Words and Video: William Murfitt Images: Lamkin/Medi8
Did you know, grip manufacturers recommend changing your grips every 40 rounds or 30 if you’re practising a considerable amount in between rounds?
Is this just a ploy for these companies to make more money and sell more grips or is there more to the story? Here’s the thing, if your anything like me and I’ll put my neck on the line here to say that the majority of club golfers are… we fail to see the importance of replacing our grips at the right times and continue to use their old worn grips. The more golf I play the more I understand about the game and importance of the little things and grips are one that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
One thing to bear in mind is; Your clubs are an extension of you, and your relationship with them begins at the grip – Is it time for you to revamp your relationship? Lamkin has released the new Z5 grips and I’m been given the opportunity to use and abuse them.
I’m quite a traditional guy, and like the simplicity of the game, I’m not a fan of adjustable clubs and have always used plain black grips, so when the parcel arrived on the doorstep and I was greeted by bright blue and white and very busy looking it was a bit of a shock to the system. But flick on your television and many players on tour have also gone brighter, the game has evolved from the days of black rubber to this new fashion parade and actually after the initial shock I really like the colours, yes, they are bright and a little in your face but once you take hold I can’t see the colour anyway. The breakdown of the Z5’s five zones on the grips are a nice little touch, making a clear visual reference of grip position, the feel is nice and soft, along with the most important thing of all… plenty of grip.
The Science Lamkin has developed the Z5 grips, with the all-round game in mind, from the power and speed you will hit the ball with to the change in weather we all face throughout the year.
The grips are split into five zones starting at the butt of the club:
Zone 1 & 2 – The Intricate Horizontal Pattern includes a soft cord weave that “delivers exceptional traction, enhanced comfort & slip-free grip confidence in all weather conditions”. Zone 3 – The Critical Middle zone of the Z5 includes the two finger lock panels, “designed to secure a golfer’s thumb in a consistent grip position with every swing. The panels simulated tope texture offers a unique tactical response to reinforce club control without excessive grip pressure.” Zone 4 & 5 – A Shallow micro-texture “provides a smoother and more comfortable feel in the non-glove hand, while the V-shaped dividing groove promotes a consistent and proper grip position of a golfer’s lower hand.”
Concerns Like every review, I try to give a both pro’s and cons, and with the Z5’s there will be no difference. My initial concerns visually surround the white section on the grips. How long until these become discoloured and grubby from consistent use? Well I can only answer based on the length of time I’ve used them. I had these fitted to my clubs two months ago now and they have remained clean and white. With the hot weather starting to come into play this may change when sweaty hands and suntan lotion etc. My other concern surrounds Zone 3, the two finger lock panels work great for keeping your hands in place throughout impact but the thumb pad took a little bit of time to adjust to. Due to the different texture some soreness to my thumb and a rub mark on my glove did occur. However , this only lasted one or two midweek range sessions but this would be no different to bedding in a new pair of golf shoes. Two concerns, one just a teething issue and the other an ongoing observation.
Weather Conditions With all grips, there is always the question surrounding how they will perform in different weather conditions, when it’s hot your hands get sweaty and they sweat makes your grips slippery and when it’s cold and raining grips tend to follow suite, however... with the Z5’s it’s been developed with all-weather playability in mind, The upper zones (1&2) include a deeper horizontal pattern and cord weave for maximum grip traction and control in all climates and playing condition.
The Verdict Well, what can I say… Once I was over the initial shock of the colour, these grips have been fantastic, and in fact have helped me to shoot my new personal best score twice. The corded section at the top allowed for solid grip in the heat and rain, The Z5 appealed to me as I’ve used the multi-compound before and was a fan of the Cord/Rubber style grips. The busyness was quickly forgotten, as having lines to correctly set up the thumb position and the lower hand grip consistently has been a significant help to have my hands in the correct position when hitting the ball. Muscle memory is an important thing in golf and the lines help to remove this worry from your mind when standing over the ball. With the golf grip being a personal opinion, what is ideal for one golfer my not be the next players cup of tea. Which has made this review hard to cater for every player, but with that said, I will be keen to keep these grips in the bag. What a difference to my game a simple upgrade of grips has made.
If blue isn’t your thing they have 7 other colours available, most UK shops seem to stock, Blue/White, Red/White and Black/White but if you fancy a bit more colour in your life, check out the Lamkin’s website for more colourful options.
Getting fit of the correct sized grip is also something not to be taken for granted, The Z5’s is available in four assorted sizes, it’s estimated the 75% of golfers are using the wrong size grip. Why not contact your local pro to get a fitting? Many pro’s offer this service free of charge.
Price Adore Golf Grips £7.75 + Postage per grip Lamkin Golf $7.99 (free shipping on all Z5 for limited time only) per grip