matches your (insert color here) paint scheme so that your bag looks "sick," prepare to pay for it.

Hell, people are willing to pay $1-2 EACH for ferrules nowadays if they have a color scheme.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

View Poststage1350, on 26 February 2013 - 07:37 AM, said:

Because the manufacturers found out that people are willing to pay 100-300% more to color match their grips to their paintfill, bag color, clothing, etc.

You can still get Lamkin Crossline Blacks or Tour Velvets for a decent price.  But if you have to have a grip that matches your (insert color here) paint scheme so that your bag looks "sick," prepare to pay for it.

Hell, people are willing to pay $1-2 EACH for ferrules nowadays if they have a color scheme.

Dude, I murdered out my clubs! REDICULOUS! They are SICK! Check out my custom paintfill!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:51 AM

20 years ago basic all rubber grips like the tour wrap were $3 and cord grips were $5.  With inflation those prices translate to $5/8.  Pretty much what they cost now.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

View PostTahoeDust, on 26 February 2013 - 02:35 AM, said:

Price of rubber has gone up...look at the price of tires.

This

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:52 AM

Yeah prices are high and grips like clubs I like to change frequently. To me the key is finding cheaper alternatives. For example I have used Tacki-macs the last few years at $3.50 vs $15+ for Iomic stickys. This past weekend I switched to the Sharpro Duel Compound Cords for $2.99 a grip vs $9.99 for GP. And to be honest the sharpro's have a better feel to me than the GP. As long as you don't care about the name on the grip, you can find identical grips and in some cases better grips for a fraction of the cost.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

Because people pay it. Same for the price of golf clubs and greens fees. People pay it so they know they can just keep increasing it.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

Here is a website with reasonable grip prices. I have used the Karma grips. They work well for me.

http://www.valuegolf...Golf-Grips.html

Edited by Llefty, 26 February 2013 - 09:21 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

View PostNessism, on 26 February 2013 - 07:51 AM, said:

20 years ago basic all rubber grips like the tour wrap were $3 and cord grips were $5.  With inflation those prices translate to $5/8.  Pretty much what they cost now.

This.  It's called inflation.  Manufacturer costs go up, therefore they have to raise their prices.  Labor prices in China are rising as well.   Just google it.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:46 AM

Yep, inflation.  I do find myself changing to things that are on sale though just to try them and see what I like.  I love the Lamkin sales, last year, I grabbed white crossline cords for $2 each at Golf Galaxy.   I check around from time to time and see what is overstocked.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:13 AM

One full set of IOmics per year runs me much much less than shopping around for a whole new set of irons I like two or three times a year.  I'm OK with the price of grips.  Heck, three seasons ago I sent through 3 iron sets and spent more having new ones shipped to me and having the old ones shipped out than I spent on grips over the past two years....

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:22 AM

My last three sets of grips have been Lamkin blemishes from Golfsmith for about $1.89 a piece haha.  Can't beat it.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

150 bucks (or about 75 is your are happy with black)  or so is a rounding error compared to the rest of the game. It is like asking who can afford 300 dollar drivers and 150 dollar putters. About 90% of the people that play the game from what I can see.

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Every time I open a catalog I am amazed at the price of grips these days.  It seems many grips are in the 7 to 10 dollar price range.  Besides the tour pros, who else can replace grips at these prices on a regular basis?



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Supply and demand. They want to sell as many grips for as much as possible. There are plenty of cheaper options out there. WAY cheaper than 7-10 bucks a piece. As someone else said, grips, like all things, cost what people are willing to pay.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

I used to buy Lamkin Crossline cords by the case (144) direct from Lamkin for about $320...............you can buy a hell of a set of clubs for what a case of cords cost now.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

Condoms are up as well. darn rubber prices


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

I don't really find grip prices to be that high.  I mean, even at the high end of $10 each, you're talking $140 to do a full set.  If you can't afford to do that once a year golf is probably not the sport for you...it's never going to be a cheap game to play.  Compared to the way people buy golf clubs around here, dropping a little on grips seems like nothing.  And those are for some very expensive grips.  I like the VDRs myself, so at $6.5 each we're only talking $84 or so, not including a putter grip.  I put a full set of mid-size VDRs on my irons last year and they are still in great shape...don't think I'll need to replace them this year.  My woods use Winn Lite midsize and those are showing some wear so those will likely get replaced before the season starts.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:41 PM

View PostAaronS, on 26 February 2013 - 12:01 PM, said:

Condoms are up as well. darn rubber prices

People still use those?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

Oil.  Lots of oil to manufacture rubber.  Gas prices go up and so will anything else that's petroleum based.  Learning to do it yourself will save a ton.  Learning to do it yourself with air will save even more as you can easily remove and reuse grips whenever you change clubs.  Put whatever old cheapie you have laying around on any club you're going to sell or trade.  A shiny new grip doesn't do anything to increase resale or trade in value anyway.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

Last time I bought grips they were on sale at $.99 ea. Bought 80 of them.

Probably do the same thing next time I get low.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

look at putter grips


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

Prices (Golf Pride especially) went up before the recession of 1997/98 due to the increased price of oil. However, when the bottom fell out and gas was $1.25 a gallon, they never brought the prices back in line.  I used to play GPTVFC's and replace every 12-16 months. Now I play regular rubber (moving to a very dry location helped) and don't replace them until they are so slick that Teflon feels tacky compared to them.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

Just be tenacious in checking your local Golf Galaxy, Edwin Watts, etc for clearance deals and stock up when they come around! I just loaded up on the remainder of my local store's ndmc whiteouts for 2.97 a pop. The only downside is that my clubs won't match throughout but I'd sacrifice style over value.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:08 AM

View Postslide13, on 26 February 2013 - 12:25 PM, said:

I don't really find grip prices to be that high.  I mean, even at the high end of $10 each, you're talking $140 to do a full set.  If you can't afford to do that once a year golf is probably not the sport for you...it's never going to be a cheap game to play.  Compared to the way people buy golf clubs around here, dropping a little on grips seems like nothing.  And those are for some very expensive grips.  I like the VDRs myself, so at $6.5 each we're only talking $84 or so, not including a putter grip.  I put a full set of mid-size VDRs on my irons last year and they are still in great shape...don't think I'll need to replace them this year.  My woods use Winn Lite midsize and those are showing some wear so those will likely get replaced before the season starts.

I play 50 to 60 rounds during the summer season.   Affording the grips is not the problem.  It's the fact I feel they are trying to take advantage of the consumer.  The cost of making a grip has to be less than a dollar.  I had a chance to visit a company that makes grips.  they can churn out 8 grips in 15 seconds.    There is not that much material or labor cost in a grip to justify how much they are charging.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:46 AM

Rubber prices directly relates to oil prices as that is a pretty big component. Since oil prices have been going up domestically since we had a Texan in the white house, I would say we will never see a return to reasonable grip prices, unless we go to Venezuela, hear there gas is still under .30 cents per gallon. Guess that's what happens whey you don't rely on people you are at war with to provide you products. Yeah....we don't need no stinking pipeline! What would we do with all the sub $1.00 gas and oil anyway.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

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I play 50 to 60 rounds during the summer season.   Affording the grips is not the problem.  It's the fact I feel they are trying to take advantage of the consumer.  The cost of making a grip has to be less than a dollar.  I had a chance to visit a company that makes grips.  they can churn out 8 grips in 15 seconds. There is not that much material or labor cost in a grip to justify how much they are charging.

Less than a dollar might be stretching it, but let's say you're right.  Each grip takes a dollar to manufacture.  
They then need to be packaged.  (15 cents)
They then need to be shipped to the retailer (with fuel prices, etc, let's assume 50 cents)
The manufacturer needs to make a profit, and it has to be enough to justify bothering to make them.  (buck and a half)
The retailer needs to make a profit beyond what they pay for it from the manufacturer (2 bucks, which gives them the ability to run sales/clearance)

total pricing?  $4.75.  Yes, my numbers are of the quick and dirty variety, but they aren't crazy by any means.  In addition, my guess is with rubber pricing where it is that companies aren't making these for a buck.

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