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Golf Pride (finally) adds color with its 2013 grips



Golf Pride has been a leader on tour in golf grip usage for decades, but they’ve lagged behind their competitors recently by not providing many bold color choices in their lines. For 2013, Golf Pride is introducing the brightest grips in company history, its Niion grips.

The rubber grips, which are pronounced “Neon,” are available in five different colors — dark blue, white, green, yellow and orange — and use three different textured surfaces to make the grip stable and durable. One of those sections, which has a 3-D hexagonal texture that is located in key areas where the upper hand is placed, is stiffer than the other parts of the grip to reduce torque. What many golfers will probably like most about it, however, is that it’s painted a different color than the rest of the grip, giving it the cool factor that many golfers have been looking for from a Golf Pride grip.

Golf Pride has also refreshed two of its older grips — the New Decade MultiCompound and Z-Grip models.

Golf Pride’s New Decade grips were already available in six colors, black/white, black/dark blue, black/orange, black/yellow, black/green and black/red, as well as five “Whiteout” models, which trade the black upper hand section for a white upper hand section and were available in white/black, white/red and white/dark blue.


For 2013, Golf Pride has introduced a black/black model with just enough white paint in the lower section of the grip so that it’s not mistaken for one of the company’s Tour Velvet models. There’s also a white/green Whiteout model with a hint of yellow that will be popular with Masters fans.

Golf Pride’s red, white and blue Patroit grip has been reborn as an all-rubber Z-Grip, which has a red cap, blue body and white Z-Grip channels. As always with Golf Pride’s Patroit models, a portion of the sales for the Z-Grip Patriot will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides scholarships and other assistance to the children and families of soldiers disabled or killed in service.

Check out the video below for more information on the new grips:

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  1. bob

    Jul 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    bought new Niion grips for my irons. 11 handicapper. I don’t use a glove. I’ve used several differant styles of Golf Prides for years, and replace grips twice a year due to 125 plus rounds per year. Just tried the new Niion for two rounds and hated the feel. Too slippery in humid conditions. Let go of two clubs. Never happened before. Removed them after 2 rounds and went back to Tour Wrap.

    Very disappointed with the performance of the Niion grips, even though they looked great. Bad choice for me.

  2. joe

    Jan 31, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I can’t tell if that’s pink or orange,@ 0:46. I hope that’s pink! because i’m looking for pink grips. yes i’m a dude and hot pink would be awesome!

    • be right

      Feb 2, 2013 at 10:57 am

      the all-rubber patriot sounds great…can’t wait

  3. Ayrbhoy

    Jan 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Excited to try these new GP grips- any idea of a standard retail price for the Niion grips? Thanks, Scott.

  4. Golf Pride

    Jan 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Hi RG – Great to hear your positive feedback on the new Niion Grips. The new grips will be in stores February 15th and you can find a Golf Pride retailer near you at We have also released a new Grip Selector tool on our new website to help you find the right grip size and fit for your game at Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  5. RG

    Jan 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve played Golf Pride tour velvet for most of my life as a golfer and had the opportunity to hit balls at the golf pride tent on demo day with the Niion Grips, the blue grip to be more specific. Shot feedback was definitely enhanced and overall I felt very comfortable with this grip. Very cool design and look forward to regripping with Niion this spring. Does anyone know when these grips will be available in stores and where they can be purchased?

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Whats in the Bag

WITB Time Machine: Tiger Woods’ 2008 U.S. Open WITB



Driver: Nike SasQuatch Tour 460 (7.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 83 TX

3-wood: Nike SasQuatch2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 103 TX

5-wood: Nike SasQuatch2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 103 TX

Irons: Nike Forged Blade (3-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Nike Pro Combo (56 degrees), Nike SV (60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Nike One Platinum

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Sweet Spot? Triple Play? Examining the Callaway Apex combo set options



The combo set is not a new concept, and Callaway has been doing de-facto combo sets for a number of iron generations.

However, with the Apex 21 line of irons, Callaway decided to take the combo concept to another level, making a major investment in tooling and precisely calibrating loft, life, bounce, and blending in the Apex 21 irons to allow for uniform set makeup.

For Callaway, it was a serious endeavor and a thoughtful effort at the front end to design a family of irons for ease of combination, rather than an assemblage of combinations at the back end.

“With the rise of custom fitting, we knew we wanted to go beyond just a traditional combo set. By creating dedicated models and specialized tooling, we are making the transition to combo sets a seamless experience. It shows our dedication and leadership position in irons.”

–Dave Neville, Sr. Director, Brand & Product Management

Callaway offers a “menu” of four combo sets using ingredients from the Apex iron family — Apex DCB, Apex 21, Apex Pro 21, Apex MB.

Michael Vrska, Callaway’s Director of Custom Fitting & Player Performance, says the decision to offer four sets in general and their specific makeups was arrived at after lengthy discussions with the company’s network of fitters and the R&D team, as well as a close look at past iron sales and custom fitting data.

“Working with the R&D team to understand how they thought the different AI face designs, sole configurations, specs and other design details could be best blended together started the process, but working with our National Fitters Board and other top club fitters across the country was key to creating the four sets. We then used custom sales data and additional feedback from our internal fitting team to fine tune. I’m proud of the work we did and it’s been exciting to see positive the feedback from golfers about these new fitting options.” — Michael Vrska, Callaway’s Director of Custom Fitting & Player Performance

Sweet Spot

The first of Callaway’s four combo sets is targeted toward players who need more help in the long irons, the “Sweet Spot” combo features the Apex DCB in 4 and 5-irons and Apex 21 in 6-AW. It’s designed to offer maximum distance and forgiveness in the longest irons.


According to Callaway, the “Mixed” set player is generally a mid-handicap who struggles to hit long irons but doesn’t want to replace long irons with hybrids. The Mixed includes Apex 21 in 3 through 7-irons and Apex Pro in 8-iron through A-wedge.

Triple Play

The “Triple Play” generally appeals to a similar player as the Mixed but one with a preference for more technology and a more compact look at address in the scoring clubs. It features Apex DCB (4-5), Apex 21 (6-9) and Apex Pro (PW-AW).


Offering true blades in the scoring clubs, the “Player” combo set, appropriately, is designed for the better player. Outfitted with taper tip shafts throughout, the Player set is composed of Apex Pro irons in 3-7 and Apex MB in 8-AW.

The most popular of the new Callaway combo sets, according to Neville, is the Apex Mixed. The Mixed, again, features the Apex 21 in 3 through 7-iron and the Apex Pro in 8-iron through A-wedge.

Roughly 15 percent of Callaway’s full iron set orders are for combo sets. But with the embrace of customization generally, the continued growth of custom fitting, and fitters familiarizing themselves with the new “menu” — and who is best suited for each “dish” — that percentage will grow.

Ultimately, the Callaway combo set options — and the introduction of the Apex DCB — are evidence of the company’s commitment to offering not only viable irons but an optimal set makeup for every golfer.

For more details, and answers to the questions we know WRXers want to ask, we spoke with Michael Vrska.

GolfWRX: For the combo set, how does adjusting the lofts weak or strong affect the bounce? Will it affect playability?

MV: For the Apex Pro heads in the Mixed and Triple Play sets we actually do separate tooling for those, so the lofts are adjusted independently from bounce during the design phase. For the other Apex heads in the other combo sets we need to bend to get loft dialed in, we limit that to one degree so turf interaction differences are minimized. And remember, loft and bounce changes are a one-to-one ratio. One degree stronger loft equals one degree less bounce and vice versa.

GolfWRX: For the higher handicapper, is it more effective to have short irons that launch higher and land steeper, or is there a method to bringing down trajectory?

MV: For higher handicaps with slower swing speeds, they typically don’t generate a lot of spin on their own, so yes, descent angle and peak height are optimized so the player can still carry the ball far enough and limit roll out, though spin is still a factor to that player in terms of ball flight. On the other hand, some higher handicap players swing very fast and generate a lot of spin, but controlling that spin or having consistent contact may be more of their issue. And this is a good example of why we don’t like to fit for handicap, but we strongly recommend players get fit for their club delivery and ball flight. There are many different ways to become a 19-handicap, or a 2-handicap for that matter.

GolfWRX: For players who are married to taper tip shafts like Dynamic Gold. How do those shafts work in parallel hosels?

MV: Taper tip shafts work great in parallel hosels for those that want that. We can assemble taper tip shafts in both taper and parallel hosels and there are some players who love a shaft model that is only available in a taper tip. It doesn’t work the other way though. Parallel tip shafts do not work in taper tip hosels without boring them out, which is not something we generally recommend at it can negatively impact the structural integrity of the hosel.

GolfWRX: How do you optimize spin with the higher launching faster heads? Is it addressed through descent angle?

MV: Descent angle certainly matters, but we don’t like to put too much focus on any one single factor. For every player type and iron set we look at speed, launch angle, descent angle, peak height and spin to maximize distance, with proper gapping, and also to make sure iron shots will hold the green. There is no one size fits all answer to that. It’s why we offer multiple Apex sets, multiple Apex combo sets and recommend all golfers get fit.


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Dustin Johnson using a mini-driver at the 2021 U.S. Open?, Mickelson spotted with new TaylorMade mini-driver



In our forums, our members have been commenting on a potentially significant change to Dustin Johnson’s equipment setup at the 2021 U.S. Open.

Per TaylorMade Rep Chris Trott’s Instagram, included in DJ’s build sheet for this week is a mini driver with an LA Golf shaft, as well as a 15.5 degree Sim Max HL driver.


Phil Mickelson’s TaylorMade Original One mini-driver has received plenty of attention recently, as the 50-year-old utilized the club so effectively on his way to winning the 2021 PGA Championship.

In a twist, however, Lefty was spotted on Monday at Torrey Pines using TaylorMade’s latest 300 Series Mini driver which hit the USGA conforming list last month. 

Speaking to media on Monday about the utilization of a mini-driver this week, Mickelson said

“Just a 2-wood. I call it a 2-wood but it’s a mini driver. Just a 2-wood. I think at least half, if not a fraction more, of tee shots will be with that club just because the way the fairways are a little bit firmer than Farmers.

The ball runs out and it gets down there to a pretty good spot. There’s a lot of holes where it kind of turns or tightens, and I don’t really want to get to that spot. If you look at 4, you get it down too far and it starts to pinch in by the canyon. You look at the contour on 7, how much that fairway pitches. I really don’t want to get it down there.

That 2-wood, I’ll call it, seems to fit the right yardage on a lot of those holes for me.”

Our members have been speculating on the potential use of a mini-driver for DJ at Torrey and whether the move could be inspired by Phil, as the World Number One goes in search of his second U.S. Open title.

  • CCUgolfer23: “Would be interesting to see this combo since his driving last week wasn’t great.”
  • bladehunter: “Doesn’t look like a driver. Or it’s a secondary driver. Like Phil, 44 inches is a 3 wood these days.”
  • Valtiel: “DJ quite notably uses a pretty short 3-wood though, especially for his height. 42.75″ I believe. Also almost always higher lofted, 16-17*. I wonder if this is maybe something for him to turn over and goes further than his 3w?”

Check out the full discussion here.

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