Winn Grip Reviews

By Rowena Pedrena

Specs

Designed by rocket scientist Dr. Ben Huang, the first Winn Grip hit the market in 1996. The golf club grips are made from a polymer called elastom, unlike traditional grips made from rubber. There are eleven models, each falling in one of three different "feels" of soft, medium and firm. The grips can be installed on woods, irons and putters and come in a spectrum of color options and sizes for men, women and children's clubs. In a short time Winn has quickly established itself as a serious grip brand competing with some of the top manufacturers.

Field Use

The grips feel significantly softer and tackier as soon as your grip them. Because they are not made of rubber they won't be as rough on your hands over time. The grips are designed to absorb any vibration or shock that resonates through the golf shaft during impact. In addition, the friction of the grip material on bare hands provides sufficient traction that only intensifies with the use of a glove. The grips can be installed on single clubs or full sets. There is also a putter line. The grips come in standard, mid-sized and over-sized for men and standard for women and children. The grips are installed the same way as rubber grips and require no special solvent or grip tape.

Pros and Cons

The Winn grips feel great and are very tacky, especially the first few rounds after installation. However, they tend to wear out quicker than rubber grips. They are significantly more expensive, in most cases almost double the price of a basic rubber grip, so this can be problematic if you golf often. They also tend to be more difficult to install, so if you do grip work yourself you may have to buy more if you ruin any during the process. The grip's main strengths are its tackiness and slip resistance. But these qualities become virtually useless when playing in wet weather. Aside from constantly drying them off with every shot, there is no way around this issue.

Bottom Line

The grip is well designed and feels good. If you're a player who values the feel of a soft non-abrasive grip and plays a few times a month, these grips are a good option. Women, children, beginners and senior players will find these grips fun, user-friendly and soft to the touch. A more seasoned player might prefer a traditional rubber grip that will withstand a number of rounds before needing replacement. Also the tackiness might be overkill for a player who prefers to have more freedom with re-gripping during the set up. Some players might prefer this grip only for putter use as it can create a nice sense of impact and feel during the putting stroke.

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About The Author

Rowena Pedrena is currently working with The First Tee Metropolitan New York as a program manager and instructor. She played division one women's golf at Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, and has over seven years instruction experience, teaching adults and childrens both individually and in group classes.

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